Instagram, that now-infamous old-timey camera app will soon be coming to a Windows Phone near you. If you think this doesn’t sound news-worthy then guess again. Within the first day of going live on Google’s Android operating system Instagram saw over 2000 activations per minute following its debut. Within 24 hours more than 1 million Android users had downloaded the app to their now-compatible devices.
While there certainly aren’t as many Windows Phone handsets out there as Android, WP numbers are growing. One of the biggest hurdles currently faced by Microsoft with Windows Phone is its lack of popular cross-platform app support. There are many great apps that have been available on both Android and iOS for some time now that simply never made it to Windows Phone. The arrival of such a prolific player as Instagram should certainly do more than a little to help push along the validity of Windows Phone as a mobile OS.
Another point of interest is that Instagram is now owned by Facebook, following its $1 billion purchase. Facebook hasn’t exactly been doing amazingly of late, if stock market commentators are to be believed. Of course something as small as opening up Instagram to Windows Phone isn’t going to suddenly turn things around for the iconic social media service, but at this point nothing could really hurt.
Currently whether or not Instagram will be making its debut on WP in the near future has not been officially confirmed. But we feel like it’s a fairly plausible rumour. Judging by the app’s low hardware requirements we also have hopes to see it on the Windows Phone 7.8 update, as well as on Windows Phone 8, which should make current WP owners happy.
Who knows? We may have yet another source of people posting orange-tinted selfies and photos of food before you know it.