Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...
Love It or Hate It, Instagram Hits Google Play
Instagram has long been one of the most popular photo sharing and altering apps for iOS. Amateur photographers and social butterflies alike who use Android can finally install Instagram on their own devices as of this morning. While similar photo manipulation apps have been on Android for as long as most users can remember (see Pixlr-o-Matic, PhotoFunia, etc.), Instagram is unique among the crowd because of its focus on integration in social media. It’s easy to share your pictures to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram’s inbuilt social network.
Upon installation, Instagram asks new users to register for an account. You can import friends from Facebook, Twitter and your Google contacts who use Instagram to your account automatically, as well as your profile picture. Once that is complete, Instagram presents you with a few users you might like to follow and then you’re free to take and post all the images you want.
While this DOES mean Android users are likely to see a lot more amateur photographs with hipster filters aplenty, some may consider that a good thing. If your social network feed already gets spammed with cats, is it such a bad thing that they’ll now be surrounded with a frame and layered with a sepia filter? If you’d like to give Instagram a shot yourself you can find it on Google Play. Be sure to check out this thread to discuss your findings!
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