Android users scooped up 1 million copies of Instagram app in less than 24 hours

Instagram's recent release of the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app - two years after the launch of its iOS version - has virtually been lapped up by enthusiastic Android users; with as many as one million copies of the app having been scooped up in less than 24 hours.

That the Instagram for Android app was a much awaited one can be gauged from the fact that the app's pre-registration period - which began on March 24 - captured the interest of as many as 430,000 Android users.

After the official release of Instagram's Android app on Wednesday, a New York Times report - citing the information shared by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom - revealed that the app was already witnessing nearly 2,000 sign-ups every minute ever since its launch on Google Play.

The revelation gives an indication that the Android version of Instagram's free photo-sharing app will seemingly be as popular as its iOS counterpart, which was named the `iPhone App of the Year' last year.

The app - currently being used by nearly 30 million registered users who upload over 5 million photos a day - was first released in October 2010, giving the users the advantage of tweaking photos and sharing them on a number of platforms which, other than Instagram itself, include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and a few other social media sites.

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