Instagram not granting posting rights to unofficial Windows Phone apps
There has been a recent upsurge in interest for an official Instagram client for Windows Phone recently. The desire for the popular photo-manipulation and sharing app has been driven, in part, by numerous developers working on unofficial apps for the service. We first reported one in development by Bil Simser called 'Metogram' (later renamed to 'Photogram') and since then, two other apps have hit the Marketplace, Metogram and Instacam. The problem, however, is two fold:
- Instagram does not allow 3rd party access to photo uploading APIs
- Instgram does not allow one to register via the website, only by the official iOS app
Simser has been in contact with the head honchos of Instagram in an effort to get special permission for photo uploading. At the time, Instagram cited a somewhat dubious reason for denying such an API, namely an effort to reduce spam and low-quality images. However, Simser was determined to see if an exception could be made in this case seeing as Windows Phone users do not have any options.
That request has now been denied by Instagram. In an email to his beta testers (we're amongst them), Simser notes that since Instagram is not allowing uploads:
More importantly, Simser notes that there is no way for new users to even join the network for voting or commenting on photos. These are deal-breakers for him as it would severely limit Instagram functionality in his client. Due to those reasons, Simser has decided to pull the plug on Photogram. However, he will continue to make apps that are currently missing on the Windows Phone platform:
So bad news for Windows Phone users but perhaps Instagram will surprise us with an official app sooner than later.
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I'm sure that Windows Phone is not the highest priority for them for obvious reason of low marketshare and I'm sure that they will change their minds once WP is more popular. Or perhaps Microsoft already paid them for WP port.
Certainly, I'm not hating and its their app and can do what they want. And there are a bunch of photo apps that can do alot of the things (as far as photo manipulation) that Instagram does. However, the social aspect of it would be perfect for WP as I don't know any of the photo apps that have such like Instagram