It has been 17 months since Instagram was introduced on the iOS; finally the wait for the Android version is over. The popular app is now available from Google Play for Android smartphones versions 2.2 or later. However, it is not readily available on Android tablets.
Since the app was introduced, it has been a popular tool of many iPhone photographers, with
30 million registered users and 1 billion photo downloads with the iPhone app alone. The
company expressed in a press release that the Android version would emulate that of the iOS.
However, slight differences have surfaced. There are a few features that are unavailable: Tilt
Shift/Blur, Share from Feed and Live Preview.
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom says themissing features are due to trying to get the product out faster for Android users- omitting features that were least used by the iOS consumers. For example, live preview was only used by1 percent of all posters. But if you are an Android user who enjoys these features, don't worry.According to Instagram, feature updates will eventually workout the differences between the two
Since the app has reached the Android market, it has already received stellar reviews in Google Play- reaching 3,000 5-star rankings. Overall, this is an efficient tool for some photographers to share camera phone shots.
Source - Press Release, from Instagram
BJB- Added link to press release and did some minor editing and formatting.