Instagram Coming Soon To Android, Co-Founder Shows It Off Briefly

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Instagram. Just the mention of the world brings up vivid images of slightly tweaked photographs, uploaded via iOS devices to all corners of the web. But there's a problem: it's only on iOS. Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, etc. -- none of those platforms have Instagram. Why? Hard to say why the company hasn't branched out yet, but they know that Android is growing too large as a platform to ignore. At the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, the company announced that they had reached 27 million registered users. And of those, a ton of people are actively using it. Co-founder Kevin Systrom was quoted as saying that they're seeing "Facebook-level" engagement.

But more importantly, that the Android app is coming. He even showed it off. There was no full demo, but he had it on a prototype, and he said that in some ways, it's even better than the iOS app. There's no definite date, but it's coming soon -- soon enough for the co-founder to tease it at SXSW.
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sackyhack replied on Mon, Mar 12 2012 9:21 AM

Ugh. It's good tech, but it's been the bane of Facebook, and now there'll be more. All of my friends are constantly posting Instagram pics with retro and over-saturated filters. I just shake my head and wanna tell them that a retro filter doesn't make your drunk pictures somehow poignant.

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I can't not agree. People with instagram think that it somehow magically makes them professional photographers, and thus they feel like they should share their pictures with everybody. It also somehow makes them feel allowed to make really bad hipster photos and not feel ashamed.

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