Open Instagram. Click the big camera button. Point. Shoot. Add filter. Add caption. Share. It’s no new news that Instagram is now available on the Android platform. So what’s different from the Android version and the iOS version.
Fragmentation – the bane of Android’s existence. Unsurprisingly, Instagram ran into problems with Android’s fragmentation issues. The biggest problem is the Advanced Instagram Camera. I own a relatively older HTC phone, the G2, and the Advanced Instagram Camera is pretty glitch on my phone. As a result, I need to use the native camera app and be redirected to Instagram.
Instagram for Android also does not have the ability to preview live filters before snapping images. Not the worst thing, just not up to par with iOS’s Instagram. Furthermore, Android’s Instagram has yet to deliver the tilt shift/blur feature and has slightly fewer filters than the iOS app.
Something that remains the same across Instagram is the beautifully simple user interface. Some Android users still prefer to use other photo sharing apps such as Pixlr-o-Matic, Lightbox Photos, and Camera 360.
With all that said, Instagram is still the largest social photo sharing network as well as incredibly simple. The 5 million+ downloads on Android are sure to continue to grow, especially with Facebook’s recent acquisition of Instagram for approximately one billion dollars. I for one will definitely continue using it.