On April 12, Facebook acquired Instagram, the 2011 Apple Inc. App Of The Year. This came just days after Instagram lost its exclusivity in the Apple App Store, and released a version for Android devices in the Google Play Store. By cutting exclusivity with the world’s wealthiest company and releasing for Android, the folks over at Instagram indicated they don’t care about quality.
I mean, let’s face it, no mater how cool they look, Android devices are terrible. They’re slow, big, unresponsive, don’t run as smoothly as iPhones, and have terrible cameras, which is what Instagram needs to exist. Take it from an Android user – the camera quality is just plain bad on Android devices. I’ve been in so many situations where I’ve taken what I thought to be a great picture only to look on the screen to find a pixelated and fuzzy image. That totally ruins the app, what’s the point of having an app dedicated to photography when it shoots atrocious pictures?
All Instagram really wanted to do is make money. Maybe when they started out they cared about the product and the quality, but releasing into the Google Play Store showed us the people at Instagram only care about money. That’s where the Facebook acquisition comes in. With Facebook offering a billion dollars for the app, the people at Instagram could not resist. Being the Apple Inc. App of the year didn’t matter, being exclusive to iPhone didn’t matter, and the chance of losing users didn’t matter; it was all a matter of money.
So, Instagram guys while you’re on you island yacht, spending what’s left of your half billion each, consider how bad of a move releasing to Android was, and I hope you realize in the future that your money is pointless because your creation is being run on terrible devices.