Twitter seems set to directly take on Instagram. The New York Times is reporting that the social network with over 500 million active users will soon be targeting Facebook’s (FB) Instagram with photo filters of its own. The report states Twitter plans to update its mobile apps to allow users to bypass Instagram and get straight to editing photos before they share them with their followers. More →
From an app development standpoint, RIM (RIMM) needs all of the world’s most popular smartphone apps its can get for its next-gen BlackBerry 10 platform. Beyond native Facebook (FB) and Twitter apps, it needs apps that have massive communities such as Instagram that are already outpacing Twitter in terms of daily active users in the United States. But now VentureBeat is reporting that Facebook will not give the green light for an Instagram app to be built for BB10. If Facebook doesn’t even want to devote resources to helping BB10, why would any smaller developers want to?
UPDATE: CrackBerry claims VentureBeat’s sources are erroneous and says that according to its own internal sources Instagram is indeed coming to the BB10 platform.
Facebook’s (FB) newly acquired Instagram is growing like crazy. According the latest comScore research, Instagram pulled in 7.3 million active users per day on mobile compared to Twitter’s 6.9 million during the month of August. Not only that, but comScore found that Instagram users were actually engaging with photos longer than they were doing so with tweets. The research shows that the average Instagram user spent about 257 minutes browsing and using the service versus the 170 minutes spent on Twitter last month. More →
Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 is finally starting to look like a mobile operating system that can compete with iOS and Android. Nokia’s colorful and feature-packed Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphones only serve to cement that feeling with wireless charging and a PureView camera. But the platform really needs some killer apps to give it a boost, and it looks like one of the biggest is on the way: Instagram. According to The Verge’s anonymous sources, Facebook’s (FB) newly completed acquisition is headed to Windows Phone 8, retro-filters and all. It’s not exactly new news that Instagram is a social sharing juggernaut — it now has 100 million registered users who have collectively shared 5 billion photos. If there’s one app out of the 100,000 currently available on Windows Phone that could turn Microsoft’s woes around, it’s Instagram. More →
Facebook (FB) may be having trouble monetizing its one billion members, however its recent acquisition of Instagram is seen as a huge win for the company. The social networking giant purchased the popular photo-sharing app in April for about $1 billion and since then it has grown more than 1,100%, Business Insider reported. Instagram was a small company with no revenue and only 860,000 daily active users, but since the acquisition the company’s traffic has increased to nearly 11 million users per day. Facebook has roughly 543 million monthly active users on mobile devices and it recently began selling “Sponsored Stories” that are embedded into its mobile News Feed. The company could use a similar approach to monetize Instagram’s large user base. A chart showing Instagram’s growth follows below. More →
Facebook (FB) on Thursday officially completed its acquisition of Instagram. “As we said from the beginning, we are committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s VP of engineering, said. “Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.” The Instagram team confirmed that while it will be moving to Facebook’s Menlo Park offices, the popular photo application will “remain the same one you know and love.” More →
Instagram recently updated its Photo Page website and gave users the ability to interact with photos from their computers. The website, which now features a blue-and-white theme to match the app, allows users to log in and edit their profiles, follow new friends and like and comment on different photos. The Instagram website still does not have a main hub, and users can only view photos by clicking on external links. The only way to search for friends or photos is through the Instagram app on Android and iOS. More →
The popular photo sharing app Instagram, which allows users to capture photos or import them from a smartphone’s camera roll and then apply retro effects before sharing them with friends, is coming off its biggest month yet. After being acquired by Facebook for $1 billion dollars, the app amassed more than 5 million Android users a mere week after the service launched on Google’s operating system. Instagram continued to see tremendous gains, surpassing 10 million Android downloads and totaling 40 million users in late April. Mashable on Tuesday reported that Instagram now has more than 50 million users and, according to its API, is adding roughly 5 million per week. Instagram is free for both iOS and Android. More →
Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram has had a great impact on the photo-sharing app’s popularity. Despite public outcry with some users looking to delete their accounts, Instagram continues to add users by the millions. The media coverage has benefited the company greatly and on Tuesday evening, Instagram became the N0. 1 free app in Apple’s App Store for the first time ever. The company recently revealed that it had surpassed 30 million users on the iPhone, and combined with the success of the Android version and Facebook’s user base, it won’t be long until the photo-sharing app surpasses 50 million users and beyond. More →
Instagram is a hugely popular social network centered around sharing retro images with friends, and while it continues to add users by the millions, it will likely soon see a somewhat sizable defection in light of recent events. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that Facebook will acquire Instagram for $1 billion. The deal will make Instagram’s small team rich and give the app exposure to millions of new users, but it will also bring a fresh round of privacy concerns that have already begun to surface. For those who avoid Facebook and its suite of services, deleting an Instagram account couldn’t be easier: users can simply visit the company’s account removal page, log in, and select a reason for their account removal requests from the drop-down menu. As it turns out, “privacy concerns” is the very first option.
Adding yet another positive note to Instagram’s biggest week ever — Facebook on Monday announced that it will acquire Instagram for $1 billion — the company’s new Android application has been downloaded more than 5 million times after less than one week of availability. Instagram launched for Android-powered devices on April 3rd, and it took less than one day for the highly anticipated app to reach the one million download mark. As of Monday, April 9th, the application had been downloaded from the Google Play marketplace more than 5 million times, The Next Web reported. Instagram allows users to capture photos or import them from a smartphone’s camera roll, and then apply retro effects before sharing them with their contacts. Facebook expects its acquisition of Instagram to close later this year. More →
One of the most popular photography applications for the iPhone has quickly become one of the most popular Android apps. Instagram for Android surpassed 1 million downloads less than 24 hours after its release on the Google Play marketplace on Tuesday. The Android application opened its pre-registration last week, attracting more than 430,000 users. When the service launched it reportedly saw 2,000 sign-ups per minute, nearly crashing the company’s servers. The popular app allows users to capture photos and edit them using a number of filters that give images a unique retro look. Pictures can then be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and email. The company previously announced that it had more than 30 million users on iOS alone. More →
One of the most popular photography applications ever to hit Apple’s iOS platform is now available for Android. Instagram allows users to capture photos and edit them using a number of filters that give images a unique retro look. Pictures can then be shared with other Instagram users, and also shared on Twitter, Facebook or via email. Filters can be applied to images imported from a handset’s camera roll as well, and the app supports devices running Android 2.2 or later. Instagram announced during the annual South by Southwest conference that its Android app would be better than Instagram for the iPhone in a number of ways, and now Android users can find out exactly how the new build stacks up. Instagram is available immediately for free in the Google Play store. More →