Instagram for Android OS sneak peeked at SXSW

It’s been rumored for a while now, but the best evidence so far of an Android version of the popular iPhone photo app Instagram showed up over the weekend at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

The Washington Post has a good post on the story. At a conference on Sunday, Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom flashed a beta version of Instagram for Android running on a Galaxy Nexus.

“…it’s one of the most amazing Android apps you’ll ever see,” Systrom said “in some ways, it’s better than our iPhone app.”

What???!!! Although he wasn’t specific, I would hope that any applicable improvements to Instagram, such as improved speed or stability, would also be ported over to the iOS version for parity.

Systrom says that the Android version of the app is coming soon.

He also added that Instagram now has over 27 million users — almost double the 15 million users announced in December 2011.

The original story has more. Click to read the entire post, “SXSW 2012: Instagram’s Android app prototype makes appearance” on The Washington Post website.



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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Miege

    Haha, of course Android users are gonna be stoked if the ported version of Instagram is better than original. More customers, more revenue.

  • Scott Webb

    What do you think this will do with the instagram community? If you follow the link on my name to my site, it is a blog post that I posed to my readers. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    • lifeinlofiblog

      Hi, Scott,

      I read your post and will crosspost my reply to both blogs. I recommend that other readers follow the link to read your post.

      You make a lot of good points in your post about the source material for Instagram pics and how many of them are already shot on a DSLR and posted to Instagram.

      Personally, I don't think that Instagram for iOS is going to hurt the IG community any more than any other additional flood of new users will. Regardless of the device used to capture the image, there will be good photography, amazing shots, snapshots, and a ton of photos of lunch and puppies.

      I think Instagram stopped being about iPhoneography long ago and became its own entity. I don't think that's a bad thing. It's a natural evolution for something that is first and foremost a social platform about sharing photos. This simply opens it up so that millions of other users can play in Instagram's sandbox.