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Instagram Co-Founder Confirms Android App Is ‘Nearly Here’

by Killian Bell | March 12, 2012March 12, 2012 5:00 am PST


Photo sharing service Instagram has become incredibly popular on iOS, with over 27 million people now signed up to the service. But that number is set to receive a huge boost when Instagram finally makes its way to Android.

In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said that Instagram is currently seeing “Facebook-level engagement,” and that an official Android application will be available very soon. And it’ll be well worth the lengthy wait, according to Systrom, who believes iOS users will be jealous of the Android app.

“In some ways, it’s better than our iOS app,” Systrom said. “It’s crazy.”

Systrom didn’t explain how the Android app is better, but he says that even the folks at Google have been impressed by how “the app leverages the platform.”

Systrom showed off the new app at the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. But he didn’t give much away, according to TechCrunch:

Systrom also had one more thing up his sleeve — he showed off the company’s upcoming Android app. He waved it around very briefly on-stage, but he didn’t give a full demo. (That’s for later, and the company tells us they aren’t totally ready for a walkthrough yet.)

While there’s still a bit of work to be done on the Android app, it shouldn’t be long before it arrives in the Android Market. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.

[via TechCrunch]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...