So Instagram is finally available for Android whether you “LIKE IT” OR “NOT” . Let me tell you, Instagram is an awesome app which enables users to take a photo and apply filters, effects, borders and share with friends on social networks. Many aren’t happy with the fact that Instagram is getting so much attention while it’s nothing more than a simple filter application and there’s already plenty available. Yes! that’s true; there are lot of instagram-like Android alternatives for filtering photos and upload photos from Web app to Mobile App. Here are a handful of them that do as good a job, if not better, than Instagram.Pixlr-o-matic (Most popular one)
1. Pixlr-o-matic (Most popular one)
Pixlr calls itself “the most popular online photo editor in the world”, and with an Android and iOS app , and a plethora of filters, lighting effects, and borders it’s easy to see why.
Pixlr-o-matic provides a variety of spectacular effects, borders and filter options to make impressive finishes for your photos on your files or directly from a webcam. You can also share your photos on Facebook.
Instagram has 18 filters, a few focusing tools, and borders that give our photos a retro look. Whereas this one is a real leader because of the amount of image-beautifying options with Pixlr-o-matic which has 68 filters, 73 lighting effects, and 193 borders. After you are done editing, you can share your photos from gallery using whichever service you feel like.
2. Hipster (Ideal one)
The ideal photo-sharing social network on your Android or iPhone iOS. Similar to Instagram, Hipster offers a bunch of great pre-configured filter and border combinations that make customizing photos easy.
But unlike Instagram, you can also add text over the image, making your photos more like postcards, you can also email and share across social networks via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr or worldwide Hipster community.
3. Lightbox Photos (Cool one)
An Android app that lets you to take a picture, create one among a dozen photo filters, share your photos in the gallery with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare. You can also upload photos on the cloud and can also view photos on the web browser.
On Instagram, your account is either private or public. With LightBox, you get all cool photo filters and effects, plus the choice to make each individual photo private, viewable by friends only or visible to anyone.
Apart from these you can also link your twitter and facebook accounts to see photos from your friends, even if they don’t have LightBox accounts, making it a convenient social site photo gallery.
If you’re looking for the closest thing to an Instagram clone, Streamzoo is probably it. You can shoot, play with and share beautiful photos on the app that won Best Android Photo sharing App at the 2011 Best App Ever Awards.
Streamzoo has 14 filters and 15 borders, effects, easy sharing options and hashtags to help organize everything in its worldwide community of users. What I feel is interesting is that it takes the social element a big further by featuring a leaderboard. Basically when someone comments on you image, likes it, or follows you, this gives you points, which take you higher in the rankings.
In addition to sharing within the service, you can also simultaneously share via the popular social networks as well. But why stop at photos when Streamzoo lets you upload videos, too?
5. PicPlz (Easy one)
PicPlz is a straight-up, easy to use alternative to Instragram for those Android users who have been onto for a while now. The app has features that Instagram misses – allowing you to turn your shot into a meme, draw on it, crop or rotate.
Also, featuring a good set of filter, as well as its own community network, picplz is a full-featured photo-sharing service that might be just right for your taste.