The Mobile Phone has changed the way we view the world. It has banished the office desk and, for some people, even the camera. Instagram, which was until now an iPhone-Exclusive App, is a massively popular picture sharing network. Instagram came in the spotlight for its beautifully designed app interface, its exhaustive list of filters that could be applied to images, and for its phenomenal growth. It has over 15 Million users and most are active on it. After a lot of excitement and rumours, Instagram finally launched for Android devices last week.
According to Mashable, “ A distinctive feature confines photos into a square shape, in homage to both the Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid cameras. This contrasts with the 4:3 aspect ratio more typically used by mobile device cameras.”
Just like Twitter, Instagram soon began attracting celebrities and soon Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber became active Instagram users. Casual users began preferring it to sites like Flickr, which are more focussed toward more professional photography. Its popularity is translating into solid money. Recent reports say that Instagram is valued at $500 Million, and about to secure $50 Million in funding.
Instagram coming for Android caused waves around the internet, with the app being downloaded 1 million times in the first 24 hours itself. However, certain devices weren’t supported and within another day, Instagram pushed out an update fixing the major bugs to the app. The update also adds Tablet Support. The Android launch may have got Instagram tons and tons of new users, but not everyone is happy. There is a distinct section of iPhone users who feel that ‘the party is becoming too crowded’. While it may have lost its snob-value, Instagram seems poised to finally be accessible to a large percentage of the smartphone population out there.
The Instagram Android App can be downloaded from here.
However, there is another side to the coin. With people uploading more and more pictures of mundane subjects, are we going to fall prey to over-sharing? What do you think? Do let us know in the comments below.