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Instagram for Android grabs 1 million downloads on first day

Debuting on Google Play just yesterday, the photo sharing app has already snapped up a hefty number of users.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
Lance Whitney

Eager Android users awaiting the release of Instagram scooped up a million copies in less than 24 hours.

The free photo-sharing app made its official appearance on Google Play yesterday following a pre-registration period on March 24 that captured 430,000 interested users. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told The New York Times yesterday that the app was grabbing 2,000 people each minute following its debut.

Instagram has already proven a hit among iOS users, named by Apple as the iPhone App of the Year in 2011.

The app initially launched in October 2010 as a way to tweak and share photos with other people. Users can edit photos via a series of filters and then share them on Instagram as well as on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social media sites.

The 30 million registered users upload more than 5 million photos each day. More than a billion photos have been shared so far just among iOS users -- a number that's sure to climb dramatically now that Android has joined the party.

Those of you unfamiliar with the app can see what all the fuss is about courtesy of CNET's review.