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Instagram for Android in beta, may be better than iOS app

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Sun March 11, 2012

Instagram on Android briefly shown at SXSW

Instagram's co-creator Kevin Systrom used a presentation at South by Southwest's technology conference to show the Android version of the company's app. Currently in a closed beta, it will support multiple screen resolutions and should run very quickly. Although shy on what it meant, he hinted that there would be some features that the iOS edition was so far lacking, if not permanently going without.

"In some ways, it's better than our iPhone app," Systrom told the Austin audience.

He wouldn't give a timetable for an open beta or a final release, other than to say it was coming "really soon."

The company co-founder reiterated his view that Instagram had kept to the iOS version since its launch in 2010 in order to focus on the basics of scaling the platform and coping with the sheer number of users. Instagram now had a total of 27 million users, helped in part by good timing. As mentioned before, the app launched near the iPhone 4, which became one of the most popular cameras in web sharing and fed an appetite for camera-friendly apps. The service saw upswings again in 2011, both through the launch of the iPhone 4S and after Apple named Instagram its iPhone app of the year.

Android already has rough parallels to Instagram, such as the photo side of Path as well as Picplz, but none have scaled to the same size as Instagram's iOS app. Difficulties discovering apps in Android Market (now the Google Play Store) and a less consistent hardware platform may have hurt exposure for these relative to a more monolithic platform like iOS.



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  1. MyRightEye

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    Better?

    With inferior cameras? Yeah that'll be a good trick.

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Amazing!

    An Apple fan defending,
    of all things,

    HARDWARE!!!???!!?!

    c'mon, remember your favorite phrase:
    it's not the hardware, the mega this or giga that, it's the ecosystem...

  1. chefpastry

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    s**** 'em

    Short change us iOS users and I just won't use their app. No skin off my back.

  1. legacyb4

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    Seriously...

    why would you openly diss the platform that made you what you are?

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  1. facebook_Jeff

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    comment title

    is this electronista or a gathering spot for iFruit trend followers. Any comment that is not about apple is down ranked while any pro apple comment, no matter how silly it is; is up ranked.

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  1. facebook_Jeff

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    I used to come to this site for news but now everything is one sided with a silly fruit commenters.

  1. DaJoNel

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    Jeff

    We vote down senseless c*** (like you write) or things obviously intended to rile people without being true (Arne).

  1. patrix

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    bias

    Although there's a huge bias in commenters (probably coming from macnn.com) towards Apple and some definite fanboy trend coming from there, I have to say the anti-apple people are ven more virulent and senseless.

    And I say this as a person who has owned over 5 Android products in 2 years, and love them... Most of the comments (from either "side") are just senseless, we should all enjoy the new technologies and demand constant improvements, not chose sides... Google, Apple, MS, Samsung, etc are laughing at all of us all the way to the bank with how we save them so much marketing money ...

  1. Flyingjoe

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    Bias, but not where you think...

    The thing is, some readers are so nuts against anything but their platform that they see comments about another platform as somehow being anti-theirs. That's real Bias, That's rabid, even.

    I think it's completely reasonable for chefpastry to say: "Short change us iOS users and I just won't use their app. No skin off my back". Same with legacyb4 : "why would you openly diss the platform that made you what you are?" And I would fully agree with these comments if it was about the Android platform instead when the situation is reversed.

    I'm glad readers can vote down the rabid readers at this site, sparing me from seeing the pointless flecks of froth they spew when opening their jaws.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Apple is no longer a computer company.

    it has become a cult.

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