Instagram is jumping into the Android beta game.
This means means you can download a preview version and try things out before they they get pushed to the main Android app.
Getting on board requires jumping through a few hoops. First, you need to join the Instagram for Android Beta Testers Google group. You’ll need to link your Google account and pledge you won’t redistribute the app to others.
After doing that, you’ll jump to a separate site to sign up as a tester. Then you should see an update for Instagram on your device. Sometimes this process can get a bit wonky, and you may need to uninstall Instagram or restart your phone to get the new update to take properly.
Also, in beta versions you should see more frequent updates as the developers test things out. It’s neat to get features before everyone else, but keep in mind that often means some bugs will pop up from time to time.
Currently the beta is a slight version bump from 6.13.3 to 6.14.0. Bug fixes are the only new feature listed, though this should change soon once the beta gets up and running at full speed.
Why this matters: Instagram is super popular, recently passing Twitter for total number of users. So it’s a good move for Instagram to make an app that works and functions properly on Android, taking advantage (hopefully) of those new Lollipop features instead of just being an iOS clone.