Android tablet users can now get their hands on the hot photo sharing app Instagram, though the experience appears to be only slightly better than what iPad users currently have.
On tablets, the updated Instagram Android app runs an upscaled version of the Android phone interface, reports the Verge, which tested the app on an Asus Transformer Prime. Instagram runs at the tablet’s native resolution, which means the picture quality is better than the way the iPad simply doubles the resolution of the iPhone Instagram app.
While all versions of the iPad can run iPhone apps, on the iPad 1 and 2 the upscaling process was notoriously ugly. On the new iPad, upscaled iPhone apps look much smoother, though they’re still no replacement for apps built specifically for the tablet.
Now that Instagram has broad coverage on Android, I suspect the company is going to focus its efforts on a real iPad app next. Given the iPad’s larger screen and the crazy high-resolution of the new iPad, a tricked out Instagram iPad app could be killer.