Photo-sharing site Instagram launches Android app

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The wildly popular photo-sharing site Instagram released its app for Android devices.

This comes about a year and a half after the app launched for iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, which has about 30 million users. On launch day, Instagram said it had 430,000 people on the Android waiting list.

The app runs on any camera phone with Android 2.2 or above with support for OpenGL ES 2. But it won't yet run on Android tablets.

The app includes the same filters as the iPhone app. But there are some missing features. There's no tilt shift/blur, sharing from the Feed or live preview in this first iteration. And users can share to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr -- but not Flickr yet.

Why the differences? Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom told Wired that it cut features that had low usage so the app could be released quickly. Instagram said future updates would address that.

The app has earned over 7,000 five-star ratings since it launched. Many of the comments talk about ease of use. The app is easy to navigate without explanation, if you have any experience with apps -- just download and go.

According to Instagram, there are more than a billion photos uploaded to the site, with 5 million photos being uploaded a day. And, if you can imagine it, the site registers 575 "likes" per second.

No word on whether the app will be coming for Windows Phone or BlackBerry.

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