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UPDATE: Instagram says that a few features are missing from the Android app (Tilt Shift/Blur, Share from Feed, Live Preview and Share to Flickr), but will be addressed in forthcoming updates. The company is not commenting on plans for a Windows Phone or BlackBerry version.

Instagram for Android is here! More than a year after the photo sharing sensation hit iPhone, it’s finally available to download on the Google Play Store. Naturally, we’ve given it a go already so read on for our thoughts and photos.

As you might expect, there are few differences between this and the iPhone app. You log in, connect to Facebook and Twitter, take snaps, apply filters and share. It all works seamlessly: on our Nexus S running Android 4.0 it ran without a hitch (Here’s one we did earlier). Any phone that runs Android 2.2 or up will be able to run it.

If anything, the problem with Instagram for Android is that it is too similar. Instagram doesn’t take advantage of Android’s unique skills, beyond letting you toggle between front and rear cameras: there’s no homescreen widget (a real pity), and the physical menu and search buttons don’t do a thing. In fact, the only hint of Android 4.0 design guidelines is in the user profile section of the app, which includes a “…” on screen menu button

It’ll be interesting to see if the wildly varying quality of camera sensors on Android phones – from shocking to far superior to the 8MP sensor on the iPhone 4S – have any effect on the quality of the service, who or how people use it. In the meantime, you can give it a download for free from the Google Play Store. Let us know how you get on in the comments.

  • http://twitter.com/lexplex_ Lexplex

    Don’t take a picture with it while listening to Spotify – that completely crashed my phone’s sound card and needed a reset before it started working again.  

    Besides that, Instagram is superior in the smooth, quick and easy path from taking a photo, tweaking it and uploading it; but inferior in the sense that you have to post a photo to Instagram’s server/social network profile before it saves on your memory card.  There are plenty of other Android apps that offer the same effects but without this necessity.  But I guess that’s how Instagram makes its money – gathering data on where you are and what you’re taking photos of and selling it on.  

    I’m looking forward to the tilt/shift effects and other more versatile settings joining the app, and I’m looking forward to the bug fixes.  Until then it’s not strong enough for me to move from Pixlr-o-matic and LittlePhoto. 

  • Phil

    It’s rubbish !! Is this all we have been waiting for ? Minimal amount of lens filters, crappy frames , and a collection of dull snaps ? Pixlr – O – Matic is a hundred times better, although not as pretentious – Emperor’s new clothes.

  • Phil

    It’s rubbish !! Is this all we have been waiting for ? Minimal amount of lens filters, crappy frames , and a collection of dull snaps ? Pixlr – O – Matic is a hundred times better, although not as pretentious – Emperor’s new clothes.

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