Instagram sharing app Instagraph gets priced, available later today for Windows Phone 8
The wait is over. Instagraph, the unofficial Instagram posting client for Windows Phone 8, will be available to be downloaded in the Store within the next 12-24 hours as it has now been published.
The app does have a nominal price of $2.49 with no free trial to help support the server investment by the developers. Currently, only Windows Phone 8 is supported but Venetasoft do plan on bringing Windows Phone 7.x backing in the future (see the FAQ printed below). In addition, at least initially users will only be able to upload 3 photos a day to Instagram via the service in order to ensure that capacity is not overrun, resulting in extraordinary upload times. That number will be increased as more servers are brought online in the coming weeks.
While the status of an official Instagram app for Windows Phone remains elusive, Windows Phone 8 fans will now be able to post to their pre-existing Instagram accounts using the Instagraph client. Later, the developers plan to support Instagram account-creation through the app directly.
The service works by indirectly posting your photos to Instagram via Azure servers, bypassing Instagram’s locked-down API access. Surprisingly, the method they use does not violate Instagram’s terms-of-service, meaning we do not expect this to be “shut down” any time soon (neither do the developers who have a lot riding on this financially, in addition to their reputation).
The app itself, as we detailed in our mini-review, does not allow one to browse or even directly edit their Instagram pics (there are numerous third party apps that already do this on Windows Phone). Instead, it serves merely as a conduit to post to Instagram natively from a Windows Phone 8 device.
The app is powered by Aviary photo editor, which is not the same filter as Instagram but in many ways better (more filters, more editing options) and let’s be honest, it’s not too hard to mimic Instagram’s look.
A full FAQ has also been posted about Instagraph, which should go far in answering some user concerns of the app and service. Keep in mind, this is version 1.0, meaning this is only the beginning.
Regarding versions for Windows Phone 7.x users and more, we can share the following:
- WP7 version is near to being sent to certification
- WinRT version has exited beta release
- WP8 and WP7 new versions with the Registration feature (WinRT will have it at initial release)
- All their (other) Apps are free for a week
We'll update this story when the link is live for the app, though it should not be too much longer now (due to concerns of being overwhelmed, the developers are being extra cautious about hyping the release too much).
Why it is not official Instagram?
- Well, we cannot do anything about it
- We asked them to release a WP version, as we are WP users and enthusiasts too, then we asked for the complete API set, but without success, so we felt abandoned and started working on Instagraph.
Why is it not possible to create a new Instagram via Instagraph ?
- Instagram accounts can only be created directly from iOS and Android devices currently, due to Instagram access restrictions.
- The next Instagraph update adds this feature for WP devices.
Why is it not possible to see post or comment ?
- Instagraph in its first releases will only cover important features missing from other Instagram Apps. You can use other beautiful Apps such as WPGram and Metrogram for this, or even the web browser. Once installed, Instagraph is integrated into the "share" and "edit" menus, so it is super easy to share pictures from other sources or Apps too.
Will a WP7 version be available?
- Yes, and a WinRT version is en-route too
Does Instagraph use Instagram API?
- We don't spoof, sniff, alter or "hack" Instagram calls to their web services in any way.
- Nor have we emulated, reverse engineered, disassembled or altered any Instagram App on iOS or on Android.
- Instagraph is completely compliant with Instagram terms and policies, as we did it legally.
Why do we need to enter username and password on settings page, and not on classic oath web page?
- Instagraph does not use Instagram API,so direct Oath authentication is not needed.
Is privacy preserved?
- Your data is HTTPS encrypted, all network communications between apps and services are SSL secured.
- We delete an image immediately after being successfully submitted to Instagram.
Have you been helped/supported/funded by Microsoft or Nokia to build this App?
- No, Microsoft only certified it to prove Instagraph is legal, secure, and it does not violate your privacy.
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Venetasoft loses no damn reputation because no one outside of WP enthusiasts will remember that name. Microsoft loses reputation for looking like idiots with this app being pushed on the forefront. Shame on WPCentral for acting as advertising for this overpromising, underdelivering app.
I’m not complaining about the price of the APP, I value the work of the DEVs. I bought a lot of APPs. LOTS
I use Windows Phone since the beginning, I fight for the platform
BUT I want the REAL Instagram. We want :)
Daniel you are right. This is a Windows Phone community and we have the obligation of not allowing the WP to be always the last one receiving the APPs and having to pay for an APP that does what Istagram does.
Why do we always end up not getting the best? We have the best OS so we want the APPs like Istagram to be available NOW and Free like in the other platforms. :D YES WE CAN
btw i have a WP7.8 soo :( ill buy it when its out :P
Similarly, if I bought Instagraph, then an official app came out, again I'd have both. And I might find that one has features or UI that I prefer over the other. And we may find that the Instagraph developers have more frequent updates and a more enjoyable experience overall, should an official app ever come out for it to be compared to...
Those kind of jokes are just old, so I decided to act like a prick.
And given that they spend money to maintain servers for the app to work, I don't see how they could do otherwise. if it becomes popular, I guess they might lower it...
Now, given the "politics" behind those things (Instagram not available for WP), this "loophole" might be closed once the app attract their attention, no? :-)
It should though have a try base. But then no one would buy it. I don't use instragram but its only $2.49. Geez. Can't win from losing. They know they gonna get slammed with upload that could crash their servers. Iono I'm more understanding. I'll buy it just so I can support the funding to expand and don't even use instagram. Smh
At least it supports the theory of virtual Android phones running on Azure. This must however be super inefficient and cost a silly amount of CPU time and memory.
