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Nokia in plea to Instagram for Windows Phone launch

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Nokia is so keen for the Facebook-owned Instagram to launch on Windows Phone that it has just released a 'tribute app' on devices running the operating system.

The Finnish firm says that the #2InstaWithLove app has been created so that Windows Phone users craving Instagram can 'have their voice heard'.

"Many of you have asked when Instagram will be coming to Windows Phone, and the #2InstaWithLove app was created as a way for you to have your voice heard," Nokia says on the Windows Phone Store.

Nokia creates #2InstaWithLove app on Lumia devices



The app allows Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 users to take a photo using the classic Polaroid filter, and it will be automatically tagged with the hashtag #2InstaWithLove.

"It's all about showing Instagram just how passionate the Windows Phone community is - so be creative, have fun and be sure to share your favourite photos with us using a social network of your choice," Nokia adds.

Microsoft launched its Windows Phone 8 operating system last year with many more apps than previous generations, but Instagram was among the notable absentees.

However, The Verge reports that Microsoft is currently building an Instagram application for Windows Phone.

The tech site's sources say the app is now in testing, but still requires approval from Instagram before going live to users.

But securing Instagram for the platform would be a significant coup for Microsoft, as the photo-sharing app has grown to more than 100m global users on iOS and Android in just two and a half years.

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