Apr 3, 2012
Instagram is now available for Android, having been released to Google Play (before they could get the news out to the people on their mailing list!)
Sharing photos is easy after logging in or creating an account – just tap that big photo button in the center, snap a photo, then apply the filter of choice, then add captions and choose to share to social networks, and that photo’s out there to the world. All the photos from the iOS version appear to be here, with the ability to switch between front and rear cameras (this feature still shows up on devices without a front camera, which tapping it doesn’t cause the app to crash but it does slow things down), enhance contrast, and add/remove frames.
Of course, one of the biggest features of Instagram is that it’s also a social network, and following people on the service and seeing their photos has been fully implemented. It’s also possible to share one’s own photos via Android built-in sharing once it has been posted to Instagram. Double-tapping a photo likes it, though there’s no way to blow a photo up to view it full-screen. Other buttons on the home screen make it easy to find popular photos, track activity from friends, and finding more friends.
When it comes to finding friends, the app makes it easy to log in to Twitter and Facebook, and find accounts to follow on Instagram from those services. The Twitter friends discovery gets credit for being extremely thorough, finding what appeared to be every single Twitter user I followed who was also on Instagram. Many apps only find a small number of users, but this app finds them all.
Curiously, Instagram doesn’t seem to support tablets – or at least not the Motorola Xoom, which does have a full-fledged camera in it. This is most likely an interface issue with tablets, as the app doesn’t have native iPad support on iOS. Still, not having them run at all seems somewhat silly.
For those looking to get in on all the Instagram fun, the app is now available from Google Play.