Apr 4th, 2013

Can you believe there was a time when iPhone users viewed the opening of their exclusive Instagram access to Android users as something akin to the Mayan Apocalypse? Actually, Mayan Apocalypse is more appropriate a comparison than it first sounds, because just like the foretold doomsday didn’t spell the end of life as we know it, an influx of Android users didn’t degrade the quality of Instagram’s photo sharing network.

OK, so there will always be folks just using Instagram wrong. Not everyone is a photographer, and when the launch of the Android app saw more than a million downloads less than a day after its launch, there was bound to be all the more #foodstagrams and #selfies, but the social network is chugging along just fine. Now, nearly half of all Instagram users snap their hip photos with an Android device.

And today, Instagram for Android could reach a whole new level if it is unveiled as a core part of the Facebook Home experience (Facebook owns Instagram) at a press event in San Francisco. Rumors point to a new HTC-made “Facebook Phone” with a Facebook-centric experience, and it’s possible the photo-sharing app could be tied directly into the system’s default camera.

[via Instagram Blog]