Dec 08 AT 3:20 PM Dustin Earley 103 Comments

Instagram for Android a major priority


iOS apps have been headed to Android in droves this past year, but there’s one app that manages to maintain its comfortable spot as an exclusive on Apple devices. Despite how badly consumers want it to cross the line. That app is the ever-popular Instagram. And thankfully, it’s exclusivity period is almost at an end.

Proud winner of the Apple iPhone app of the year, Instagram needs practically no introduction. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock this past year, Instagram is a photo sharing app that lets users apply faux vintage filters to any pictures they take. It’s really as simple as that. But the app has absolutely blown up on iOS, and Android users want a piece.

Speaking at LeWeb 2011, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed that two out of his six man team of Instagram employees is working on bringing the Android version of Instagram to market. In an interview with the Guardian, Systrom revealed more.

It's hugely important to us, but we're only six people. Android is a major priority for us, but first we have to build the team, and find the best people in the world to work on these projects.Kevin SystromInstagram

There’s still no timeline for release, but Systrom is currently hiring engineers and developers in order to speed things along.

What do you think, are you dying to give Instagram for Android a shot, or has Systrom and company missed the boat?

Via: Android Police

Source: Guardian

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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    Good news…. Hope it does not take to long !

    • thunsaker

      I really don’t mind picplz, but many of my friends ignore it because they can use Instagram. I would like to “like” their pictures soon.

    • Deeds

      BiGMERF, how do you have one of the first comments on every article?

      • BiGMERF

        Androidandme is my fav site.. what can I say :)

      • Sean the Electrofreak

        I’ve heard that BiGMERF gets a tip whenever a new article was posted. Maybe if I harassed Taylor enough on GTalk he’d do the same for me… :p

    • raminscc

      It will if Apple has anything to say about it!

  • pcon

    I may be the only person in the world that is not excited about this. I don’t see the appeal of making a nice camera look like a cruddy camera.

    • Chad

      No your not the only one, although it seems to be a nice app and it’s having its moment in the spotlight right now I don’t see Instagram anymore than just a fad that will probably die off when the next “cool” camera app hits app stores. When it does come to Android I’ll download it and try it out but I don’t see what all the excitement is myself.

      • philnolan3d

        Why do you even need a camera app? The device comes with an app for it’s camera.

    • Shadowlore

      Agreed. I’m actually sick of Instagram. It reminds me of people that constantly send MMS messages to each other using flip-phones and the like.

      I’ve actually had a few friends ask: ‘OMG!!! HOW DO YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT INSTAGRAM!!’.. my usual reponse: “Same way you survive without a brain.”

      • Anne L.

        I can attest to something similar. An old classmate of mine actually picked up an iPhone when his contract expired because he couldn’t have Instagram on his Droid :( Never thought one app could weigh so much on a phone choice…

        • gustavo gomez

          has he ever heard about vignette? way better than instagram.

          • tobinandandroid

            The main thing Instagram has going for it is the user base. I use Lightbox (which I absolutely love), but the same way I can play Words With Friends with iOS users, I’ll probably end up using Instagram just for its shear reach. Cross-platform is the way to go. Apps for everyone!

          • Anne L.

            Yes, Vignette and the countless other apps he can choose from. I think Instagram for him is a “namebrand”, and the others are just “generic.” Now that I’m thinking about it, he’s probably more suited for that iPhone for making decisions on trivial things like that. Ha!

    • thekaz

      yeah, it appears to be a fad.. unfortunately, that means the android version will likely be on the cutting edge of “out”

    • stenzor

      The filters add a little bit of fun to the photos.. and I like the whole platform of sharing these photos and having them appear in your friends’ feeds. Very straightforward and efficient

    • eClipse

      Nope, you’re not alone – dumbest thing I’ve seen in a while, and wholly indicative of how
      vacuous our society is, and desperate for it’s own “hook”.

      By no means is this a “must have” for Android, not by a long shot.



    • kusine

      You’re not the only one. I’m much more impressed by a well-composed photo that looks good *without* image manipulation.

