Instagram used to be exclusive to the iOS platform until the popular photo sharing app decided to make its way to the Android devices. Now, The Verge claims that it will be heading to Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone operating system.
As we all know, the WP8-powered Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 were announced last week with with the promise “of new exclusive app titles for all of its Lumia devices”. One of the reasons why Instagram will reportedly be headed to Windows Phone 8 lies with a slight overlook in its marketing materials (one less controversial than this Nokia Lumia 920 promo video fiasco):
The Verge – “The company also posted a promotional video that includes an accidental look at Instagram for Windows Phone. In it, you see the app running as a live tile with comment and like information from Instagram.”
Nonetheless, The Verge later mentioned that this particular app seen during the video might have been Vimeo instead but that they have “confirmed separately that Instagram is coming to Windows Phone”, most likely before the end of 2012.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is finally starting to look like a mobile operating system that can compete with iOS and Android. Nokia’s colorful and feature-packed Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphones only serve to cement that feeling with wireless charging and a PureView camera. But the platform really needs some killer apps to give it a boost, and it looks like one of the biggest is on the way: Instagram. According to The Verge’s anonymous sources, Facebook’s (FB) newly completed acquisition is headed to Windows Phone 8, retro-filters and all. It’s not exactly new news that Instagram is a social sharing juggernaut — it now has 100 million registered users who have collectively shared 5 billion photos. If there’s one app out of the 100,000 currently available on Windows Phone that could turn Microsoft’s woes around, it’s Instagram.