Instagram for Android sparks online mud-slinging

April 5, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

With the launch of photo-sharing and customisation app Instagram on the Android market, not all smartphone users have taken too kindly to the latest addition to the Google Play store. The app was previously only available to Apple and iOS users, and many of those are now complaining about Android entering into the mix.


Not all smartphone users have taken too kindly to the latest addition to the Google Play store (image:

Since the release of Instagram for Android, the app has managed to rake in over a million downloads in the first 24 hours, while the iOS version currently sits at over 30-million downloads in just under two years.

“Instagram just turned into the projects now that all you Android users are here,” wrote disgruntled user Tobias Harris. Harris was referring to the snap-happy habits of new users who deem it necessary to photograph anything through Instagram, with no regard for subject or composition.

But Android users are also making their voices heard. “Just so we’re clear….my camera has more megapixels and it doesn’t always have to flash for my pictures to look nice either,” wrote @callmeMsJones on Twitter.

While some users are vocal about their dismay about Android, others took a more subtle approach. “Bummed to see Instagram is coming soon to Android. I like the exclusivity of iPhone users only,” wrote @matthewtpain.

There is however a small difference between the Android app and the Instagram version available on iOS device. The Apple version has a function called tilt-shift, which lets user focus on a specific area, while the rest of the image is out of focus. While the Android app omitted the function, it does have the option to enable the “Advanced Camera”, allowing for more detailed and crisp image.

Through the app, users are able to follow each other in a Facebook style interface, and share uploads with each other – but not everyone is happy with the influx of Android users, and the amount of followers they get. “Don’t follow me on instagram if you got an Android. Only iPhone users following this way. Im blocking Android users. This is war,” wrote @iFollowBlindPpl.

But not all users are concerned about the new additions to the Instagram following, as @jamesburland wrote “To be clear, 99.99% of iPhone users will have absolutely no opinion about Instagram arriving on Android.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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