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Instagram arriving on Windows Phone in “coming weeks”

Instagram is edging closer to its arrival on Windows Phone after Nokia tweeted a picture showing the app on one of its handsets.

Nokia USA published an image of two Lumia 1080 smartphones with one showing the app in all its glory whilst at the same time not revealing any more detail on the exact date of its release.

“You did it! Thanks to you, Instagram is arriving on Nokia #Lumia in the coming weeks. RT if you're excited!” read the Tweet from the @NokiaUS account.

Nokia and Windows Phone owners will be frustrated that there’s no more detail than “coming weeks” in terms of the time-scale and the fact it’s arriving on Windows Phone at all shows the strides that Microsoft’s platform has been making.

Up until late July Windows Phone users had been able to use Instance to post photos to Instagram using Windows Phone devices until the app’s capabilities were removed by Instagram and all subsequent photo uploads were deleted upon arrival.

Nokia, one of Windows Phone’s lead developers, has bemoaned the lack of apps on the platform for some time with VP Bryan Biniak complaining that Microsoft was moving too slowly in developing apps for devices on the platform.

The process has been speeding up since Microsoft agreed to buy Nokia’s devices division and license its patents with the Tweet from Nokia suggesting strong integration with Nokia’s Lumia line of devices.

Windows Phone has been making big gains in the mobile OS market over the past year and passed BlackBerry back in May to become the third largest OS worldwide with a 3.2 per cent share of the market. It is, however, dwarfed by both Android and iOS, which own 92.3 per cent of the market between them with Android accounting for 75 per cent of shipments by itself.