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App review: Instagrio 16

by Ryan St. Andrie Fri, 15 Jun 2012 7:24 am EDT

App review: Instagrio

Being a webOS fan can be a bit of a hard pill to swallow as the number of apps on other platforms continues to grow. Even Microsoft's Windows Phone has recently hit the magic 100,000 app mark. Granted, sheer numbers aren't everything, but within these numbers there are apps for services that we have never and probably will not see in the near future on webOS. One of these services is the ever popular photo sharing service Instagram. In case you haven't heard of it, Instagram is an extremely popular social photo sharing service that Facebook just purchased for a whopping $1 billion. Originally available only on iOS, Instagram fever spread onto Android in recent months

With Android and iOS being the only two platforms to have a legitimate Instagram app in the mobile space, all other platforms (including webOS) have been left shivering in the cold, filter-free wilderness. However, that hasn't stopped some of our hard-working developers from trying to deliver at least a little bit of the Instagram experience to us. This is where Instagrio from developer Tsung Wu (@ioNull on Twitter) comes into play - this app is an Instagram viewer only (no uploading your own photos) but it at least delivers part of the experience of the popular Instagram service to webOS users in a really nice package.

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This app is straightforward and mirrors the official app in many ways, so veteran Instagram users will feel right at home. Upon initially opening the app you will be prompted to enter your username and password. After signing into Instagram, your timeline will be pulled up for your viewing pleasure. Needless to say the sign-in process is a painless endeavor and has you ready to start viewing your Instagram stream in no time at all. It should be noted that you can not create an Instagram account with Instagrio (you need the official Instagram app, which as we mentioned earlier, is only available on iOS and Android). So if you don't already have an Instagram account you either need to get one or this app will be utterly useless to you. 

Navigation in this app is almost identical to the official Instagram app with a few tweaks to make make it possible to navigate on webOS. That said, this app is very un-webOS like in operation, so don't expect gestures to work the way we've all grown accustomed to. As a matter of fact the only gesture you will use will be the back swipe on the gesture area. However, back swipe will not take you to a previous view, it will instead bring up a little menu in the lower left corner of the app that will give you the options of navigating to the Home, Hot, or Mine categories. If you see a particular photo that you would like to save, comment on, or "Like" a simple long press on the picture will bring up a menu that will allow you to select one of these options. One issue we noticed with the long press is that sometimes it just pulled up the picture instead of giving us the options menu for that photo. It's a minor complaint but aggravating all the same. 

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Ultimately this is a great little app and we appreciate the hard work Tsung has put into it. Instagrio is currently only available on webOS smartphones, but Tsung has said that a TouchPad version may be on the horizon if he has the time. This is as close to the real Instagram experience as a webOS user can get given the limited API for the service. If you're an Instagram user and want to interact with the service while on your webOS smartphone, Instagrio is perfect for you. We would have to say this app is a steal for the paltry sum of $0.99 so head on over to the App Catalog and pick it up today!



I can't sign up on my windows laptop?

Nope. iOS and Android official apps only.

is this because you need to buy into instragram?

FB is dropping the ball already....they should have an option other than being able to like the page :-(

I did some searching and doesn't seem to be anyway to join other than the app....can't even find a join option on FB

I want this app but will not ask some app platform fanboy to sign me up!!

There was a website register page, but now removed..T-T
You have to find an iOS or android device

my girlfriends daughter and husband are I fools and are coming down for the fourth...I will steal an iphone from one of them and join.....least they can do for me allowing them to bring there phones into my webOS world :-)

"Being a webOS (fan?)can be a bit of a hard pill to swallow as the number of apps on other platforms continues to grow. "

Being (on) webOS can be a bit of a hard pill to swallow as the number of apps on other platforms continues to grow. "


If any suggestion, find me on twitter(@ioNull or @instagrio)
the screenshots are on old version.
Now menu with path style(and gesture is not used.. It's more webOS way I

It always bothered me that no one developed an app like this for webOS when I had my Pre (3 years!). It seems like such a simple app for a developer to make.

Props to this guy for taking the time.

I'd really like to know how many fart apps and other ridiculous soundboards there are for Windows Mobile by now. I mean, that's what smartphones are built for, right?

My gosh, the view from 2009 is so bitter... But then again, who needs apps when you can just go to the website, right?

You realize crap apps have dimished seriously since the halcyon days of 2009-10, right? And that webOS had its fair share than the others, with a vastly higher ratio of single-site newsreaders, single-stream audio apps, fart apps, one-off eBook floods, abandoned and barely-working apps, and then there's this rich story from the middle of webOS' life:
"I made some of the crappiest apps for the Pre, and Palm is giving me $1,000 for each,” software programmer Pete Ma (right) bragged to last week during a developer conference, adding that each of his five apps took less than an hour to code."
Ah, the golden days where webOS had absolutely no crapware. Whoops, sorry, those days never existed and it was, at one time, a pretty central point for crapware to be deposited given that any amateur hack "developer"--and I use that term very loosely in some cases--could cobble together simple apps like nobody's business. Ask any webOS developer that was around during that time, in fact, since many complained about the serious flood of crapware coming through at the time.

Please i wanna this app.. But i can't buy it... because i live in a country that no are allowed in the app catalog i cant create account.. Any idea how I can get it? i don't have problem to pay it :)

Instead, I just modified my Pre's browser user-agent a bit using this as Instagram has also made it viewable using web browser. Now it can do pretty much what Instagrio (the paid version) can, at least all that I expect it to provide.

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