iOS apps have been headed to Android in droves this past year, but there’s one app that manages to maintain its comfortable spot as an exclusive on Apple devices. Despite how badly consumers want it to cross the line. That app is the ever-popular Instagram. And thankfully, it’s exclusivity period is almost at an end.

Proud winner of the Apple iPhone app of the year, Instagram needs practically no introduction. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock this past year, Instagram is a photo sharing app that lets users apply faux vintage filters to any pictures they take. It’s really as simple as that. But the app has absolutely blown up on iOS, and Android users want a piece.

Speaking at LeWeb 2011, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed that two out of his six man team of Instagram employees is working on bringing the Android version of Instagram to market. In an interview with the Guardian, Systrom revealed more.

It’s hugely important to us, but we’re only six people. Android is a major priority for us, but first we have to build the team, and find the best people in the world to work on these projects.Kevin SystromInstagram

There’s still no timeline for release, but Systrom is currently hiring engineers and developers in order to speed things along.

What do you think, are you dying to give Instagram for Android a shot, or has Systrom and company missed the boat?

« »