Instagram, the hugely popular iPhone photography app that evokes 1970s style, has announced it’s finally developing an Androidapp.
The company believes its membership base of 50 million could double with its Android launch, CNET reports.
“We have two people working on Android now,” Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram said at LeWeb in Paris. “I’m excited to be able to see our numbers today nearly double.”
Though no additional details or timeline on the Android app’s arrival were revealed, Systrom says the company is still focusing primarily on increasing its membership.
The app’s biggest change to date was the September rollout of Instagram 2.0, which brought live filters, instant tilt-shift, high-resolution photos and a speedier experience.The company also announced at Le Wed that is has plans to introduce ads to the free app.
“Obviously, we didn’t start a business to not make money,” Systrom says. “Our focus now is on growing the network. You really need to build up the network, or no advertisers care.”
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Android posted a series of infographics on Thursday with impressive app stats to celebrate its 10 billionth downloadfrom the Android Market.
Android users from 190 countries download apps every day, according to one of the infographics. The U.S. is not the most app crazed country either — it ranked fourth behind South Korea (no. 1), Hong Kong (no. 2) and Taiwan (no. 3). Rounding out the top ten includes Singapore (no. 5), Sweden (no. 6), Israel (no. 7), Denmark (no. 8), the Netherlands (no. 9) and Norway (no. 10).
Meanwhile, the top categories for Android app downloads include games (25.6%), entertainment (12.2%), tools (11.7%), music (4.28%) and social (4.08%).
But the most interesting tidbits were associated with how Android owners use their apps. About 12 billion miles are navigated on Google Maps each year — which is equivalent to more than 37,000 trips to the moon — and 100 million words are translated every week in 200 different countries on Google Translate.
As for when most people download apps, searching through the Android Market the night before the work week starts is evidently a common activity. The most popular time to download an Android app is 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, while the least popular time to do so is just seven hours later at 4:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Other interesting Android app stats include the following:
- About 1.87 million hours were spent on the popular movie database app IMDb in the past four months.
- The equivalent of 5,054 years are spent playing with popular gaming app Talking Tom, during which Tom has been knocked down 10.6 billion times.
- Users of the car racing app Asphalt would owe $3.2 billion in speeding ticket fines if they took their driving habits to the streets.
- 10 billion cans have been knocked down playing Can Knockdown. That’s a whole lot of cans.