Instagram just announced that it’s making an Android version of its app available today in the Google Play Store. These release comes several weeks after Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tipped its arrival at last month’s SXSW conference in Austin. At the time, the app was not quite ready for primetime, but Systrom said that “in some ways, it’s better than our iOS app. It’s crazy.”
Instagram for Android is more than just a photography app with artistic filters, it’s also a huge social network with over 27 million users. The Instagram community will grow today as the millions of Android users can now download the popular app. Its allows you to take photos, apply filters and then share with the Instagram community as well as post to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare; support for Flickr is coming soon. You can use the front or back camera to take photos inside the Instagram app. One feature that is missing is the ability to post photos to Google+.
Instagram for iPhone debuted in October 2010, and let users add different custom filters to photos in order to change the colors, mood, border, and tonality of their snapshots. It hit 1 million users after just three months. Last in February, Instagram released an update that, among other things, simplified the interface and added the Lux feature. In an effort to avoid the privacy snafu faced by Path, meanwhile, Instagram also recently updated its iOS app to require users to give the app permission to upload their contact lists.
Now You can find Instagram for Android in the Play Market, where it’s a free download. You’ll need an Android 2.2 device or above to use it.