Imgur launches first official mobile applicationBy Shawn Knight
Popular image sharing platform Imgur has launched their first mobile application. Imgur for Android will facilitate viewing, uploading, sharing and commenting of photos across a wide array of mobile devices and will serve as a vast improvement over having to use the company's mobile website or third party apps to surf on the go.
Some users had early access to the app in beta form but it just became available to all users on Monday via the Google Play Store. Founder and CEO Alan Schaaf said the company was really excited to bring Imgurians (slang for Imgur users) a mobile tool that makes their experience even better.
He also noted that mobile usage has doubled annually, up from roughly seven percent in January 2011 to 30 percent at the beginning of this year. It was this growth that led to the decision to build an official mobile app, Schaaf said.
The app is said to deliver the complete Imgur experience while maintaining a clean interface with access to the entire feature set. It comes at a time when people are flocking from traditional entertainment media like television to other forms of entertainment like social networks and the like. In fact, Imgur says their experience has been moving toward image sharing as a form of entertainment - kind of like a YouTube for images.
The Imgur for Android app is available free of charge in the Google Play Store. No word yet on when the app will show up on other platforms, however.