Instagram, a widely popular photo manipulation and sharing service available exclusively on iOS (for now), has Android in its sights. Every graphic designer I know with an iPhone is obsessed with it for some reason, and those using Android phones have been pleading for an Android app for quite a while now. Not to worry - turns out that their prayers are going to be answered in the near future.

Update 12/7/11: Kevin confirmed at LeWeb 2011 that the app is being worked on by 2 Android developers, though no updated timeline was given.

In an interview with UK's Guardian newspaper, Instagram's CEO Kevin Systrom announced that the Android app, for which the company gets a large number of requests every day, is "on the horizon." It's taking some time for a small team of 6 to attempt to satisfy everyone while keeping the core product running perfectly, and it's a relief to find out Instagram will not be locked into the i-world in the future.

This is what the app looks like right now on iOS - I'm hoping to see a whole lot more green and quite a bit less blue when it comes out:

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The relevant part of The Guardian's interview with Kevin is quoted below:

Systrom says that every day, Instagram gets a barrage of requests from people for an Android version of its app. The good news is that it's on the horizon.

"It's hugely important to us, but we're only six people," he says. "Android is a major priority for us, but first we have to build the team, and find the best people in the world to work on these projects." The company is currently hiring engineers and designers to help it move more quickly on all three of these aims.

Source: The Guardian

Artem Russakovskii
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  • cr0wnest

    AWWWWWWW YEEAAAAAHHH. Today I get to tell all my iphone friends "I told you so".

    • ethan

      Instagram is for sharing pics and thats it, its not for profesianal photo editing like some of u think

  • Jaymoon

    Too little too late. Once it hits Android it won't be "cool" to use anymore among the Apple crowd, so it will be irrelevant anyway.

    • Missy

      Too late for those people who use certain apps solely because they are trendy... For everyone else it's pretty rad.

      • anon

        i second that notion.

    • Madison

      That's exactly what I was thinking. At least they're trying though, I suppose.

    • Madison

      That's exactly what I was thinking.

  • Tony Cerda

    Phone makers spend millions on putting better cameras on cell phones because people want better quality pics out of their phone, then people do the opposite by downloading an app that makes their pics look like that. Ugh!

  • http://gthing.net sam

    Too late. Nobody cares about taking crap photos anymore. The fact that they would sit on a popular service and not release an app for the most popular mobile platform on the planet months ago is baffling. What have they been doing over there?

    • jack

      I wouldn't call android the most popular mobile platform by any means.
      Android is open and has large market share because everyone and their mom makes android devices. Android is not popular amongst developers. Which is why even though there are many androidthe appear in the market place many of them are of very poor quality.
      Android needs to work on this. I am a fan but developers are having a hard time making android appear work as good as los appear.

  • kvaju

    Great news, I would love Instagram on Android, now using pretty good alternatives
    Lightbox and Vignette.

    • http://foreveralone-blog.blogspot.com/ foreveralone

      Instagram's filters are so crappy you'll end up editing your pics in some decent app (like Adobe Photoshop Express, camera360 or vignette) before sending it to instagram like I do when I want to share an instagram pic, that's why you sometimes wonder 'iphone4's camera is so damn good, why are all those bad photos on instagram?'

      • Johnpaulhenry

        Hey Instagram trashers, Its cell phone photography, stop over editing your crappy photos. Also Instagram is a social network, if you don't like sharing snapshots, then shut up!

  • Gumper

    2nd sentence, after the comma.

    put me into seizures

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, I woke up in cold sweat thinking about that sentence and fixed it up.

  • http://foreveralone-blog.blogspot.com/ foreveralone

    Only 6 people? Now I know why instagram has such crappy filters (I have an iPad2 so I use it now and then). Molo.me is WAY better (although it's basically a clone with more filters), and available for Android and Symbian.

  • http://msjazz79.blogspot.com Jasmine

    Of course people can also try out the ones already provided via Android Market that r similar to Instgram. Picplz and Mytubo.

  • Jim

    On the horizon? Meh. Wake me up when it actually ships.

  • hihi

    Eye em is also a good alternative!

  • pew pew

    ARGH fucking hipstergram,

  • http://www.twitter.com/emmatticus Emmatticus

    YESSS!!!! I miss Instagram!!! I lost my iPhone 4 and got a Galaxy S 2 -- then realized it wasn't on the Android Market :( I can't wait 'till it is out!! Greatest Photography app ever. <3

    • eeyan

      wow!!! got the EXACT SAME situation!!!! ahahaha lost an iphone the switched to S2

  • http://ulooki.com William Taylor

    ulooki is similar to instagram and is available now for immediate download!


  • Mango Fleurs

    They ve been saying it for ages now!!
    But at least they ve made one advance move- they ve put in new filters which means more quality to photos.
    Im loving the whole vintage effect on the photos, the ones i ve seen anyway on Statigram(third party app). I'm glad i can view thehttp://statigr.am/m online as well!!

  • dazed

    You guys not realised that Kevin the CEO has 'had a talk' wkith apple about the android version. its a reason why some.ppl stay with their iphone.

  • RJ

    InstaPics android app has been developed using Instagram API and offers basic Instagram features and requires Instagram credentials to login. You can see popular photos, user feeds, likes, comments, user profile etc on a android device using your existing Instagram credentials. Check out “InstaPics” in android marketplace..

    • waveshredder

      Why do iPhone users continue toler
      ate the lack of some great basic features like Flash, 4G and a larger screen?

  • Esteban

    is it the horizon yet?

  • http://kbansari.com kb

    I personally think Little Photo is amazing!

  • Justin

    OMG!! all the pictures now will look the same :(

  • http://androidpandora.blogspot.com/ Myself

    too late... there's plenty of offer in the market

  • Katie goodness

    I loved instagram on my i phone. Its a fun social network. It different than Facebook or twitter. I can't wait till it comes to the market. (:

  • Syakster

    As an iPhone user, I absolutely love and enjoy this app. I'm not on Facebook or Twitter because I find social networking sites rather mundane, but I update my Instagram on a daily basis, I'm addicted. And for me, the only downside to it is the lack of android support because I'd love for my many Android friends to have this app, which makes it a lot more sociable. So I can't wait for this.

  • mary

    Duh its not the app itself, but the people that are on it. Friends want to see what their friends are doing via photo without all the facebook garbage and it doesn't hurt to have a nice filter to make those photos a little interesting :-)

  • katie

    Seriously need to hurry with this app.

  • http://emmatticus.tumblr.com Emma

    I think if they were going to, they would have already. It does not take long to make an app for android. I don't think Apple want to let this one go, though. Getting too much money.

  • Katie Naclerio

    When is it coming out for android??? Please come out like this week that would be great!!!<33

  • http://www.facebook.com Henessy

    I like the instagram for android

  • Elizah

    Is there a Instagram for the HTC Eris? I can't find it at all.