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At last, the much vaunted iPhone picture blogging app has arrived on Android and, judging by the one million downloads it saw on the day of release, it’s been eagerly awaited. For the uninitiated, Instagram is a Twitter-like affair but with a picture taking the place of the 140 characters. You take a snap, jazz it up with some …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I had to download it..

    Not because I wanted a retro camera app for twitter, but because of the toy throwing going on over at the Apple pram. They really are not happy, can't possibly understand why...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I had to download it..

      I installed it so I could post to facebook without having the permission-scary facebook app.

      1. stu 4

        Re: I had to download it..

        and instead had to sign up for instagram's permissions/T&C....

        I installed it, saw I had to 'sign up' and deleted it.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Android app of the week?

    Surely you mean pointless app of the week?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's a fast-changing app all right...

    I write photography apps for iOS, and as a result I follow a lot of the main iPhone photography sites and a lot of the top iPhone photographers. Don't believe the "it's just a phone camera, it'll be crap" line, take a look at instead

    Instagram was great. Was. Lots of the top photographers + artists had their work on there. Until the Facebook purchase - I'd say 75% or more of them closed their accounts, with most moving to eyem. The rest were pretty much all in the "I'll see what happens" camp rather than the "I'm fine with this" camp.

    I can only say that the quality has dropped a whole lot over the past few weeks. It's a pity, because instagram was really good, but then I've no love for Facebook and it's giving a huge boost to some fresh new apps, so I guess it's all good in the end :)

    1. Some Beggar

      Re: It's a fast-changing app all right...

      I used to like that band you like back when they only released their stuff on floppy vinyl and never appeared under their own name except on leap years but then they replaced the xylophone player with a drummer and got signed to a record label and lots of people started to like them and I don't listen to them any more but then I found another band that only play instruments that have been carved by people of unpronouncable ethnicity so I guess it's all good.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It's a fast-changing app all right...

      Sure is hipster in here.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It's a fast-changing app all right...

      "Lots of the top photographers + artists"

      'top photographers' don't tend to use smartphone apps for their work, usually they'll be working with real cameras, lights, studios and film.

    4. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: It's a fast-changing app all right...

      @Chris 19

      So you're saying its gone from being Decca to Myspace? (to pick up Some Beggar's music analogy)

  4. thesykes


    So, it lets you post 2/3rds of a photo? (Assuming my maths is correct in thinking 2/3 of a 6x4 photo would make it square).

    So, you can apply a crap filter effect to your butchered photo... to make it more interesting.

    Presumably installed by the same people who post their oh-so-hilarious photos of friends and family mangled by the aging and fat apps.

    1. DF118

      Re: Why?

      It's common practice to square crop photos to improve composition (viz rule of thirds/golden mean etc. Hell sometimes the shape of your subject just works better that way).

      However I'm not for a second suggesting that the majority of Instagram users even know or care about this.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    installed it, posted one pic, they sold out to f.. kbook, i found how crap app is anyway, uninstalled.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    chris 19

    er, that was the idea, ruin iplonkers days, yer own god declared war on android, so what do you expect.

    dont tell folk to behave like grown ups when they want to have some fueen.

    a billion dollars for a crap app, f.. kbook must be insane.

    apple folk can help pay it all

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: chris 19

      Um, what? Again, but in english please!

      I didn't see any bad reaction at all to the android news. Why would there be, outside of the idiot fanboy camps? It's just more people on the network.

      It was only when the Facebook news was out that things 'kicked off'. I dislike Facebook so it pissed me off, but I expected the reaction to be pretty muted - it wasn't. A lot of very good photographers closed their accounts that day, and the reaction on the main photography sites was *very* negative.

      I suspect the average man on the street couldn't give a flying f*** if it's linked to his Facebook account and his privacy gets utterly raped, which is why the numbers are still going up fast. But it lost a lot of the most interesting photographers.

      But yeah, "apple folk can pay it all" :D (I'll be laughing at that all day)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    what rot

    you could add 100 million Android users but unless you start adding them to your "follow" list you won't ever notice.

    I know three professional photographers who use Instagram and not one has departed because of the Facebook purchase while four iPhone using friends (and me) think the Android app is a good thing because more of their actual flesh & blood friends are now on the network.

    As for the quality of the content being uploaded dropping since the Android app came out or the service slowing, that is just a load of complete and utter cock.

    As an iPhone owner this sort of self-important, self-serving mealy mouthed bollocks from the iOS Instagram "community" - 30m people is not a f***ing community btw, it's just a lot of people with the same mobile phone - is frankly embarrassing.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    late ?

    time warped reg.

    i am stuck in a week long de ja vue loop.

    i swear i've been here before.

