“…which smartphone we own has begun to inform our identities. In our gadget-filled lives, our phones have become another way for us to organize ourselves into separate groups, to label each other as “other” and “apart.” Our tech has come to define us.”
So what has this meant for Instagram’s competitors who remain available only on iOS? One iPhone only app we’ve covered in the past, PicYou, says that it has seen an influx of new users in the past few days.
In the four days following the launch of Instagram for Android, PicYou received over 125,000 downloads, a huge boost from its average 1,000 to 4,000 daily downloads.
Are some iPhone users actually abandoning Instagram in favour of other iPhone-only apps out of a sense of betrayal?
Members of The Next Web noticed a sudden increase in followers on PicYou, starting on April 4, exactly one day after the Instagram for Android launch, despite not having used the app recently.
While there’s no hard and fast proof that the two are connected, it also makes for quite the coincidence. After all, while we saw a renewed set of flamewars sizzling their way to the forefront, we never would have imagined such an angry outburst from some iPhone users.
Keeping that in mind, ditching Instagram, if even just for a while, until they get over themselves, seems pretty par for the course, at least for those who felt the burning desire to speak out against the introduction of the Android app.