    • desean

      i think Pixlr-o-matic is already able to do most effects that Instagram does so I am not too excited about it. Only missing feature is the social sharing which I will not be using :)

    • Shellee

      I think the point is that devs of popular iOS titles are finally realizing the 65mil Android/17mil iOS device split in market place and that it would not take much market penetration to make their iOS revenue and they already have name recognitioans a successful product. It’s a recipe for greater successful . I caution iOS devs to EMBRACE the Android UI experience, especially ICA… as I see many people on the marketplace giving bad ratings to “tired iOS” p

    • Shellee

      I think the point is that devs of popular iOS titles are finally realizing the 65mil Android/17mil iOS device split in market place and that it would not take much market penetration to make their iOS revenue and they already have name recognitioans a successful product. It’s a recipe for greater successful . I caution iOS devs to EMBRACE the Android UI experience, especially ICA… as I see many people on the marketplace giving bad ratings to “tired iOS ports”

    • Shellee

      I think the point is devs of popular iOS titles are finally realizing the 65mil Android/17mil iOS device split in market place and that it would not take much Android market penetration to match their iOS revenue and they already have name recognition and a successful product. It’s a recipe for greater success. I caution iOS devs to EMBRACE the Android UI experience, especially as ICS rolls out.. as I see many people on the marketplace giving bad ratings to “tired iOS ports”

    • MJM128

      They’re also WAYYY late to the party. They said they were working on this over a year ago…

  • Ian Sapp

    ICS already has these types of filters built into the gallery app. But then again, Instigram has its own little community as far as I know

  • Patricio Acuña

    where i can sign up for the job =3? good experience on a great app.

    and i was living under a rock btw i didnt knew much about this app untill a few weeks or so ago.

    im a newbie i just know about android

  • Deeds

    Great news, I will get it as soon as it becomes available

  • mrschmitz

    Regardless of whether you like the idea of the app or not, when released it will be a great thing for Android. The occasional media (newspapers/tv/etc.) is even telling folks to tag their Instragram photos for inclusion on web sites, leaving out Android users.

    This is a big deal.

  • lawrenceh

    Glad to see that another big time app is finally ready to come to android. But really who needs another camera. Cuz i really dont.

  • mrschmitz

    Regardless of whether you like the idea of the app or not, when released it will be a great thing for Android. The occasional media (newspapers/tv/etc.) is even telling folks to tag their Instagram photos for inclusion on web sites, leaving out Android users.

    This is a big deal.

  • james bricknell

    My nexus does all the filters…

    • stenzor

      Yeah but what’s more important is the network that’s already well-established

  • Black Kristos

    There have been plenty of alternatives for Android to suit me. Sure, the community isn’t the same, but my wife & everyone I know on iOS just posts her Instagram photos to FB, so meh.

    • Ilyse Rose

      Exactly. I use picplz to send my filtered pictures to tumblr and twitter and it does the job, it’s just the community that intrigues me.

  • ariesness

    I can’t wait till it comes to Android! I’ve been looking for an Instagram alternative for a while now, and I’ve yet to find one I really like. Go Photo is somewhat close, so I guess I’ll use that until Instagram for Android is released.

    • gustavo gomez

      vignette is way better

    • Ilyse Rose

      Try out picplz, it was one of the few psudo-instagram apps that does pretty much exactly what instagram does, except turn the filtered pictures into squares. I like sending my pictures to tumblr and twitter through it, it also uploads them to my dropbox so they don’t take up space in my gallery.

  • OutofPlace

    Instagram is as much about the community of users as it is the software itself. I have friends who want this app specifically to bridge a gap between them and their iphone toting friends. Good news!

    • eClipse

      Yes, by all means, let’s build >another< "community", because Picasa, Flicker, and that TwitFace
      nonsense isn't enough.

      If I want to share a photo, I email it, and I don't want them to look "vintage".

  • Donald Williams

    Sounds like a good app however just noticed that the stock mytouch 4g has all the options this app has. Then again with our great android software we should not need to get an app to do that. Way to think outside the box Google. Include it all

    • PapaLos

      I have the myTouch 4G, and yeah, a good handful of different filters.

  • Jeremy Johns

    no impressed… Way I see it , I can apply that vintage filter and many other filters with a wide range of different apps. I also, find it kind of laughable that Instagram is IOS app of the year. Doesnt say much for their apps.

  • PapaLos

    A part of me is looking forward to this, the other part doesn’t care and just wants it to stay with Apple people so I don’t have to hear, “we had Instagram first, nah-nah”

    I have a few filters on my myTouch 4G, Had the phone for over a year, and used the filters about twice. The first time was a few weeks ago putting up the tree. It was a good pic, I really liked it, but still.. meh, I’m a regular picture kind of guy.

    The social aspect of it, there’s something to look forward to.

  • jamal

    Woot woot! They couldn’t deny Android any longer.

  • Diaeko

    im waiting for songify for android

  • artesea

    I’ve been happy with MagicHour and the ability to create custom filters.

