You can now sign up to beta test Instagram for Android


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Instagram fans who like to be on the cutting edge of app updates will be happy to know that you can now join a beta program for the image service’s Android app. Upon joining the beta, you’ll receive updates of newer versions of the app before regular users do, allowing you to preview new features and changes ahead of the rest of the pack.

Of course, the word “beta” means you’re just as likely to come across bad things as you are good (bad things being bugs, of course). You shouldn’t opt-in if you aren’t willing to put up with those bugs and help Instagram fix them up for the stable release.

Understanding all that, though, you’re probably wondering how to get in. It’s simple:

  1. Join this group
  2. Opt-in to the beta test here
  3. Download the Instagram app (if it’s already installed you’ll be receiving an upgrade shortly)
  4. ???
  5. Profit!!!

And that’s about it. Enjoy your early access ticket to all forthcoming upgrades, and be sure to use the app’s report a problem feature if you run into anything particularly nasty.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. iOS-users be like “Y Instagram, Y?????”

  2. But when will they fix the image quality?

    1. I signed up, and plan on reporting the image quality with every post I make.

    2. stop uploading crap and expecting Instagram to improve your photos. Instagram will render your photos perfectly if you upload quality work.

      1. Ah hah. You’re so clever.

        How about you do some research and then work on your snarky responses? Snark only works when you’re right.

      2. Dude. U R Stupid.

  3. Wait, they’re still iOS only? Screw that, I want no part of them. Platform agnostic is the new norm, unless they’re just isheep.

    1. No, I think you’re confused. They’ve had a native Android app for quite some time, but this allows people to test new updates of the app before rolling out to everyone else.

      1. I see, thanks for the clarification. I did think it odd that in the current mobile market, a major app didn’t include Android.

  4. What purpose is there for an instagram beta? Test new filters before everyone else?

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