They themselves might be harmless but not sure whether they store your passwords in their server or it gets stored in your phone.
Personally, I don't use Instagram so don't care for the moment. Will try Instagram when there is an official app.
This is getting really tedious. I have friends (unmarried software engineers with disposable income) who have some kind of moral objection to paying for any apps on their phones, so they have Androids where they can sideload all the pirated apps they like. These things aren't expensive.
Is this a true statement? Does Microsoft really make such assurances as part of their app cerification? Seems hard to believe. Isn't there server infrastructure here that's outside of Microsoft's reach but is key to the overall system being legal, secure, and not violating your privacy?
Android Launchers costs more than that ! Yeah , 3 pictures a day kinda sucks , but that's only temporary !
Or one for lunch, one for the Starbucks coffee & one as a backup lol
I still have it in my Xoom , a few weeks ago I was board so I uploaded a few pictures & that's it
I'll still be supporting the Devs tho.
Ok im kidding, but hesitant to invest in this app assuming that there will be connectivity issues in the future. Although it states you guys dont expect it to happen.
I've bought plenty of apps that i use all the time so i supported developers, but if instagram ever comes out out, this app is gone. Also, the app is new and there are going to be issues so might as well wait to make sure the experience is solid.
On top of that we know that MS and probably Nokia has been trying to negotiate with Instagram-devs for a looong time but without success, they just keep giving them the finger.
Now we get some really clever devs that figure out a way to do this despite Instagrams discouraging behaviour and people complain about about 2 freakin dollars?
Man, if you care about this platform buy the app even if you wont use it. Support these devs that seems to be really driven and give Instagram, Apple and Google (or who ever it is that is insisting on putting sticks in the WP-wheel) the middle finger they deserve.
Shared to instragram via instagraph on your facebook feeds.
Seriously, if you want it, dig through your couch cushions and buy it. Most of us will waste $2.50 today without thinking about it.
But am I the only one who loves PhotoPlay? I think it's excellent! The UI is slick and has cool photo editing effects. Sure it's not super popular yet, but with the right marketing, it could gain quite a following.
Also, things I learned from this app, lots of russians use Windows Phone.
I would use it if it had better filters and a nicer looking vignette effect. it's a bit clumsy compared to what instagram offers.
You're saying the developers hard work is worth nothing.. now this is truly non-sense.
Perhaps you would prefer they hadn't bothered and continue to use your non-existent free app?
Paying $2.49 for an app that limits 3 photos. ...Totally understandable, but not amused. I rather just use Photoplay in the meantime
not yet? =)
But I am gonna be honest, I will probably give this a whirl. And I am fine with the three photos a day. I went weeks sometimes not posting anything to Instagram. So its not that big of a deal.
This functionality alone would be enough for me.
I don't even like Instragram to be honest, I've never been into destroying a perfectly good photograph with a filter.
But I've developed 2 small App's for WP myself and because of the understand of the hard work thats required I'll support the cause.
Also anything to take the hype off Instragram at this stage, they've had there chance to deliver an Official App.
So all props and credit to Instragraph
95% of my pictures have no filter, I am perfectly happy with the way the pictures look from my camera =)
The limit is maybe tomorrow removed! Depends on user number and Insta servers!!
Don't misunderstand everything! It's version 1.0! This is the first step!
The Windows Phone 7.x is coming soon! so u have so wait..
lets support the devs!
Instagraph or nothing...what is better? I think Instagraph!
*Sorry for my bad english*
I think the official client is coming sooner rater than later, but Instagraph can help us use Instagram to see if it's worthy or not of our photo uploads.
The azure 90 days no obligation and for free comes with limits and is made so devs can make apps and test not for production. And the costs then depend on the workload. And if they would make a trial people would for sure come look use their server resources with uploads and not pay as it is too much. It's better they did not make a trial.
This guys must be out of their mind, no thanks. Ill wait for the official app... Meanwhile Photoplay is excellent.
I'm not giving my password to them.
Not me, I want official Instagram, free, like everyone else.
Plus, Nokia is constantly spamming #2instawithlove, you really think they would be using Instagram's registered trademark back and forth if they werent already knowing that the app is under development? Open your eyes ppl
This should be clarified!
EDIT: Took about 4-5 minutes to go from the queue to posted. We'll see how this goes because I was probably one of the first to download the app. I imagine hundres of people will be downloading shortly and then we'll really know how those servers work.
US store link: lnkd.in/q7EXXV
And for Australian users (like me) here is the link to our store: bit.ly/XBKpbJ
"at least initially users will only be able to upload 3 photos a day to Instagram via the service in order to ensure that capacity is not overrun, resulting in extraordinary upload times." the upload limit i think is responsibility on the devs part in order to make sure that their app can handle the load of the millions of WP8 people desperately trying to get their photos onto instagram, especially as it's a paid application. Who knows, they may lift the limit if they see their servers can handle it.
P.S. props to ventasoft for developing this in the first place, Once things are working again, I will be over the moon happy that this application exists. My lack of an ability to upload on instagram was really the only thing that I didn't like about Windows Phone 8.
Also, if I link my FB to Instagram, will it automatically publish to my FB account?