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Instagram app for Android: Demand causes frenzy

While the Android Market has grown rapidly in recent times there are still many applications available to iOS users that Android users would love to have access too. One of these is the free Instagram app that currently has millions of iPhone fans using it. Users can easily create and share photos using a number of effects to the images. Now demand for the Instagram app for Android causes frenzy among some users.

Back in December it was reported by Mashable that Instagram was developing the app for the Android platform, with the company suggesting that its user base could double once the application is released. There was no release date given at the time except that it would be available by the end of 2012. This followed the iOS version receiving a major update that provided live filters, high-res photos, instant tilt-shift, and a slicker experience.

CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, said at the time the company was looking to expanding the network, and there were two people working on the Android version. Last month though rumors emerged that the Windows Phone platform would receive the Instagram application before it launched on Android.

An article over at Digital Trends is reporting that sources are claiming that a team from the Windows Phone platform is working with Instagram. Systrom would only comment on the already announced Android app. The WP7 platform has struggled to compete with Android and iOS with quality content, but if the Instagram app does hit the platform before Android it will be disappointing for its users.

A couple of days ago it was reported by Intomobile that while developers on both the Android and WP7 platforms had created third party alternatives, Instagram is blocking access to an uploading API that means the apps can’t provide a major part of the Instagram experience.

A developer asked Instagram to change this policy while looking to create a third party app for the Windows Phone, but unfortunately had no joy. The developer’s app along with many others can’t upload images or allow users to register, as the Instagram registration is in-app only. This will mean that third party apps can only provide the standard feed of images along with popular ones around the world, so the developer abandoned the app.

Instagram doesn’t make it clear why third party apps are denied access to vital APIs, but is likely to be because of the plans to launch on both the Android and Windows Phone platforms. Meanwhile while users wait for Instagram to launch on Android some members of the Android Forums have offered some alternatives already available.

These include the likes of Streamzoo, Lightbox, and in some users eyes PicPlz is the closest thing to Instagram currently. Do you know of anything better? Are you looking forward to Instagram launching on Android?

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