Nishtha KanalNov 21, 2013 08:57:39 IST
Instagram has finally made its much-awaited debut on the Windows Phone platform. However, the app has come sans video capture, a feature that had only been added to the service this year. The barebones version of the application is already available for download on Windows Phone devices.
In a blog post announcing the app’s availability, the Instagram team said that when it launched Instagram for Android, there were just 30 million users on its service, but is now serving 150 million users. “In that past year, however, Instagram isn’t all that’s grown,” reads the blog. “We’ve also seen the rise of a new mobile platform as tens of millions of people around the world have taken to Windows Phones. Our mission is to give everyone the ability to capture and share the moments around them, so our team has been working hard to bring Instagram to Windows Phone users everywhere.”
Finally here, minus video
Instagram had been one of the most requested applications for the Windows Phone platform ever since it gained rapid popularity as an iOS-only application. The demand for the app was so high that we would regularly see third-party applications cropping up, giving partial service to users of Windows Phone devices. Nokia even ran a campaign on Twitter called #2InstaWithLove, urging the app makers to consider making an official Instagram for Windows Phone app. The app was finally announced at Nokia’s world event at Abu Dhabi in October. Exactly a month later, the app is finally out.
Instagram for Windows Phone, unsurprisingly, contains all filters and features we’ve becomes used to on the iOS and Android versions of the app. There is, however, a stinging lack of video shooting and uploading. This missing feature may well make Windows Phone users feel slightly cheated with an app that’s missing major functionality.
Besides videos, you will not be able to tag your friends in your pictures or be able to view maps from geotagged photos. Another interesting bit is that Instagram users will need to shoot pictures separately on the Windows Phone platform since there is no in-app camera support. When you hit the camera button from within the app, you will be taken to the camera externally. Once you shoot your picture you’ll be taken back to Instagram to apply filters onto it. This is only a small matter, however, with the end result still being hipster-filtered pictures.
If you still feel Instagram for Windows Phone is not up to the Android and iOS mark, don't fret; the blog post says that the app is still work in progress. "We wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phones as quickly as possible, so we focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram’s core features. We’re not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible," it reads.
Instagram Beta for Windows Phone 8 is available on the Windows Phone Store right away. Your filter-starved Windows Phone can start clicking right away.
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