While we knew the Android version of Instagram was coming sooner rather than later, with the release being teased just last month at South by Southwest Interactive, the exact release date wasn’t clear. Well, the day has finally arrived.
With more than 430,000 Android users on the waiting list, Instagram is now available in Google Play. The app carries with it the same features (except tilt-shift/blur) and a similar user interface to that of the iOS version. Users are able to browse friends’ photos, view the popular photos, and upload their own photos, as you would expect.
Android users will join a community of 30 million registered users, who contribute more than 5 million photos a day. More than 1 billion photos in all have been uploaded to Instagram, strictly from iOS devices. With the addition of Android devices, these numbers are sure to grow at a considerable pace.
Are you excited to see Instagram on Android? Or are you tired of Instagram-like photos taking over your social streams? Let us know your thoughts below!
T-Mobile is throwing some of its weight behind the mobile payment movement this morning, becoming the first carrier to offer Square credit card readers to a handful of retail outlets. Under the company’s new campaign, stores equipped with T-Mobile smartphones will be able to use Jack Dorsey’s readers to finalize transactions from the comfort of their palms. This should come in handy for cash-only businesses, in particular, as T-Mobile emphasized in its announcement today. It’s all part of the provider’s lineup of small business offerings, though not every retailer will be involved at launch. To see the full list of Squared-up outlets, check out the source link below.
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By Jamie Condliffe
Woz never fails to impress me. If the man has opinions, he doesn’t mind sharing them, whatever the consequences. I just didn’t expect him to openly admit to preferring many Android features over those of his iPhone.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Woz openly chatted about the pros and cons of Android. “My primary phone is the iPhone,” Woz said. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”
What things, Woz, what things? Turns out he’s particularly impressed by, of all things, the voice recognition, GPS navigation and, since the launch of the iPhone 4S, battery life.
Ultimately, while he admits that iOS is more immediately user-friendly, he went on to explain that with Android phones “if you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there’s more available in some ways.”
It doesn’t come as a huge shock that Woz likes Android. After all, he headed straight to Google HQ to pick up a pre-release Galaxy Nexus.
“I used to ask Siri, ‘What are the five biggest lakes in California?’ and it would come back with the answer. Now it just misses. It gives me real estate listings. I used to ask, ‘What are the prime numbers greater than 87?’ and it would answer. Now instead of getting prime numbers, I get listings for prime rib, or prime real estate.
“With the iPhone 4 I could press a button and call my wife. Now on the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the Internet.’”
Still, fan boys needn’t worry their pretty little heads. Because Woz is proud that the iPhone is simple for you to use! “For that kind of person who is scared of complexity, well, here’s a phone that is simple to use and does what you need it to do,” he said. Apple: happy to make tech for people that are scared of tech. [The Daily Beast; Image: OnInnovation]
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They had come from miles around, stood in sub-zero degree weather for hours, and patiently queued for the store to open its doors. Today was iPhone day in Beijing! But when the doors did open, the huddled masses were told there would be no iPhone 4S, not today. And then shit got real.
Apple customers at the flagship Beijing Apple store on Friday nearly rioted after standing in negative 20 degree temperatures overnight only to be informed that the store would not begin selling the iPhone 4S that day. Reportedly, no other explanation was given and the crowd expressed its displeasure by pelting the storefront with eggs. Fights and scuffles between citizens and police also broke out in the pre-dawn hours.
According to one witness, Huang Xiantong, “Around 5 a.m. the crowds in the plaza broke through and the line disappeared entirely. Everyone was fighting, several people were hurt,” said Huang. “The police just started hitting people. They were just brawling.” Order was restored approximately five hours later. [Yahoo News]