By Stephen Schenck | April 3, 2012 12:59 PM
Instagram may be one of the most polarizing apps around, where you either love the easy-to-apply filters or think they’re single-handedly ruining the state of photography. What we can all agree on, though, is that the iOS app has been wildly popular. Android users have been wondering when they might get a chance to check out the app, and signs of a pending release have been piling up all last month. First we heard at SXSW that the port would be coming out “soon”, and later saw the company host a sign-up page for registering your interest in the coming Android version. Today the app finally arrives, and Instagram is now available for download in the Google Play store.
The Android release of Instagram replicates most of the iOS functionality, but there are a few things missing. Effects like tilt shift aren’t available, nor are some features like sharing via Flickr. When developer Kevin Systrom talked about the release at SXSW, he mentioned the Android app would in some ways be superior to the iOS original. We wondered if that might mean some extra functionality, but Instagram has now confirmed that there’s nothing exclusive to Android in this release.
Instagram supports Androids running Froyo or later that have OpenGL ES 2 compatibility. You can get it now in the Google Play store.