  9. qwarty

    a billion dollars

    Facebook spending a billion dollars for functionality that could be created for less than a million. Totally crazy. I've worked on camera apps so can say unlikely Instagram own any valuable patents in the area that app has plenty pror art.

    Not a bad app but talk about blowing bubbles.

    1. Some Beggar

      Re: a billion dollars

      But they weren't paying for the App. They were paying for the community/customer base. A billion dollars is still fruitloop sound-the-alarm-bells crazy whoop whoop bubble money ... but the App itself is largely irrelevant. They paid $200 million for a game where you scribble a penis and hope somebody works out a simple anagram.

  10. Patrick O'Reilly

    Better Photo Apps

    There are much better apps out there for photo manipulation, e.g. Magic Hour, Pixlr-o-matic and Retro Camera, but for a pure hipster photo community it's hard to beat Instagram.

    Personally I do most of the photo warping in other apps and just use Instagram as a place to put photos without fotospamming off my friends on Twitter or Facebook.

    1. The Indomitable Gall

      Talking of pixlr-o-matic...

      I installed pixlr-o-matic on my new cheapo Android handset. My biggest beef with it was that the added defects (sparkles, lines, fuzz etc) were all fixed overlays rather than procedurally-generated interference patterns -- or in plain speak, they're the same every time, limiting their usefulness if you take a lot of snaps. What I'm looking for is a simple program that doesn't give me the same result picture after picture. What is available out there?

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Am I the only one...

    ..that really does not see the point of this app?

    Really, I just don't get it? It's like having "sepia" or "monochrome" on a decent spec camera.

    Nope I reallly, really, don't see the point.

    Then again, I don't see the point fo telling everyone where I am every single minute of my life.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    i totally liked it before it was cool

    now its all lame i'm off to put on my grey beanie, fake glasses and go listen to some vegan crunk music. you've never heard of it because your just not with it like me.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    Pixlr-o-matic really needs rereviewing

    As it's updated downloadable plugin filters and infinite sharing options thru Android intents makes it substantially better than Instagram.

  14. Andy Christ

    Shooting Blind

    Huh, I wonder how well Instagram can work on Android if the user can't preview effects before uploading. Because even on iOS I find I must go back and forth between filters a lot before [perhaps] finding the one that works best for a shot. Then again, I suspect many achieve their desired effects through alternative means, and use Instagram mostly for the easy sharing.

    One feature I have not read about so far amidst the recent hoopla is Instagram's heuristic search -- it can suggest others' feeds you might like to follow. I've found these recommendations so spot-on it's scary. Does Instagram own that IP?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Shooting Blind

      You can. I think you misunderstand the features purpose.

  15. The New Turtle

    And they haven't enable tilt-shift in the Android version? Thank goodness for that! If ever there was an over-used effect, it's that one.

    If you have to use a 'photo-community' app then at least select one with a site that permits uploading of decent images by real photographers using conventional cameras instead of low quality images artified/rescued with lousy effects. I quite like Lightbox, although I bet they don't have 30 million+ users yet.

  16. Marty

    installed it anyway...

    I installed it to see what the fuss was all about...

    used the QR code to get me to the app on google play, for some reason it was not showing up in the search. and it told me it was not compatible with my phone. A HTC Desire.

    I went to the google play website, found it there, and lo and behold, it installed fine. I only assume that the google play app on my phone is not playing nice on my CyanogenMod "upgrade" os on my phone...

  17. armyknife

    Titles are for toffs.


  18. johnnytruant


    Vignette is orders of magnitude better for manipulating (and taking) photos and weighs in at a hefty 175Kb.

    I don't have my phone to hand to check, but I'm fairly sure it'll let you post to Twitter/FB/Flickr/etc, seeing as all my apps seem to do that by default.

  19. Irongut

    The iPhone can keep it's most popular app. I'll stick with Pixlr-o-matic if I want to fiddle with photos.

  20. measmyself

    Am I missing something?

    I just dont get the whole photo effects thing, Ive had software over the years on PC's that offer photo effects, but I only ever used them as a play about with 1 or 2 images, and would always keep the original, as it was better.

    Honestly, I would rather see the full colour image not a sepia or other effect image.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      you can post your pictures au naturel if you prefer

  21. Alan_Peery

    The Facebook virus

    The Facebook acquistion and the likely impact(s) on the future of the service are completely underplayed.

    Zuckerberg is promising only a small amount of interference, and if you believe that will hold for more than a few months you're much more trusting than I am.

  22. Tom 38

    The most interesting thing about Instagram

    The most interesting thing about Instagram is that it is powered by ponies.

  23. Levente Szileszky

    A picture worth a BILLION DOLLARS...

    ...even without ever generating revenue, as it seems.

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