The release of Instagram for Android was music to many people’s ears, as excited Android users downloaded more than 1 million copies of the popular photo-sharing app in less than 24 hours.
The free app was released Tuesday on Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, and has been a runaway hit with Android users. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told The New York Times that the app was seeing 2,000 signups each minute following its debut. More than 430,000 Android users, meanwhile, had already signed up to be one of “the first in line for Instagram on Android” during a pre-registration period that began on March 25.
But not everyone was excited about Instagram’s arrival on Android. Some iPhone users took to Twitter to express annoyance, some jokingly, that the app is now open to Android users, helping make “Instagram” and “Android” trending topics yesterday afternoon.
One user, @matthewtpain, wrote that he was, “bummed to see Instagram is coming soon to Android. I like the exclusivity of iPhone users only.”
“I’m annoyed that instagram is coming to the Android soon… it should just be an iPhone thing,” wrote Twitter user @Anthony_CA.
Meanwhile, one user, @iFollowBlindPpl wrote, “Don’t follow me on instagram if you got an Android. Only iPhone users following this way. Im blocking Android users. This is war.”
“I’m absolutely #outraged that Instagram is on Android now,” Twitter user @Chino_Wanker wrote, likely in jest. “Now it’s gonna be populated by people who are poor and can’t afford an iphone.”
Overall, however, most iPhone users don’t seem to be bothered.
“To be clear, 99.99% of iPhone users will have absolutely no opinion about Instagram arriving on Android,” @jamesburland wrote.
Instagram first debuted in October 2010 for the iPhone, and up until yesterday was only available for iOS devices. The app lets users add different custom filters to photos in order to change the colors, mood, border, and tonality of their snapshots.
The release of Instagram for Android came several weeks after Systrom tipped its arrival at last month’s SXSW conference in Austin. At the time, the app was not quite ready for primetime, but Systrom said that “in some ways, it’s better than our iOS app. It’s crazy.”
What do you think of Instagram being made available for Android? Did you download it? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for PCMag’s full review of the Android app. Until then, check out our review of the iPhone Instagram app.
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