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Instagram signup page goes live, the release date is near

March 26, 2012

Instagram coming to Android is bound to be the newest craze in the Android app world, with fans of the image sharing service finally having something to look forward to. After announcing the upcoming Android app at SXSW a couple of weeks ago, the Instagram team opened up a snazzy sign-up page, where you can leave your email to get notified about the new app, as soon as it’s available. With all the buzz, will Instagram on Android reach the level of popularity it enjoys on iOS? This is something that only time will tell.

What we know for sure is that Instagram has over 27 million registered users on iOS, so it is only natural for the Instagram team to let Android users join the fun. Right now, the signup page is getting loads of traffic, so all seems good for the development team.

The co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, announced during SXSW that the release date is very close. When asked why it took so long for the team to develop a good app for Android, Systrom replied that it would have not been productive for Instagram to focus on two platforms at the same time. According to Systrom, the developers wanted to create a good, high-quality product for one platform (that is, iOS), and then to repeat the process for Android.

The team also claims that, in some ways, the Android app will be better than the one for iOS, yet they failed to explain their claim. Is this just a marketing trick? Or perhaps we can expect some juicy, Android-only features that will make our friends with iOS  green with envy? Many Instagram fans are hoping for something besides the usual filters and share options, which they can already get from other apps on Google Play.

Are you ready to join the fun? And, if you are not that excited about Instagram on Android, will you still give it a chance?