Instagram debuts for Android Phones [Updated]


Instagram for Android has finally arrived. The app was released in the Google Play Store earlier today. Android users have been waiting for over a year for one of the most popular iOS apps. The new Android app was teased a few weeks ago at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) in Austin and again a little over a week ago when Instagram posted a sign-up page on their website for interested Android users. Over 430,000 Android users signed up in a week and a half. Instagram is a photography app that allows users to edit photos with filters that change colors, shading, and the overall appearance of a photo. The photos can be shared with other Instagram users as well as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr users.

Instagram launched in October 2010 and currently has an estimated 30 million users. The number of users should grow exponentially with the addition of the Android faithful. More than 5 million photos a day are uploaded to Instagram with more than 1 billion total since it originally launched. 
The Android app is now available in the Google Play Store and is compatible with phones running Android 2.2 and up. Tablets and media devices (like the Samsung Galaxy Player) are not supported at this time. 
Update: Instagram has been in the Google Play Store for less than 24 hours and already has more than 1 million downlads. In comparison, it took the iOS version about 6 months to reach 5 million users. The Android app could reach that mark within a week. 

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