Instapaper released an official app for Android tablets and phones which is now available from Google Play for $2.99. It is going through the approval process after which it will be available in the Nook and Amazon app stores as well.
Instapaper is one of the most used and favorite apps on iOS, as it allows users to save web pages which can be read offline without any need of Internet connection.
The app for Android has the same functionality and re-formats web pages for the smaller screens of smartphones, but originally, it was developed for tablets. It will work very well on 7” tablets like the Nook Touch and Kindle Fire, as well as on 10” tablets. Instapaper was developed to work on almost all Android devices which are running on Android 2.1 and above.
This app allows users to save web pages as text-only, for a comfortable and focused reading. It strips all the ads and unnecessary content from the pages and makes the text clear for readers. A number of font types and sizes, line spacing facility, margins and night mode features are available for customized reading, suitable to the viewer.
It is definitely comfortable to be able to keep articles and web pages that were stumbled during the day, and the app works for any size of the webpage. It is easy to organize these articles in different folders: up to 500 articles can be saved on the device using this app, but a lot more can be saved online as well. Users can share the articles using a web browser and can sync them in order to read from multiple platforms. This app is expected to become very popular around the globe for its usability and simple features.
After the launch of Instapaper for Android phones, users have been comparing it with the version for iOS, which currently has more useful features than the one developed for Android. It is true that the iOS app has better features, but the Android app is also $2 lesser in cost. It has been informed officially that Instapaper will add more features in the Android app pretty soon, so there’s no need to worry in that aspect if you own an Android operated device.
The launch of Instapaper app for Android came as a complete surprise, as its creator Marco Arment is not very enthusiastic about the Google OS and had previously given a statement mentioning he had no plans to develop an app destined to Android. He kept his word, in the sense that he did not develop it personally, but entrusted it to Mobelux to deliver all over the globe.
Although Instapaper for Android is a much celebrated app, before buying it, it is advisable to check Pocket for Android; an application designed to serve a similar purpose and free of charge.