Instagram has finally landed on Windows Phone with the app release marking a watershed in the operating system’s continued growth.
Anyone that owns a Windows Phone can now download the popular photo-sharing app with users unlikely to mind that for the time being it doesn’t let users record and upload video footage.
“We wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phones as quickly as possible, so we focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram’s core features. We’re not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible,” Instagram stated on its company blog.
The app lets Windows Phone owners use the whole range of Instagram filters when uploading photos as well being able to add linear and radial tilt-shift blur effects to add extra depth of field to pictures.
It doesn’t, however, allow users to take photos inside the app and users instead have to shoot photos using the device’s camera and then upload them separately before adding filter effects.
When it comes to videos there is no timescale as to when they will be added and for the time being Windows Phone users can only comment and like other people’s videos.
For a while Windows Phone owners had been able to use Instance to upload images to Instagram using devices until an update to Instagram had blocked support for the third party application.
Both Instagram and Windows Phone will benefit from the new partnership, as the former will be able to add to its burgeoning user base that stands at over 150 million people. Windows Phone, on the other hand, can use it to attract new customers to buy its devices.
Since the turn of the year Windows Phone has been showing encouraging signs when it comes to growth and it now ranks as the third largest mobile operating system in the world. This being the case it is still a long way behind Apple iOS and Google Android, both of which account for around 92 per cent of the worldwide market.