Instagram Android App Coming Soon, Confirmed by CEO

If you own an Android device, and are jealous of your iPhone buddies and their Instagram photos, then today is your lucky day. Instagram, an incredibly popular photo app on iOS, is officially coming to Android, as confirmed by the company’s CEO, Kevin Systrom. Now before you ask, there’s not a release date, or even a timeframe for when this might happen. Why? The quote below from Systrom explains it.

It’s hugely important to us, but we’re only six people. Android is a major priority for us, but first we have to build the team, and find the best people in the world to work on these projects. The company is currently hiring engineers and designers to help it move more quickly on all three of these aims.

So, they have to hire  a team to develop the Android app, which could take weeks, most likely months.  The CEO didn’t say when the app is expected to be completed, but he made reference to a web client as well, so users can check their Instagram photos as well as see what their friends are doing with their photos.

With that being said, who’s pumped about Instagram coming to Android? Who doesn’t like Instagram? Be sure to leave a comment below, and give us your two cents!

Source Techland

  • Arnoldt2007

    Been using mytubo. It’s very similar

  • Kevin said over a month ago they were working on the Android app. Not sure what’s taking them so long. Might end up being too little too late, or just in time to catch people jumping ship from iOS.

  • Erica Wood

    I use Retro Camera, I’m good.

  • virna medina

    snapbucket and lightbox also good alternative apps to the instagram

  • yeahhh

    I use mytubo and streamzoo which is better than instagram

  • Awesome. However, other alternatives I’ve found are Lightbox and Little photo (the latter with many more filters than Instagram).

  • verycool post! thanksa lot for sharing!

  • frattonlad

    Retro Camera does for me. How much do I need instagram? Not very is the short answer.

  • Some third party websites already offer a web interface for viewing/sharing Instagram photos. No account needed for viewing. For example, check out the amazing work from Lydia: 

  • DJS

    Do a seach, they’ve been saying this for a year. I doubt they’ve even started. These guys strike me as consummate Apple fanboys.

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  • Bbejber

    i want instagram NOW NOW NOW! hehje

  • ulooki is similar to instagram and is available now for immediate download!

  • You can view the instagram photos of your friends for example by going to and typing in their URL so in the meantime whilst you re waiting you can still keep up to date!!!

  • Queen Gibson23

    The only thing I miss about my iPhone is instagram…if android gets instagram I will be really happy! Please make it happen!!

    • Ravi J

      Check out InstaPics in android market which has been developed using Instagram API and offers all basic features of Instagram on a android phone. Need Instagram acc to use this app

      • Uce4me

        Thanks but like all API-based Instaram apps so far, this is just a viewer. It doesn’t allow you to post your photos.

      • Arlyrirao

        I believe that app is YOUR app, correct Ravi? Yea well you’re being biased, it sucks, and tell us when it has more than 2 stars. Thanks.

  • Beva_69

    Retro camera by urbian is really great.. Instawhat?

    • kove

      shitty app

  • Brittany Wells

    Please – I want Instagram!

  • Tiki Nelson

    How hard can it be?  Outsource it to India and the app will be online within 24 hours!

  • has this android app been released or not? i want to download it for my android phone.

  • Kirstenhalewood

    Thats good to hear! Currently donloaded Picplz on my Samsung GT – 15700 (Samsung Galaxy Portal) and it onlu uploads the photos to a Picplz site, and the photos aren’t even that brilliant! iPhone users get it all! Plus I’d like to see a screenshot app that doesn’t require phones to be rooted 🙂
    To conlude; bring it on!

    • You can share you uploads to many different places on Picplz? Just connect your twitter, facebook, tumblr, dropbox, flickr etc accounts 🙂

    • You can share you uploads to many different places on Picplz? Just connect your twitter, facebook, tumblr, dropbox, flickr etc accounts 🙂

  • About time!! Though Picplz isn’t a bad alternative. Just the photo filters could be improved….

  • Dave

    I felt like a loser today as all my mates with an iPhone was sharing images on instagram and I couldn’t.. FML.

  • Waitin’!

  • stella742

    i own instagram on my ipod and it doesnt really count, i want one like NOW

  • DjDanny32

    There’s 101 instagram-style apps for Android. Lightbox and ulooki to name but 2. I really don’t see what the big deal is with instagram. It doesn’t sound like they’re gonna be doing the app any time soon, anyway, so just go find an alternative!
    Also, Android is a LOT easier to develop for. I’m a developer myself, and I’ve tried programming iPhone apps and it’s just a headache from start to finish. It’s not intuitive at all. Oh, and you need a Mac to do it on! And there’s so many hoops to jump through before you can publish your apps, it’s a nightmare.
    Programming for Android is a doddle. It’s all done in Java, which anybody can learn, and you can just publish your own app on the Market easily.

    • Leaqt22

      Thanks for the 2 recommendations. Will be dl’ing those asap! I happen to agree, android apps and programming are just better. I need to learn how to do the programming, I have some app ideas of my own! Thanks again!

