Last week Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom finally announced that the app would be coming to Windows Phones, but details, including when exactly it would happen, were scarse.
Now Nokia has revealed a few details with a teaser tweet that it send out on Monday. There is was still no set date given, but it was revealed that the app will be available "in the coming weeks."
The picture in the tweet is the first glimpse of what the app might look like when it debuts. And it looks pretty similar to the iOS version that I typically use, except for some of the buttons being put at the top instead of the bottom.
"Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it," Systrom said when announcing the new app during Nokia’s Lumia tablet and smartphone event in Abu Dhabi.
Instagram may soon get some competition. Earlier this month, Twitter, revealed some pretty significant improvements to its official Windows Phone app, with new features designed specifically for that phone.
In the announcement, though, Twitter released an image showing how it was making search easier for Windows Phone users, by allowing them access their favorite topics by pinning key word searches to your homescreen. One of those images was clearly of a Vine app.
We tried to find out more at the time, but had no luck. But I still take it as a sign that Instagram and Vine will have yet another platform to duke it out on soon.
Instagram and Vine are big rivals for the video creation market, ever since Instagram debuted its own video feature in June.
The general consensus at the time seemed to have been that it would prove to be a Vine killer, but Vine instead was able to triple its userbase to 40 million people in just two months, thanks to its launch on Android.
Instagram, which has benefited greatly from its purchase of Facebook, beats out Vine. The company recently announced that it reached 150 million monthly user and a Pew study that came out on Monday revealed that 18% of cell phones have Instagram.
Still, I don't want to miss the forest for the tree here: what all of this really shows is that Windows Phones are well on their way to being the number three operating system, behind iOS and Android, taking the place of the quickly sinking BlackBerry.
While Microsoft's overall market share did not see much of an increase in the second quarter of this year, going from 3.1% to 3.7%, it saw a huge increase in shipments: going from 4.9 million to 8.7 million. That is an increase of 77.6%.
No wonder all of these apps are suddenly dying to get onto the platform.
(Image source: https://twitter.com)