Jamaal Fisher | Staff Writer
The popular “photography” app entitled Instagram is finally available to the Android Market. As of Tuesday April 3rd, the app’s release, it has had a record-breaking effect gaining around 2,000 sign-ups each minute. Despite the intensity during its debut, more than 430,000 Android users had already signed up during a pre-registration that took place on March 25th. More people have flocked towards the Instagram app than the amount of middle-class residents that flock to big name theme parks once a new rollercoaster is created.
The concept behind Instagram is that it allows users to edit pictures by altering the tone which, in some cases, adds more feeling; to truly capture the moment minus the hassle of picture development. Angela Moscaritolo of PC Mag wrote: “The app lets users add different custom filters to photos in order to change the colors, mood, border, and tonality of their snapshots.”
Instagram’s introduction to the smartphone world came in October of 2010. Up until April 3rd, it was only available on the iOS format of the iPhone. Not surprisingly, the arrival of the app onto the Android system did not come without little controversy from the Apple users. Many took their voices to Twitter, with brief, clever statements regarding the future of their former “members only” club.
One Tweeter, Scot Ferguson (@ScotFerg87), stated, “Allowing Android users to use Instagram is like selling Jordan’s at Walmart.”
Another, Joel (joelby1328) cunningly tweeted that, “Instagram went from a gated community to section 8 all in 1 day.”
A user known simply as 2m’s (@MelleMontana) said that, “Instagram just went from a Country Club, to a club in the country all in one day!”
Despite the critical and often disrespectful take on Android users in comparison to those that run with Team iPhone, those that expressed their opinions about the “merger” of Instagram and Android only represent 0.01% of Apple users. Doug Gross, staff writer for CNN Tech stated that, “In fairness, even thousands of comments only represent a tiny portion of the folks who own iPhones, iPads or iPods with Web capabilities. But they highlight one of the Internet’s most enduring (and some would say annoying) geek fights.”
Geek fights, rightly termed for arguments about games or applications on different devices. The closest representation would be fans of gaming systems debating which is better. Despite the differences in opinions that are stated, it’s safe to say that many avid users of Instagram for Apple’s iPhone are disappointed with the merge. But in contrast to the public opinion, Instagram has broken many barriers.
More than one million sign ups took place within the first 24 hours alone. As per Cnet.com, Android phones cover roughly 50.1% of the smartphone market, whereas Apple’s iOS only covers 30.2%. These facts alone present a problem for Apple’s overprotective members of “Club Instagram” instilling fears that they will lose what was once theirs to the masses.
Known for many updates within their apps, one feat of the Android version of Instagram is that it does not share pictures as well as Apple’s iOS version. Hopefully within the next few months that will change. As far as having similar apps, the Android market (known as Google Play) has them. With one in particular titled Pixlr-o-mat, although it has similar qualities, its network nowhere near the size of Instagram’s.
With as much criticism that comes from the Apple iOS users, Instagram has also garnered much from professional photographers. Jesse Jacobs, photography intern for Rolling Stones magazine shared his insightful opinion regarding Instagram stating, “I think it’s fun and quirky for people who may be new to photography [allowing them] to get their feet wet. It’s also fun just because it’s all [about] capturing the moment.” He further says that, “You don’t have to be all ‘serious photographer’ with it. It’s just fun!”
Fun indeed, as this app truly allows its users to capture the moment, also allowing the “photographer” to share some, if not all, of their thousands of words that each picture shows.
If you have a smartphone, through Apple or Android, this app is very unique, and truly deserves- at the very least- a try. Once tried, you will see the vast community involved. Hopefully this idea is realized by the many Apple users that despise the introduction of Instagram to Android and allows them to come together to build a utopia of smartphone photographers having fun. But until then, if you have a twitter account, search “Instagram” and “Android” and enjoy the clever references by Apple iOS users as you watch a historical technological feud that is fueled by, as Doug Gross would say, “Geeks.”