One year after issuing its first Android app, Instagram said today that nearly half of its users employ Android devices.
“Instagram for Android has helped make this community more global than ever,” the company said in a blog post.
The statement gives further evidence to analytics claims that Android dominates in developing markets with its generally cheaper devices.
“Major events such as Brazil’s Círio de Nazaré festival, the 85th birthday of Thailand’s King Bhumibol, and a streak of severe thunderstorms throughout Malaysia have been captured by Android Instagrammers and shared to global audiences like never before,” the blog post said.
Instagram’s shout-outs are calculated to help it continue to earn downloads: Brazil and Thailand hosts two of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world, according to the mobile analytics firm Flurry.
Instagram’s praise for Android users also comes as good news for Google. The app is popular and exemplifies the creative cache that has helped keep iOS in the top spot in the United States.