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Flat Instragram: a fancier looking Instagram for Android

Authored by: Sterling Keys — Feb 2, 2014

Well, if you’re an Instragram user, you may not be a big fan of the way the app itself looks. While the iOS version of the app has been getting polishing update after polishing update, it seems like the Android version has been stuck in some kind of a time warp.  Thankfully, with Flat Instagram, you can get a brand new look for the app combined with transparency effects that can be used in Android KitKat. 

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Leave it to developers to do the work for Android.  / © AndroidPIT

While the iOS app has been getting most of the attention when it comes to layout and design, Android has been pushed to the side. As such, the Android Instagram looks out of touch and out of date compared to its iOS counterpart. Thankfully, developer Krishneelg3 and other members of the XDA developers forum have put out their own “skin” of the popular photo and video sharing app.

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Flat Instagram (left) and the current version of Instagram (right). / © AndroidPIT

Flat Instagram is their solution to the way they think Instagram SHOULD look like in Android, including tabbed options on the bottom as well as a translucent design for KitKat.

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The look of the iOS version for Android with Flat Instagram. / © AndroidPIT

Both the original Instagram app and Flat Instagram can be installed at the same time on a device, but it would help to have only one in case of any bugs popping up. Flat Instagram is compatible with Android 2.2 and higher, so hopefully, most everyone will be able to run it on his or her device. Links on how to download and install the app are listed over at the thread on the XDA Developers Forum.

From all the way over on Vancouver Island, Sterling Keys started off his smartphone adventure with an HTC S710 equipped with Windows Mobile and knew there had to be something better. Over the next few years, and countless different operating systems, he has finally found his home on Android.

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  • Den Ce Feb 3, 2014 Link to comment

    How do I get Instragram links in Twitter app to open Instragram app directly? Currently I get option to open Chrome or Opera app. Thanks

  • Johnattan Haddock Feb 3, 2014 Link to comment

    I don't care about the flat design. When does instagram will be an Android app and not and iOS app. Since the debut of Instagram on Android they haven't polish it to look less like iOS, heck they haven't even make a single WIDGET. Why? Vine have been around less time I Android and at least they have one and they have polish the app to look more like Android apps look now a day.

  • Angel Ramos Feb 3, 2014 Link to comment

    ha sorry about that! thank you!

  • iMaC74 Feb 2, 2014 Link to comment

    👆 lol read the post 😏 Thanks guy's this is by far a better version than the original Instagram looks great and works great no problems so far running on gpe s4 4.4.2 KitKat 👍😉

  • Angel Ramos Feb 2, 2014 Link to comment

    can you add a link? nothing is showing on in the play store