  • Moody Jones

    This is great news
    its the not the camera application for all the haters that spam these comments.
    Its the social integration. And most android phones have issues with camera software.
    Instagram would be a great plus.

  • Hall Lo

    Oh well there are quite a few alternatives in the market, and i dun get why it can be the app of the year for ios… tried it b4 and its not that impressive.. i mean its a really good app but people just think they can make their pics look professional by using this app

  • gustavo gomez

    Who wants a piece?.. Vignette has done this forever and it is an excellent app. It would be cool to have options but who cares. The article is misleading .. Android can share with better apps than instagram. The only reason is so big in iphone is because the sharing capabilities on IOS are limited.

    • Lee Swanson

      I love Vignette. I don’t know if I’d use the social parts of Instagram.

  • zyphbear

    I really think they waited way too long to get on board the Android train. So many other apps have done what they could to replace the missing app, like Retro Camera+, and while it’s not perfect, it works really well, takes the picture as a square (so it still works with Postagram) and gives a great look.
    Plus then ICS has most of those kinds of effects included, so with a faster shutter time, many may not even end up using 3rd part apps anymore.

    • Ilyse Rose

      Yeah, they were very “Nope, not Android” for way too long. It’s a huge problem with developers and hopefully when they realize that Android’s just going to keep growing they’ll fix it.

  • scuddern

    On android I’ve very happily been using Streamzoo for a couple of months and it is available for iPhone & Android users alike. Noticeably there are more users coming across from Instagram, should instagram be listening to their users and improve it before opening up to cross platform.
    Streamzoo has great filters, user generated tags and a good community.

    Has Systrom missed the boat?
    It’s a late departure but boarding will certainly be full. Instagram is big enough for users to flock to it regardless of timing.

  • Leonard

    It’s not really about the filters, it’s much more of the social networking aspect of it all. It’s like twitter for pictures and a lot of the time, android users are left out of what our friends deem worthy to share.

    • Steve Heinrich

      This is true. Although, I do believe that there probably are some Instagram users who believe that they are creating artsy and interesting photos.

  • Dylan Andersen

    Sorry to say, but quick Android support will make or break Instagram. It’s starting to become “that” online application. People are starting to subconsciously write off Instagram and their users.

  • nwilliam3

    I don’t really get the whole Instagram thing. Maybe I’ll feel different when I use the app, but PicPlz seems to do the same thing. Plus, ICS is going to have some of the same features baked in.

    Again, maybe there is something I’m missing, but I’m guess this more about Apple Fan Boys being easily amused, than anything else.

    • Steve Heinrich

      I love picplz as well. But Imstagram is about the community. Like with Facebook, it’s the idea of “all of my friends and millions of others can see my normal photos become fancy and retro”

  • PGP_Protector

    I’ve had this app for a while now, quite enjoyed it.

  • Patrick E. Mahoney Jr.

    To be honest, I don’t even know what Instagram is… I see a lot of the same looking pictures uploaded through it and I’m pretty sure there’s only one effect the way it gets used

  • sylar

    Well I know what it is but I have never used it. I might try it but I don’t think that I will really need it very much.

  • darkhorse166

    Didn’t they say Instagram was coming soon *last year* as well? I’ll believe them when the app is out.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Been waiting for this app for too long now. Is about time it gets to the Droid-system.

  • James Conley

    There are a lot of good camera apps out there now. More than I can really use with cool filters and features.

  • Jamie

    Hipster 1: “Hey, look!! I can make my 8MP camera look like a $2 kids camera”
    Even cooler hipster: “Uggh… that filter was so 5min ago…”

  • philippegee

    Been waiting for this for ages! Can’t wait.

  • MoSDeeb

    Instagram is a pleasure on my iphone, cant wait to see what its like on android. Hopefully its made with android in mind and not just ported

  • 00quantameister

    Honestly, I believe Instagram is coming too little, too late to the Android party. ICS will have the same “hipster” filters on Android devices before Instagram will even hit beta. Already a number of programs & services do this already. It’s been estimated that Instagram will get their app out by fall in 2012. This gives competing services approximately 11 months to step up their game & to add services to distinguish itself from Instagram.

    My advice to the Android community is don’t hold your breath on Instagram. Lets embrace something that’s uniquely Android home grown, that offers far better services, & makes the porting of Instagram look lame. Instead of chasing the Johnny Come Lately of iOS, lets pump up native Android apps first & make iOS users want Android apps. I’m so sick of developers treating Android as second class citizens. Android will eventually surpass the number of iOS devices & users. Android apps should be co-developed or developed first. Eventually the number of users will make Android just too irresistible to continue to treat as 2nd best.

