Instagram coming to Windows Phone
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 02:10
Windows phone users, get your selfie poses ready.
Instagram, the popular photo sharing social network, is finally coming to Windows phone. Nokia officially confirmed the news last week via Twitter saying “Instagram is coming to Lumia in the coming weeks!!! #nokiaworld”
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom also confirmed that they’re working on pushing the app to Windows phone, according to The Verge.
“We’re looking forward to watching the Windows Phone community use Instagram to capture and share beautiful moments in the coming weeks,” Systrom said in the article.
One student at Sam Houston State University was surprised that the Lumia 1020 didn’t have Instagram already. Sophomore broadcast production major Cristina Garcia said that they should’ve done it sooner.
“It’s about time. Nokia has been around for ages,” Garcia said. “The timing couldn’t have been better because of the Lumia 1020. Having Instagram should definitely boost their production.”
Nokia’s latest phones have emphasized camera hardware, yet never implemented Instagram to go with it.
Garcia said Instagram should be integrated on all smartphones because of its popularity.
“Instagram is slowly becoming its own network,” Garcia said. “They’re already doing it with Facebook and Twitter, so [smartphone companies] can easily put Instagram in the mix.”
Instagram has more than 150 million active users and 16 billion photos, according to its website.
The Verge article commenter JoshHood said that Nokia’s move is good news, but it’s too little, too late. He also said that their marketing tactic won’t work for them in the long run.
“This is good for sure, but it still doesn’t solve the main app problem I had with WP in the two years I was using it,” JoshHood said. “It’s all well and good having Instagram, albeit late, but where’s Snapchat for example? If it ever arrives on WP, it’ll be two years down the line and a dodgy port, like Angry Birds. The smartphone app market moves so quickly that this tactic will always leave WP behind.”