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.