  • itzxdjx

    Yes please! I wanna stop carrying this iphone arou d just for instagram!

  • goncalossilva

    Glad they’re finally admitting that they’re out of the most important mobile platform nowadays. I couldn’t care less about Instagram – not a fan of spamming my friends with photos filled with fancy filters – but they *are* missing out. Clever move, albeit a bit late.

  • Louis Atu

    I guess I have being leaving under a rock for the past year cuz I didn’t know anything about Instagram until now lol. Most of my mobile pics end up on my computer anyways but will be glad to check this out when it comes out.

  • Dethel Mateo

    MagicHour does the same thing!

  • Ilyse Rose

    Glad they finally decided to get around to making an Android version, after seeing it wasn’t in the works I started using picplz which does the same thing Instagram does but without making my pictures a square. When it comes out I’ll probably give it a try, but it’s going to have to be awesome to make me switch.

  • Taylor

    Definitely late to the party, and with ICS bringing built in filters, entry into the Android marketplace seems risky to me. Especially when the vast majority of Earthlings use Facebook (compared to other social nets). Then again, I could be wrong. Don’t quote me on that.

  • shiftylock

    If I wanted to be a hipster, I’d download an iSkin from the android market and grab a cup of coffee. Not at starbucks though, too mainstream.

  • humidity

    That’s pretty sweet! I know someone who’s going to love this!

  • Gustavo Gomez

    Instagram social capabilities?come on. Have you tried share with Android? Take any picture, filter the pic with any app, and share it.

  • smisa27

    Sweet! It’s about time! I can’t wait to get this. Even though there are apps out there already which basically do the same thing, it’s kind of nice to know we are finally involved in this social app.

  • donger

    yes, come to android please.

  • ramenchef

    I can’t wait for thsi to come to android!

  • ihatefanboys

    Correct me if im wrong but doesnt Android have a bunch of apps that can apply much cooler filters than this ? seems bland and boring to me “hey dude lets make our pics look old, whoaaaa” sounds like something that would be voted APP of the year on IOS, lol

  • marcustg

    It’s gonna be legendary..I leave her pleace on ny phone :)

  • Kavman

    I just don’t get the community aspect of Instagram…sure put some effects on your photos but yet another place to share stuff???? Between FB and Google+ I am done looking for ways to put myself out there.

    When people post photos from Instagram on FB for example, it takes me out of FB to view it – what a pain in the bum…I don;t want to be getting taken to yet another site just to see a photo.

  • mrmrchris

    Honestly, I don’t really get it. There’s nothing new about being able to put filters on images, vignette has been offering that ability for ages, and my old HTC Desire can with it built into the gallery too. It’s not something I’d ever use a lot, I think it’s kind of overrated.

  • David Hughes

    LittiePhoto is a great app too that has many options as Instagram

    • mothy

      Thanks I just went and got the app, works great.

    • wenxiang

      yes, one of my fave android photo apps. it allows u to stack multiple filters!

  • tagon

    I think they missed the boat a long time ago.

  • mothy

    I would love this, cant wait for the release.

  • Cheeto

    Streamzoo is just as good if not better. You can also post video and the effects are on par with instagram. Not to mention it has a good following. Alvailable on IOS and android

  • jefflarkin

    I do miss this app from my iPhone. I’ve not found an android app that does as nice a job. That said, I love the paper camera filters, so this may be too little too late for me.

  • Phil

    Why do people like this. I never understood why you can’t just take a picture and uploaded it to Twitpic, or Flickr, or Imageshack or any of the other countless hosting sites. Is it because people like the awful “old timey” effect?

    • bernie.d

      Its just a trend and all hype

  • w9jds

    If it is such a high priority why do they keep saying they are working on it and that is all we have heard for months.

  • ToonPanda

    Hahahah :) I love the discussion above. As one mentioned above: crossplatform is the way to go. Because people won’t choose the best app, they choose the one that most of their friends have, so they can share everything with all their friends.

  • User

    Instagram is totally overrated. The hype is almost over; now they need Android more than Android needs it.

  • Joseph Banks

    i rock Little Photo. has many filters and borders. so i’m good.

  • sgumer

    i would love to give it a try because i have heard so many good things about it. cant wait for it on android.

  • Kathrine

    I can’t wait for instagram to come to the android market.

  • bernie.d

    I think the hype for instagtam for android is over (i have a droid) … Yea you guys def missed the boat!! Ppl moved on to better things

  • beckybeccabec

    I really can’t wait till Instagram comes to android.. but we’ll probably have to wait till July or next fall -_-”