Unofficial Instagram app for Windows Phone fights for access

Okay folks, now that it's Monday morning afternoon, we have the skinny on Metrogram, the Instagram client for Windows Phone that we learnt about late last night. The app is being developed by Bil Simser and should be available in two or three weeks.

First the bad news. Indeed, as per Instagram's API requirements, the app is read-only. Still, it offers a lot in terms of functions e.g. browse tags, search for pictures, view details, profiles, leave comments, like pictures, etc.

Now the potential good news. Bil is in contact with Instagram and is trying to get a waiver on their read-only policy and to allow the app to post. If that permission is granted Bil tells us "...a full client will be about 3-4 weeks off (including photo effects similar to the iPhone client)".  However, if Instagram does not grant an exception, Bil may try other means by which to get photos up, perhaps something analogous to the MetroPandora SDK i.e. look for workarounds.

Instagram claim that they don't allow 3rd party access for uploads to  “fight spam & low quality photos” which at first makes sense until you realize no one is monitoring photo uploads to their service, making it a hollow promise. Surely safeguards could be put into place to prevent spam, such as limiting the amount of uploads over a given time-frame.

We'll definitely keep you posted on what happens with Metrogram and what Instagram has to say about it. One way or another though, we'll get this service on our phones. Just take a look at Pandora. For more info on Instagram, read here at iMore.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • I'm hoping they allow it. They've been opening up slowly but surely on the iPhone regarding giving select 3rd party apps the ability to "send to Instagram". It basically allows those apps to apply their own effects & then send the finished results directly to the Instagram app. But you indeed still have to go through their official app to do the posting part, which obviously doesn't currently exist on WP7. Hopefully this app is quality & they'll give it special access to post directly. I think a big reason why they haven't allowed it on Android is because of quality control would be nearly impossible on that platform since its wide open & so fragmented. Meaning there's a ton of different cameras (lots of them bad), different UIs, different versions of the OS itself, different screen resolutions, etc. It's a developers nightmare really. That's not the case on WP7. It's pretty much the exact opposite of all that. Everyone is running Mango, all the cameras are quality, the experience is tightly controlled & consistent, the Market isn't a wide open spam fest, etc. Its really the logical choice for them. Let's see if they go for it.
  • Did anybody bother to ask them why they haven't made a WP app? Seems like there are more 3rd party apps than official apps.
  • "Focusing on Android" is the response.
  • Good luck with that for them …