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Instagram is likely to be a huge hit when it finally arrives on Android, as it already had generated more than 27 million downloads on iOS devices alone. But with no set date for its release, it’s worth remembering that there are a number of good Android apps out there that offer photo-sharing opportunities. Here are just a few of our favorites. While many may lack the reach of Instagram, they are still worthy downloads while you wait.
Lightbox Photos (Free)
We wrote about Lightbox Photos last year, showcasing its impressive interface, and it’s still going strong to this day. It offers a lot of similar functionality to Instagram. It’s easy to snap a photo, apply some neat-looking filters to your image, then upload it to the Lightbox community. From there, you can create your own photo blog and interact with other users. Or, if you just want to share your images on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr, the app permits that, too.
Pixlr-o-matic is perhaps more about the editing process than the sharing process, but it’s still worth a look. Its interface is smooth and seamless, and it allows you to add a variety of different filters and borders to your images. Once you’re done, it’s easy to share your finished creation on Facebook or imm.io, the dedicated photo-sharing site created by the Pixlr-o-matic’s developers. But it’s the picture effects that are the star of the show here, and they easily match Instagram’s for quality and ease-of-use. Unleash your creative side and become an expert before Instagram hits Google Play!
If you want to get a bit more ‘old-school’ with your photo sharing, don’t neglect Dropbox. The popular cloud-storage service is actually a very useful way to share the photos snapped with your Android smartphone or tablet. A recent update now allows Dropbox to access your photos immediately after they’re shot and pushes them to the cloud instantly. That way, you can share them with friends who have access to your folders, or just email them to people who perhaps don’t use any particular photo-sharing service.
Call me a luddite, but Flickr is still my photo-sharing site of choice. It’s where I upload all my images (whether shot with my cellphone or ‘proper’ camera) and the group pools still remain a fantastic way to share your work with thousands of others. The official Flickr app from Yahoo! makes it easy to share and upload your images directly to the site, as well as allowing you to check your feed for your contacts’ images. There’s even a bunch of custom filters you can apply to any photos you shoot before you upload them to Flickr.
Facebook for Android (Free)
Facebook? Yep, it’s still the most popular way to share your photos (along with Twitter, of course). But Facebook offers more context and allows for better organization of photo galleries. While the website recently began to offer full-screen and higher-resolution image hosting, admittedly the Facebook mobile app still lags behind when it comes to advanced features, and often stability. Still, it’s an effective way to share moments instantly which your friends and colleagues will be able to view in their feeds within moments.