Instagram, a popular photo sharing app for iOS and Android, was missing on Windows Phone. With today’s announcement, even the last excessive gap is filled.
The voice of hashtag #2InstaWithLove finally heard as the official Instagram client app for Windows Phone is available on store starting today. The app debuted on iOS initially then landed on Android in early 2012, and now colonized the third major platform, Windows Phone. For Microsoft it has been quit late as Windows Phone had to prove its strength and brought almost all apps that count, except Instagram.
It’s a beta version (v0.1) and available for Windows Phone 8 devices only. Instagram say they want to bring the app “as quickly as possible,” and so it’s released with Instagram’s core features only and lacks video capture and uploading, photo tagging and view geotagging and in-app camera capture.
Other basic features includes the following:
- The full set of Instagram filters including XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and more
- Linear and radial tilt-shift blur effects for extra depth of field
- Unlimited uploads
- Ability to like and comment on other people’s photos and videos
- Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare
Surprisingly, the app can’t be used as a camera lens as well as the default camera app. However, Instagram explains, “We’re not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible.” Although, the app leverages Live Tile that shows live feed on the Start screen as well as aids support for fast-resume.
With the most-awaited app, Windows Phone store has crossed 190,000 apps milestone, and according to the officials, about 500 apps being added to the store daily.
In related news, Joe Belfiore who runs the Windows Phone team said via his Twitter account, “We’re all gonna look back on the end of 2014 as the ending of the app-gap for Windows Phone. The 3rd ecosystem is decidedly here!”