After months of fake Instagram apps hitting the Android Market and upsetting Android users, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has gone ahead and announced that the highly anticipated Android version of their popular photo sharing app has hit private beta and will be available in the Google Play Store shortly.
Instagram Android app “better” than iPhone version
Systrom showcased the Instagram Android app briefly at SXSW and at the the time told TechCrunch that, “in some ways, it’s better than our iOS app. It’s crazy.” This of course built up a lot of hype behind the somewhat dismal demo given that the app was still in its early stages. In addition to the short demo, While those devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich can already enjoy breezy photo sharing and “hipster filters,” many argue that those aren’t the only benefits offered by Instagram.
With over 27 million registered users, while Instagram maybe coming to the Android and the Google Play Store a little late, it certainly has a big presence to attract users away from the current crop of Instagram rivals (e.g. Vignette, Photo FX, etc).
No fix date has been announced at this time as to when the Instagram Android app hits the Play Store. We’ll keep you posted as more develops.