Feb 07 AT 9:10 AM Anthony Domanico 64 Comments

Hipsters rejoice! Instagram rumored to launch on Android soon


Unless you’ve seriously been sheltering yourself from the internet for the past year or so, you’ve probably heard of Instagram, the popular iOS photo editing and sharing service that’s taken the hipster world by storm. When we first learned Instagram was making its way to Android, we were giddy as schoolgirls super excited to check this app out for ourselves.

The folks over at In Flex We Trust had a peculiar and fishy notification pop up on their Galaxy Tab 10.1 which promoted Instagram as a featured application on the Android Market. Naturally, we went over to the Market to see if Instagram was available, only to be disappointed that it wasn’t quite there yet. Still, if the image at In Flex We Trust is legitimate (and that’s a BIG if), we should be seeing Instagram land on our favorite Android devices as early as this month. Either way, the app has been a major priority for the company for 2 months now, and we know for sure that’s it’s coming sometime, now it’s only a matter of when.

So why all the hype about Instagram? At its heart, Instagram is a fancy but basic photo editing tool that allows users to apply preset filters to photos to give them an artsy feel. Instagram’s goal is to take the fun and quirkiness of the old polaroid cameras of yesteryear, and mix it with the fluid and instant sharing provided by social media and the internet. Sure, there are a slew of other services out there that do the same thing, but the fact that Instagram is the most popular photo service on iOS speaks volumes to the quality of the service. We predict it will enjoy the same widespread success on Android as it enjoys in iOS.

Anyone else out there excited for Instagram to make its way to Android, or are you already using something that gets the job done? Sound off in the comments.

Via: Android Guys

Source: In Flex We Trust

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  • teecruz

    I am desperately waiting! :D
    I’m holding out that it releases this month.

    • Jorge Vieira

      Hope its out today!

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      I was curious about this until the “hipster” word appeared and I understood what Instagram does. Now I understand how those Instagram photos appeared so “artsy”. I bought an Android camera app (Paper Camera) and I am pretty satisfied with it. I’ll give Instagram a go, though.

      • Stigy

        Instagram is more for the community than the filters IMO — its a social network for mobile photography.

        The filters are just an extra though.

      • Jeff Pan

        flickr for Android gives you kind of the different filters and an instant upload feature

    • Jeff Pan

      Though I am excited to see Instagram on Android, I am kind of angry that they waited for so long before porting the app to Android!

  • Jorge Vieira

    Yes i am very excited i will have no reason to hold on the my iphones. I seriously use the iphone 4s just for instagram! Cant wait!

  • ManiaX

    Can wait for it!! It´s a great app, not just for hipsters! :p

  • Owain

    Ergh! Way to kill your megapixels… Honestly, we’ll look back on the ‘instagram era’ of photography (all 2 years of it) and this WHY?, what were we thinking?

    • Jorge Vieira

      Its really about to social aspect. And alot of photographers promote themselves through this service.

      • Owain

        Really? Any links? I fancy a laugh! If a real photographer was to use instagram it would be the end of his career, surely? or am I missing something here?

        • Stigy

          Here ya go: http://www.freshnessmag.com/2012/01/26/13thwitness-instagram-book-available-now/

          13th Witness has some amazing shots — some are scattered around my apartment after seeing his work at an exhibit. http://www.flickr.com/photos/13thwitness/

          • Owain

            Hmm… I didn’t laugh, that’s pretty cool. (sorry for double post!)

        • Jimbo

          Photographers use the service means of promoting their work, they don’t really use the app itself to take “stunning” photographs. Most of them still use their DSLRs and just upload them to Instagram…

        • Eric

          -_- see, the real ‘hipsters’ are the people like you. the so-called purists who think just because services like instagram take the manual editing out of the process, the people taking the photos are talentless and amateur. it’s obnoxious.

          i have a friend who is a full-on professional photographer, and she uses instagram almost religiously, in addition to her normal work that she does manually. instagram is mainly used for fun, everyday shots. yes, some people have attempted to, and succeded in, making money from their edits using instagram.. but guess what? that just proves that the service is doing a great job.

    • thekaz

      that’s what they said about Polaroids and look at them now! oh, wait…

      • Owain

        It’s good fun, don’t get me wrong! :) But we’ll look back and WISH we had taken a full-colour, full-res’ photo. It find it sad that the first photo taken of my friend’s baby was with instagram…

  • Stigy

    From what I understand this was triggered by a fake Instagram app in the Market that was removed because it was spam.

