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Instagram for Android tops 1m in 24 hours, 2,000 per minute

updated 08:50 am EDT, Wed April 4, 2012

Instagram gets rapid adoption with Android switch

The launch of Instagram for Android triggered rapid adoption closer to iOS levels, both its stats and Google confirmed less than a day later. The app's listing (Google Play) already showed between one million to five million downloads in under 24 hours. With the iOS user base at 30 million, the initial tally saw Android adding another 3.3 percent or more in a day's time.

Company chief Kevin Systrom had commented late Tuesday to the New York Times that, at its peak, the Android launch had been triggering 2,000 sign-ups a minute, or about three million a day. It's not known whether those were purely Android users or if it included iOS users as well.

For Android, the Instagram release has signaled both a closing of a gap in app quality as well as an underscoring of ongoing problems. Despite growing Android share, most mobile app developers still target iOS either first or as the main platform. Ease of development and a greater willingness to support paid apps have been considered important factors behind iOS' app success, but a better chance of apps being discovered has been most relevant and has shown Instagram's problem: app search results for much of the first day of Android availability saw the legitimate app buried underneath clones.

The Android version is currently missing a few features, such as Flickr uploading and tilt-shift filters, and is known to have compatibility problems with some phones' cameras. Unlike on iOS, Instagram also won't run properly on tablets.

By Electronista Staff


  1. lkrupp

    Junior Member

    Joined: May 2001



    We iOS users should be interested in this because... Android is winning? All these old Mac centric sites have been gobbled up by news aggregator conglomerates so I guess we just have to live with being bombarded about how the competition is on the brink of destroying Apple.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    I'm happy to get the info.

    "...rapid adoption closer to iOS levels,"

    They've got nearly twice the number of units out there, but they almost match the iOS adoption rate. Clearly they have a lot of work to do yet.

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