Instagram for Android boasting 2,000 signups per minute, one million users in 24 hours

Daniel Bader

April 4, 2012 8:52am

Say what you will about the feature inequalities between Android and iOS, but Instagram is proving that Google’s platform has some serious numbers behind it. According to Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, the app is signing up 2,000 new users every minute, and has blasted through the million download mark in less than a day. There will inevitably be an uptick in iOS signups due to the increased publicity — the budding photo social network is expected to broach 50 million subscribers within a few weeks, up from 30 million today.

Even before the app was released, there was tremendous demand: nearly half a million people gave their email addresses to the company in hopes they would get notified early. But there has been some controversy, too. BuzzFeed has aggregated some iPhone users’ distaste at allowing Android to plug up its social network with “inferior product,” so to speak.

It’s hard to say which is sadder: the thousands of Android users complaining that their phones are not compatible with Instagram, or the thousands of iPhone users bemoaning the sullying of their homogenous canvas. Only hours after the app’s release, the company released a bug fix adding more compatible phones while increasing overall stability.

But why must it be Instagram? Android users have had plenty of alternatives for months, even years, before today. Both Picplz and Lightroom have arguably better interfaces and smoother filter performance than Instagram, and each boast sizeable (if anemic) communities. The existence of Instagram is easy fodder for iOS advocates claiming that Android (devs and users alike) piggyback on the innovation, success and loyalty of the iPhone, scooping up its sloppy seconds whenever it can. If Android has such an enormous user base, why can’t it attract the type of groundswell passion that made Instagram such a revelation in the first place? Because unlike iPhone, each Android user has a completely different experience, from the quality of the camera to the size of the screen to the software overlay. This makes it far more difficult for developers to support their successful projects. That Instagram for Android exists at all, and is garnering such high praise so quickly, is a huge feat.

Looking at reviews of the app on Google Play, it has earned a 4.4 rating from over 35,000 reviews, an astounding number considering it has been live for just about 24 hours. For Instagram and its users, the addition of Android will do one thing: bring more great, mediocre and abjectly terrible photography to a large community already awash in all three. A great camera doesn’t make a great photographer, but the addition of Instagram into the Android ecosystem brings the platform one step closer to greatness.

  • Ace

    YO. Install to SD PLZ!

    • IMS Employee

      Hi, will this be available for Bold 9900?

      Let me know.


  • Qorp

    weird when I try to install it it says it is not compatible with my device.

    Nexus S (9020A) running 4.0.4

    • Talnoy

      try downloading the actual .apk file from a mirror site and manually installing it?

  • Talnoy

    “…success and loyalty of the iPhone, scooping up its sloppy seconds whenever it can”

    I disagree. Mainly because Android is getting a larger and larger market-share than iOS, and will probably one day outshine it. The developers of the app would be silly to not release it on as many platforms as possible, more platforms means more money.

    On the “we’ve had alternatives” point: Remember Google+? The apparent “alternative” to facebook? It didn’t take off to the same level because it wasn’t the original. Now that us Androiders have instagram, the competition is moot.

  • Chris

    “BuzzFeed has
    aggregated some iPhone users’ distaste at
    allowing Android to plug up its social
    network with “inferior product,” so to

    Whiny smug douchebags

  • Otter

    Why don’t they bug Apple to make some private servers with that 100 billion dollar surplus they have kicking around?

    Just a thought.

  • Vincent S

    Move to SD is a necessity, the app is a beast, and I’m not entirely sure why. I wish Pixlr.a.tor had a social network because it has soo many more features, and more customization.

    • Vincent S

      erm Pixlr-o-matic, would help if i could spell the correct name of the app

  • AsH

    installed it and didn’t really have too many features or options so i uninstalled it… I am still sticking to Pixlr-o-matic for now…

    • Luke

      I did the same thing. It was hyped but disappointed. Pixlr-o-matic works almost the same way, but with way more filters. There’s no real community aspect to Pixlr-o-matic, which is a draw to instagram. With Tumblr and Facebook, I don’t know why I need the Instagram community. I do enough cross-posting.

      BTW I wish I could layer multiple effects on Pixlr-o-matic…but then again, Photoshop Touch is only $10.

  • Slype

    Now I can be a hipster douchebag too! Where’s the waiting line for this? I want to show how cool I am.

  • Batmayne

    I can’t login anymore.

  • Mark

    I downloaded it and tried it out for a few minutes, not really worth registering for.

    It seems to be really basic and missing features I’ve seen in the other mentioned apps.

    Too bad, I was looking forward to something like that…of the ones I’ve tried, none really *quite* have what I’m looking for.

  • John

    Downloaded, tested, uninstalled. No issues with the app unlike many users but I found it to be pretty underwhelming.

  • Theywillbepissed

    Personally i think the app is the stupidest thing ive ever heard of. Hooray! Now i can make my photos look like s*** with a couple of cheap filters. Woohoo!

  • JustMeAndMe

    Blah. Just a hype created around useless app.