    Although I would love for it to come to Android soon, I feel like someone from the company would’ve commented on this by now.

    • Jorge Vieira

      I hope not…

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Well, we do know an Android app is coming, and has been coming for months, so it could be coming soon.

  • fletchtb

    I wonder if it is too late for Instagram to have a significant impact in the Android Market. I also question a company that has remained so iOS focused in a world that clearly has at least two dominant platforms. It seems strange that a company who’s sole business is a mobile photography sharing app has been so slow to adapt to platforms other than iOS.

    • Stigy

      I think the demand is still there — Instagram seems like its here to stay. I know almost 90% of my iPhone friends use Instagram and share pictures and I can only see them on Facebook/Twitter.

      I think the social aspect of Instagram is what is keeping its demand high because if it was just filters, there would be tons of apps to replace it by now.

      • AsakuraZero

        if am not wrong, we cant share pictures out of the box with Android? i dont see why so much hype, and as photographer i dont like filters unless is necessary

        • Stigy

          I’m a photographer as well and I really enjoy the filters included with Instagram. Depending on my mood I do a lot of Photoshop work to my shots to try to get a different editing look than some other pictures so I can learn and explore.

          We can share pictures out of the box with Android, but there is a different kind of social aspect vs Facebook since Instagram is only for picture sharing and Facebook is for much more than that.

          Just my views / opinions on the topic though.

          • NasLAU

            Seems to me like the app is not a big deal unless you’re into the public sharing aspect. I’m thinking Path might be a better choice for those who want to share with intimate friends and family only.

    • Owain

      From what I understand iOS only app’s get preferential treatment from Apple (such as shots in commercials and ‘featured’ more prominently in app store and awards etc) … So it would make sense for them to take advantage of this for as long as it took to become popular enough to go it alone … Making it free and ad free for as long as possible (like facebook) helped a lot too…

    • Eric

      the reason they’ve been slow to make the move to android, is because they are still just a team of about 10 people, and only two of them are working on the android port. it’s not a process that happens overnight, especially with such a small team managing a userbase as large as theirs (over 15,000,000).

  • delinear

    I must have been sheltering myself from the internet because I’ve not heard of it. Looks interesting, but as far as filters go I’d rather capture the image raw and change it up in Photoshop etc. (and if I then wanted to share it I’d do it at that point while still having a copy of the original for future use/reference). I guess I’m not the typical user this is aimed at though and I might take a look and see what it’s all about.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Now we can all be artsy photographers… like we are already… but now on the same social network!

    I will definitely give Instagram a try, but I currently use Android’s semi-equivalent cousin Picplz and it is pretty sufficient. Obviously the size of the network on Instagram is gigantic but that really doesn’t matter to me as I know very few people.

  • http://whoisholiday.com HolidayNC

    “Lightbox” provides pretty much the same features and community… might be worth giving it a shot in the interim.

    • Puck

      Yeah, I’m a lightbox user and I have no reason to switch to Instagram once it comes out .. the only social network I use is Twitter, and everyone dumps their photos there, so there’s no reason to use another app.

      Thumbs up for Lightbox +1

    • Az

      Yup, agreed, Instagram loss is LIGHTBOX gain, lightbox is equivalently a great app as well.

      +1 for Lightbox

  • spazby

    Can’t wait…

  • MitchRapp81

    I find it fishy when companies take so long to release an Android app now that Android is the primary platform…

    • Eric

      nothing fishy about it. search for “kevin rose foundation instagram” and watch his interview with the founder of the company. they are JUST NOW a team of 10 people, with a userbase of 15,000,000+ on iOS alone, with only two of them working on the android port. they started on iOS because the two guys who started it had iPhones at the time (and still do afaik) so they started there. it just drives me crazy when people jump to “fishy” conclusions without doing their homework first about the company, and why they make the choices they do.

  • Dave

    I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

  • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

    This is great news for Android in general. I don’t know if you guys saw the Best Buy mobile innovators Super Bowl spot, but, Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instragram, showed it running on what was obviously an Android handset. Take a close look.

    It’s coming… soon.

    • Owain

      Looks a lot like an iPhone to me… ? Could be wrong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cavHNSZTyAg

      • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

        If you pause it after the “filter” is applied, you’ll clearly see our beloved four capacative buttons.

