Instagram Introduces Android Version

There is something to celebrate for Android users, as the popular photo-filtering and sharing app, Instagram, is soon to arrive on Google’s mobile operating system.

Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram announced at SXSW on Sunday that much desired Android version of app is almost there. Instead of providing any demo of the app, he only teased the version on stage. Currently, the Android version is being tested in private beta and will soon be released to world.

Systrom further said, “In some ways, it’s better than our iOS app. It’s crazy.” In the Q&A session after his presentation, he stated that the app is fast and functions well on large screens. Users can share photos to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and several other networks.

In an answer to question, “What took the startup so long to bring what’s clearly an extremely popular app to Android?” he said, “I don’t think it took us so long. We just had priorities. Had we tried to be both on Android and iPhone at the same time, it would’ve been tough to innovate in the way that we have.”

At LeWb in December 2011, Systrom announced that Instagram’s Android version was in development process. Now, we are told that the app is in testing process, which means that the app is not far from release. However, the things are not yet clear whether how much time it will take to be ready for an official release.

Another announcement made by Systrom on Sunday was the iOS version of Instagram that was named Apple’s iOS app of the 2011 has hit 27 million downloads until now.

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