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One of the social networking apps to take iOS users by storm is Instagram, but it’s not just any normal social network.

Allowing users to upload their own photos after editing them using a selection of provided affects, Instagram is a cross between Flickr and Twitter and is currently the must-have app for the technorati of iOS. The problem is, there is currently no Android version and fans of the little green robot are getting tires of waiting.

Thankfully, Android developers are tired of waiting too, and one has set about creating an alternative to Instagram – can you have an alternative to something that doesn’t exist? – and it is called GO Photo.

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Available to download and install for free, GO Photo is the closest thing to Instagram outside of iOS, and it even mirrors some of the features that has made the father of the social photo network so popular.

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Just like Instagram, GO Photo lets users take photographs using their smartphone’s camera, and then upload them to the network via the app. Should the urge take them, users of the app can also add effects to the images before uploading them, with more than 50 effects available to choose from.

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GO Photo is a photo effects and sharing app. Take a snapshot with your phone, apply more than 50 effects and filters to it and share with your friends.

Uploaded photos can then be shared to other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, all from inside GO Photo. Images can also be sent via email or SMS, should the need arise.

Key Features:

  • Take and share photos easily
  • More than 20 Lomo effects
  • More than 20 theme effects
  • More than 20 filters
  • Montage is supported
  • Share to Twitter, Facebook and Sina Weibo
  • Can be installed to SD Card
  • Totally Free

At the time of writing, GO Photo has only been available in the Android Market for a few short days, and reviews are varying wildly between the app being awesome, and downright just not working. With the amount of data that will be getting sent to the servers attached to the app, we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for now – teething problems are to be expected, and Instagram itself is not immune to server issues, either.

If you give GO Photo (Android Market link) a go, we’d love to hear how you get on!

Make sure to check out our Android Apps gallery to explore more apps for your Android device.

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