Instagram releases Android app

Instagram announced Tuesday that it has finally published its Android application to the Google Play market.

The wildly popular photo app has quickly wormed its way into the artsy hearts of iOS lovers but had not yet been available on Google’s smartphone platform. The app works with Android versions 2.2 (Froyo) and above, and allows sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. Support for Flickr, the app’s marketplace site says, is “coming very soon.”

A quick look at the ratings already up on the market show that people like the Android app at first blush. The app has a 4.3 rating, averaged from about 5,400 reviews.

Most reviews praise the clean layout and easy sharing features that have made Instagram a hit on the iPhone. Critics, on the other hand, say that they’ve had problems with the new app crashing and would like to see some of the iOS features — such as a wider variety of filters — carried over to the new platform. Others want to see the app aesthetically redesigned for Android users.

“Design and interface is very iOSish,” wrote one user. “Please adapt it to the [Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich] guidelines.”

Ahead of the launch, more than 430,000 people were on the waiting list for Android, eager to add to the company’s userbase of 30 million.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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