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Instagram, the insanely popular photo filtering & sharing app designated by Apple as the “iOS App of the year 2011” will soon also be available on Android smartphones, according to an announcement made at South by Southwest on Sunday by Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom.

According to Systrom: “In some ways, it’s better than our iOS app. It’s crazy”. I honestly believe (and hope) that there won’t be any big differences between the iOS and the Android versions of the app, but I guess we’ll have to wait for Instagram to be released on Android to know for sure. Although no release date was announced for Instagram on Android, according to Systrom, the App is currently in its private beta testing phase and will soon reach the Android Market Google Play.

Some believe that the people in charge at Instagram have deliberately delayed the Android launch to generate more hype around the app, and as far as I am concerned, that could very well be a possibility. The official reason, however, quotes a focus on initiative before multiple-platform availability: “I don’t think it took us so long. We just had priorities. Had we tried to be both on Android and iPhone at the same time, it would’ve been tough to innovate in the way that we have,” said Systrom. I’m not one to nitpick, but I consider innovation as strongly related to ideas (at least as far as mobile apps are concerned) rather than their implementations. Add the fact that the Android app development process is not that different from the iOS app development process and, from certain angles, it could seem like that is not the most honest statement ever made.

Launched on the Apple App Store on October 6, 2010, the idea behind Instagram is quite simple: take a photo, optionally apply one of the digital filters, and then share the photo on Facebook (and other social networking websites), all in just a few clicks. Instagram for iOS was downloaded 27 million times so far, but the most interesting thing about this app doesn’t reside in the download numbers, but instead on the passionate and ever-growing community of smartphone photographers.

What do you guys think? Are you excited about Instagram’s future launch on Android? Let us know in the comment section below! Just in case you can’t wait for Instagram to become available on Android, here’s a list of the top Photo Sharing Apps currently available for Google’s OS.