Already established as one of the fastest growing iPhone applications, Instagram is setting new goals, including being available to Android users. With over 8 million downloads in less than one year, Instagram’s popularity is evident. With an open API setup, many sites have tried to piggy-back upon the vast Instagram network of users.
It is this aspect of Instagram, its network of users, that is really driving the fan base as of late. Searching through the popular pictures, as well as doing a hashtag search in the app, are features that connect people and cultures thru the beauty of shared photos. Instagram does not plan on being satisfied with their great success, but want to continue to build, improve, and expand.
We’ve been blown away by the response from around the world since we launched,” says CEO Kevin Systrom. “We never expected to see that, and it’s been really humbling. We started as just two guys in an incubator working on a project, and now we’re six people, and have been handed the opportunity to do something really big in the world. We have a responsibility to see this through, and it’s an amazing ride.
This desire to be big, to be spectacular and to provide a good product has led the Instagram team to set three main upcoming goals. Recently discussed in the Guardian.co.uk, Instagram’s goals will keep them quite busy maintaining this growth trend.
An Android Version
Instagram is insanely popular. But it’s popularity has mainly been shared by iPhone users. Android users are continually disappointed that they cannot share in this great app. The Android user base will someday soon be able to enjoy Instagram.
It’s hugely important to us, but we’re only six people,” says Systrom. “Android is a major priority for us, but first we have to build the team, and find the best people in the world to work on these projects.
A Web Interface
Many websites have stepped up to provide an online interface for viewing and commenting on pictures. We detailed and ranked the best of these sites back in early May. However, Instagram intends to deliver their own native solution in the near future.
We realise that people want a native Instagram experience on the web, and we need to do that sooner rather than later.”
Camera And Filter Updates
As the social photo network, the picture taking mechanism is part of its core features. However, the camera hasn’t gone through any updates since its inception. Systrom mentions that it is overdue for an overhaul of improvements.
Part of the beauty of Instagram is its simplicity, and its straightforward use of its filters. Instagram wants to maintain their massive effectiveness, while keeping things fresh and new.
We have a really big release coming out soon that really changes the way you look at filters.
It sounds like there are lots of great things on the horizon for Instagram and its team. You can follow @mattersofgrey on instagram to view our phtographic take on the world. Let us know what you think!