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Instagram for Google Android now available

by on04 April 2012

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Over 30 million users strong and counting

The mobile Internet world was caught by surprise this morning by an announcement from the creators of Instagram, an extremely popular photo sharing app for iPhone that attracts ridiculous amounts of hipsters and photobombers.

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Nevertheless, many are familiar with Instagram as "the app that distinctively confines photos into square shapes" and pays homage to film-based Polaroid and Kodak cameras of the past. The service currently sees over 30 million users on Apple's iOS platform (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and allows users to link their Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Tumblr accounts for additional photo sharing priviledges.

In terms of functionality, the Android application itself is identical to its Apple iOS cousin, featuring simple flash controls and a camera-switch button to alternate between front-facing and rear-facing cameras with a single tap. Unfortunately, the application still lacks spot-focusing, cropping and zooming after a picture has already been taken.

As we've mentioned, Instagram is particularly catered towards those special personalities with a love for photography aesthetic and mobile photo sharing. While we admit it isn't the best application for high-end photo enhancement on the go (see: Adobe Photoshop Express, Google Picasa, Path), it makes for an interesting addition to any iOS or Android user's application portfolio.

Instagram for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play store here.

Last modified on 04 April 2012
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