    • Robertwhite

      yeah, but iphone apps are consistently of higher quality. The android marketplace is saturated with terribly useless, and poorly made, apps.

  • Mary Robinson

    Vignette is the best Android app for photos – better than Lightbox, ulooki, PicPlz, Little Camera, etc. (every other app I’ve tried, basically) as far as I’m concerned because of how customizable you can make things (combining only specific elements from certain filters to make your own). That being said, I would be exciting for Instagram just because of how simple it is to share with friends.

  • alyssa czarina baltazar

    Pleaaaassee! I’ll download it the day it’ll be release. hahaha!

  • Can’t WAIT!!!! please hurry!!

    • Ravi J

      Check out InstaPics in android market which has been developed using Instagram API and offers all basic features of Instagram on a android phone. Need Instagram acc to use this app

  • Ling

    please make it !! Im crazy over Instagram !! :(( make it faster and soonner!!!!!

  • I would love to see it on Android. What is the current best picture app for Android? I need a new one to upload to Twitter because my TwitPic has failed to work for months on my DROID X.

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  • Stephiirvs

    Vignette or Vignette Demo if you dont want to pay is miles better than instagram. You can choose how you want your picture to develop or you can just chuck it on ‘random’ and let the app decide.. makes for really artistic photos in an instant..

  • what is it and why is it better than anything else?  seems kind of well over hyped due to it formally being an iphone app…

  • Emelie

    ”Instagram to Android”
    Made my day!

    • Ravi J

      Check out InstaPics in android market which has been developed using Instagram API and offers all basic features of Instagram on a android phone. Need Instagram acc to use this app

  • sophi

    i want it now!

  • I have a few decent photog apps on my Galaxy SII, but non have the savvy community of Instagram. They’ve been saying it’s coming for a while, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I usually grab my iPhone 4 before my SII to shoot, simply because I prefer Instagram.

  • Aanster

    Problem is, in my country no one uses StreamZoo and everyone’s using Instagram here. Please make it happen… for android.

  • Ravi J

    Check out InstaPics on android market which has been developed using Instagram API and offers all basic features of Instagram on a android phone, Need Instagram account to use this app

  • i think the main problem might be that there is a bunch of different makes and models of android phones each one has different screen and camera, it would need a huge team of developers to deal with all that

  • ChloeeOliviaa

    I have it on my ipod touch but my ipod is sorta broken and i really want it on my android phone, im so excited that androids are getting instagram. i and nearly have 1000 followers! I hope it comes.out soon!

  • Amitos80

    cant wait.. I switched to gs2 recently and the thing I miss most is instagtam

  • Hanlovesyouuu

    I love Instagram! I guess you could call me an ig addict! Im getting a new Android phone soon and id love to see an instagram ap for it!

  • Jb

    Picplz is much btr…

  • do you know the release date now? And if you don’t know, about how long will it be untill it comes out?

  • 6 people! Wow. You are guys are doing great. That must be a Man:Audience ration of at least 1:1,000,000  – right?

  • Bb

    Can yall make it already.

  • GBPerez

    I REALLY REALLY want it…i had an iPhone then i switched and the first thing i look for was instagram…i would be so happy…if not i might switch back>

  • Stylize_me

    one reason I didn’t change my iPhone to andriod is because of instagram. I really want instagram to be on andriod. please make it happen:))

  • Ferooooha

    cant wait for the instagram for android !!!! please comeee noww !!! ): i am jealous of my friend that have iphones !!!

  • Melvinbanagan

    android needs to have the screenshot already in the phone and instagram….and for emoticons to work……i would be a happy android user and not be jealous of my iphone friends anymore

  • Jim Cipriani

    Camera ZOOM FX is a good app. Nothing’s Instagram tho.

  • Asled

    instagram for iphone only !!!!

  • Magickmystik

    what so freaking hard to make one
    HIRE 60 PEOPLES instead of 6

  • Courtneeey

    I have instgram on my iPod and I use so often so it’s kind of frustrating not being able to use it when I’m out. Thank god it’s coming to android. Two words HURRY UP.

  • LadyStella

    Instagram is great, I miss that about my Iphone, I have since upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy and its great but really needs Instagram – Hurry up!

  • Geejd1

    Cant wait for android version….wife has I phone..i have droid

  • I want instagram asap but as of now i’m using one man with camera, picplz and littlephoto

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  • Athenae22

    Its weird that more people have android phones then iphones. But android don’t get those popular social sharing apps that iphone has. It sucks that androids get it Last they should make it for both phones at the same time.

  • Darlingplyb

    Thats not funny anymore. im sooooooooo mad a instagram coz is taking too long. they are soo lazy, they should hurry up. they dont care about people waiting. 🙁 i need instagram soo bad:( im 32 years old and i feel like a kid waiting for the new toy. buaaaa hurrryyyy up Instagram