Instagram for Android is finally here - which is welcome news for Android smartphone owners who waited patiently as Instagram’s iOS user base rose into the millions.
Will they be satisfied when they install Instagram for Android? We did a walkthrough of the new app in order to find out.
“The Android app offers an extremely familiar Instagram experience when compared to the iOS app,” Instagram said in its announcement Tuesday. “You’ll find all the same exact filters and community as our iOS version.”
It’s true that Instagram for Android has most of the same features as the iPhone version. The user interface on the Android version has the same layout. The five tabs on the bottom of the home screen are dedicated to five key functions in the app. Another feature that has not changed is sharing photos out to the same four platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Tumblr.
There are, however, some notable differences.
Instagram for Android uses a new camera icon in the camera view. The app also lacks some of the iPhone version’s image editing features - most importantly tilt shift, which allows you to focus on one area of the photo while distorting the rest of the image.
The Android version does have one feature its iPhone counterpart lacks: “Advanced Camera.” When you turn this on, it will automatically resize your photo, so you don’t have to recrop the image in Instagram’s interface.
In the iPhone version, you can only resize or crop if you select a photo from your photo library.
Instagram for Android was tested on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0. Currently, the Android version of Instagram is compatible with Android 2.2 or higher.
You can download the Instagram for Android app for free over at Google Play...
Have you started using Instagram for Android? What are your first impressions? Let us know in the comments below.
Author: / Posted: 04-04-2012