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Instagram for Android hits 5 million downloads already

April 10, 2012|By Michelle Maltais
  • The free app lets people give classic looks to square photos using "filters" and then share them at Twitter, Facebook or other social networks.
The free app lets people give classic looks to square photos using "filters"… (Thomas Coex /AFP/Getty…)

And on the sixth day, there were more than 5 million downloads of Instagram for Android.

That's right, in just six days, the free photo-sharing app has registered 5 million to 10 million downloads on the Google Play site. The same milestone took about six months for the iPhone app to reach.

Of course, the Instagram community had been nascent in the early days of the iPhone app, whereas now it is established and robust.

So robust that Facebook had to snap it up for $1 billion.

Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote about the deal: “It’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.”

He has pledged to leave Instagram independent.

Insta-reaction in the Twittersphere was about as positive and welcoming to the news as it was to Android users joining in what had been iPhone's exclusive country club.

The Android app has already had one update to version 1.0.3. The update allows Android tablet users and Wi-Fi phones to join in the photo-filtering fun. You can now install the app on the SD card. Also listed among the changes is a fix for an audio mute bug during capture.

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