Insta-Yawn for Android

 This past week the popular iOS was release for Android.  I’ve mocked a little the idea behind Instagram, which is downgrading your photo with effects and squarish dimensions, but with it now on Android, it was probably time to take a second look with an open mind.  I installed the app and took my first Instagram picture:

http://instagr.am/p/I9qbJWLo6-/

I get the social aspect of now better than I did before, so I can see how iOS users like it, but the Android version just isn’t very good.  The biggest problem is that the developers ignored the design language of Android and just attempted to copy the interface to Android.    Maybe it works in iOS, but on Android it’s extremely clunky.

My biggest gripe is that they make sharing on the app more difficult than it needs to be.  Since it’s inception, Android has always been better at sharing than iOS with it’s “Intents”.  Almost anything can be shared via anything.  Instagram virtually ignores this huge feature of Android and hides it behind clunky interface decisions.

Overall, it was pretty disappointing and I’m sure it will be used by Android haters as “proof” you can’t write good looking apps for Android, which is a shame.  The release also highlighted (allegedly) a whole raft of classism by users of Instagram on iOS.  I’m not sure how pervasive that all was, but in the end it just reflected poorly on iOS users.  I hope the Instagram people go back to the drawing board and learn the proper design language.  It’s a no-go for me otherwise.

Insta-Yawn for Android

 This past week the popular iOS was release for Android.  I’ve mocked a little the idea behind Instagram, which is downgrading your photo with effects and squarish dimensions, but with it now on Android, it was probably time to take a second look with an open mind.  I installed the app and took my first Instagram picture:

http://instagr.am/p/I9qbJWLo6-/

I get the social aspect of now better than I did before, so I can see how iOS users like it, but the Android version just isn’t very good.  The biggest problem is that the developers ignored the design language of Android and just attempted to copy the interface to Android.    Maybe it works in iOS, but on Android it’s extremely clunky.

My biggest gripe is that they make sharing on the app more difficult than it needs to be.  Since it’s inception, Android has always been better at sharing than iOS with it’s “Intents”.  Almost anything can be shared via anything.  Instagram virtually ignores this huge feature of Android and hides it behind clunky interface decisions.

Overall, it was pretty disappointing and I’m sure it will be used by Android haters as “proof” you can’t write good looking apps for Android, which is a shame.  The release also highlighted (allegedly) a whole raft of classism by users of Instagram on iOS.  I’m not sure how pervasive that all was, but in the end it just reflected poorly on iOS users.  I hope the Instagram people go back to the drawing board and learn the proper design language.  It’s a no-go for me otherwise.