2012-03-07 18h41_43

If you've been waiting around for Readability to hit the Play Store, you've probably noticed that it's, well, not there. There's actually no word when it will land in the Store, but it's already available in the Amazon Appstore if you'd rather not wait.

Update: Now it's available in the store here. Widget added below.

While the desktop world races to create the world's most powerful browser, and even browser-based OSes, the mobile world moves towards simplicity. Stripped down article readers offer content-focused readers, stripped of page bloat, ads, and distracting sidebars. Readability, a gorgeous and until recently iOS-only content aggregator app is headed to Android on Monday, March 12th.

The desktop Chrome extension offers "Read Now," "Read Later," and "Send to Kindle" options. Saving an article will scrape the source for the headline, images, and body content and render them in a nice, clean reader. One nice thing about Readability is that publishers and developers can add Readability buttons to their sites, as well as build their own "full-featured reading apps." It's a little like a halfway point between Instapaper and Google Currents.

The app will land on the Android Market Play Store this Monday.

Source: Readability (1), (2)

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • richard

    Oh, ios only, and now for us peasants too! On March 12! The suspense is killing me!

    Couldn't care less.

  • Trenton

    I really can't wait! Will let me kill my new 3500 mAH battery on the go and give me time to read!

  • Lon Lawrence

    Ahhh, such soothsays of doomsday... I, for one, think it's great, especially the ability to send it to my e-ink Kindle where reading is truly a joy.

  • Cory

    Couldnt leave "Read-it-Later" even if i wanted to, waaaay too many tags & saved 'ish to switch it up. Plus, it works great!!

  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schnietz

    I just purchased a Kindle, so to 'send to Kindle' chrome is perfect for this. I like this Readability device.

  • MarkG

    Meh KindleSwindle.

    Really, why would anyone buy a Kindle? Surely it's just as bad as owning an iPhone with regards to lockdown and lack of freedom and choice.

    Lazy/Idiot shopping.

  • David Gary

    Not sure what planet MarkG is on, but my Kindle Fire is rocking a barebones CM7 that has ICS features. Couldn't be happier and got it for $150.

  • Idle Time

    How is this different/better than "Readitlater"?

  • Kuroshima

    I wish Amazon would allow non US residents to access the appstore...

    • http://twitter.com/zehrique Henrique

      @Kuroshima I live in Brazil and have access to Amazon's AppStore.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Looks like non-U.S. can use the Play Store, and U.S. have to use the Amazon Appstore for now.

  • Sebastian
    • Dandmcd

      Sweet, not compatible with all my devices! This has to be a mistake...

      • blodsi

        Not available in the USA, lol

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          What the hell, you're right. My guess is they have an Amazon period of exclusivity, so they uploaded to the Market for non-U.S. users.

  • danny

    crap... APK anyone? :/

  • Ion

    Was this a paid article or what?
    Read it later is better!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Your face is paid.

      • Shawn

        aw snap!

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    For those asking the difference between Readability and ReadItLater, the article doesn't mention it but the business model for Readability centers around actually giving some money back to the content publishers for getting to read something ad-free. There's an API for publishers to make the content clearer and easier to format. Take a look at http://www.readability.com/about for a full explanation, but they basically split 70% of paid accounts across the content publishers you view/save. There's actually been quite a bit of controversy over this.

    I'm not saying it's better/worse/whatever, but it is fundamentally different from ReadItLater even though the problem they both try to solve is basically the same.

  • Luly

    The app is pretty functional but the GUI is a direct port of the iOS app. (rounded button, sharing icon is a drawer with an arrow etc)

    It's not a huge issue per se but definitely distracting.