  • Trinhbo

    I don’t particularly care to take “hipster” photos but I’m excited to see Instagram coming to Android just for the fact that Android users can continue to enjoy many of the same high quality apps that iOS users have enjoyed.

  • TT

    “Hipster” is another new photo sharing app where you create virtual postcard-like photos (larger and with location captions) and then share them like Instagram.

  • Lee Swanson

    I really love Vignette as a camera app for filters/double exposures etc… I don’t really care about the social networking aspect of Instagram. But, I support Instagram on Android because I don’t like idea of any app being exclusive to iOS.

  • Susynne

    Still hating that the world is I-oriented… poo! But way excited for android instagram! Don’t think its the best at string up pics but by far the best for sharing them. Twit-pic your life on instagram, lol

  • greeny42

    I am far too busy ironically drinking PBR and wearing a scarf indoors to get excited about taking deliciously antique photos with my trendy yet individualistic device.

  • Brenton

    I hope there will be more sharing options other than Twitter and Facebook for the Android version.

  • Jay

    Hipsters with Androids?

    That is preposterous

  • fatspirit

    I’ll surely grab it (:

  • Stigy

    Nice quote from a Gizmodo article who interviewed the Instagram founders.


    “”The only thing that will make other platforms happen is natural growth of the team. I think we didn’t expect how quickly we’d grow a year ago when we were like ‘oh let’s work on Android next.’ Everything became a priority, and because everything became a priority we had to focus on what was most important which was to keep the site going and make users really happy. A person is a person is a person no matter what phone you own. I’m excited to be on Android someday. Are you kidding me? Our growth is going to double.”

    And as to those rumors that Instagram is going to develop an app for Windows phone before Android, leap-frogging the most popular mobile platform in the world? “We’re evaluating all different platforms all the time, but Android is very much our obvious next step,” he says.”

  • van

    I’ve got no problem with Instagram as an app, but in the time it’s taken them to get to Android, the guys at Lightbox.com have put in an incredible amount of work to develop what is really the finest piece of work I’ve seen in the segment.

    I think it’d be a real damn shame to see people flock to Instagram merely because of its street cred, when a perfectly solid option already exists on our platform.

    Support the people that have made an effort for you, I say. Not the ones that focus on the most popular platform and then eventually get around to considering us.


  • Greg Bulmash

    My wife likes Vignette too. Me, I just use the stock photo app and use the built in Share to Facebook option on my HTC phone.

    • Owain

      And Vignette has been around long before Instagram, much higher quality filters/resolution too.

  • Nytrojen

    Damn… I didn’t think my jeans could get any tighter

  • cheeto

    Have a feeling its not going to be as polished as it is on ios.. try stream zoo. That is an excellent photo app with a huge following to back it up.you can also upload videosand Its also on ios.

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  • Nathan D.

    It would be great if I could try this soon.

  • Hall Lo

    Haha almost time! :) Cant wait to see this on my G2!

  • EmceeGrady

    I bet it wont have live view for the filters and it may use the stock camera

  • tagon

    I would have been excited if it had not taken so long. I just think it is to late now

  • 00quantameister

    I won’t be jumping on Instagram. I feel that Android should custom grow its own apps & dismiss iOS favored that give the iOS platform a greater boost than it already has. It treats the millions of Android users as if we’re second class. Not worthy of mainstream support. If Android is to stand on its own, it has to foster its own talent & create communities unique to Android. The fact that Instagram took so long to make this app? That feels like such a slap in the face to Android users.

    I would champion Lightbox as something created first for Android users by Android users. It would be nice to have that app that even makes iOS users say, “Damn, I really want that app.” I just wish that more Android users would think about, “Who targeted Android first? Who made us an equal or first priority?” Instagram’s a nice app? But it feels like they aren’t serious about the Android community with equal passion as iOS.

  • Mark

    eeh, i really hope instagram stays an exclusive Apple app. Can’t we ever just keep some Apple apps the other markets desperately want to mimic but can’t have?! For once please. There really needs to be a seperation. If android users really insist on having an ‘Instagram-ish’ app, tell a android developer to create one especially for android losers, i mean users. Sorry android >=)

  • Amanda

    any time nowwwww…..

  • James

    I fucking hate hipsters. With a passion.