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Instapaper, "a simple tool to save web pages for reading later," is wildly popular among iOS users, but has – until now – eluded Android users. Looking to quench users' thirst for the highly desired app, Mobelux has just made Instapaper live in Google's Play Store.

For those who aren't familiar, Instapaper allows users to quickly, easily save reading material they discover online but don't have time to read right away. The app is able to save just about any webpage in a text-only format, allowing for easy, "distraction-free" reading at your leisure.

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Perhaps the best part about Instapaper is that saved content is stored for offline viewing, meaning users can read their saved content anywhere at any time. The app also allows for font size, brightness, line spacing, and margin adjustment, in addition to a "dark mode" for night reading (though "sepia mode," available on iOS is as yet absent).

Generally speaking, the app looks very similar to its iOS counterpart, but with a few hints of Ice Cream Sandwich here and there. In their exclusive hands-on coverage, the Verge praises Instapaper for keeping the helpful nuances of its iOS iteration, but criticizes the fact that users cannot read in full screen, and that the app does not offer any sort of pagination within documents.

That being said, the app looks great overall, and is almost certainly worth its $2.99 price tag given the handy functionality it offers. Just hit the widget below to check it out.

Via Mobelux

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    My non-existant spidey senses are tingling that this is gonna be exactly like Instagram.

    There are a lot of alternatives for free *cough* Pocket */cough* so why should you pay so much for it? I guess Instapaper had the "first" bonus on iOS but on Android?

    EDIT: Oh, and the original developer is a Apple/iOS fanboy par excellence. I couldn't count how many times I rolled my eyes while listening to him in his interview on "On the Verge"

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    My non-existant spidey senses are tingling that this is gonna be exactly like Instagram.

    There are a lot of alternatives for free *cough* Pocket */cough* so why should you pay so much for it? I guess Instapaper had the "first" bonus on iOS but on Android?

    EDIT: Oh, and the original developer is a Apple/iOS fanboy par excellence. I couldn't count how many times I rolled my eyes while listening to him in his interview on "On the Verge"

  • crankyd00d

    Pocket (formerly Read It Later) is better!

    • Sqube

      As I was reading this, I was wondering why I would use this over Pocket.

  • crankyd00d

    Pocket (formerly Read It Later) is better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    too many rss aggregators out there and after watching the verge review of the app its half-baked version of the ios verison. Not worth the buy in my opinion if the devs cant get the same features out the door in day one. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    too many rss aggregators out there and after watching the verge review of the app its half-baked version of the ios verison. Not worth the buy in my opinion if the devs cant get the same features out the door in day one. 

  • http://ps3explained.com/ Flame

    Finally. Not having Instapaper when I moved to Android made me sad.  But then I went to ReadItLater/Pocket.  Too slow, Instapaper.

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

    I actually listen to the podcast (Build and Analyze) with Marco Arment, the guy behind Instapaper. He's said for months, err, make that a couple of years, that he is completely uninterested in doing an Android version of Instapaper due to a "terrible user experience, how cheap the users are and how high the piracy rate is. Quick disclaimer, I'm exactly 1 month behind on that podcast right now (I might listen through them in a hurry to get caught up, I'd love to hear how he backtracks this one). He's spent a long time bashing on Android very publicly, spewing some pretty crass inaccuracies and demonstrating, as Germian points out, how much of an Apple Fanboy he is. He's also made a very loud point about how he has to charge $5 for the iOS version because it covers the expense of running the servers that back up the client app, so I find it strange that he's now effectively splitting $3 with Mobelux.  It's rare I say this, but his public vitriol towards Android makes me think he doesn't deserve money for this...
    This makes me wonder if he's farming out development in preparation to sell off Instapaper.

  • Droid4LifeDawg

    In the words of Peter Griffin "Oh wait, I don't get it" I mean come on we have "Pocket & Readability" which does the same things and more it seems like and they're free. We don't need IOS hand me downs, to late - go away go away!

  • Juhani

    There's no mention about this on the Marco's website at all. Sounds like a fake to me. Does the app require the paid subscription or is just scraping the website like most of them are?

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

      If you follow the link to 'exclusive hands-on coverage', it takes you to the Verge article where they specifically quote Marco and make multiple references to Marco's history with the company that made it and sorta hint at why he farmed it out. The Verge wouldn't have done the article that way unless they'd talked to him personally, so I think it can be said conclusively that it's not a fake...

      • Juhani

        Yeah found that just after posting the comment too. I hope Marco would add a post to his blog too... Might cause an outrage with all the Appel fanboys subscribed to it though :D

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

          Considering how much hate was pointed at Instagram when they went Android, I wouldn't blame him if he wanted to sweep it under the rug.  Also, given that he's not the developer, he might be worried about getting support requests that he really can't do anything about.  I'm a little curious if this means he'll finally be forced to buy an Android phone/tablet (even for testing).  I know he's got a Kindle Fire, but that hardly counts.

          Edit: after mentioning the Kindle Fire, I realized I should point out that Marco is a big Amazon fan. I expect that there will be an update posted to this article within the next 2 weeks that mentions the app has been added to the Amazon App Store.

  • Sinach

    No thanks, i rather sty with Pocket apps

  • Awesome Sauce

    Dont know what the big deal is.  Spool does this and better. You can even send videos to Spool for offline viewing.  Oh well....

  • abs

    I won't ever buy this app because Marco is a real a*hole. Just read his comments regarding Android!
    I'll never give him 0.01$. Sorry but I don't like a*holes.

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  • Lyn

    Looks nice, but I'm happy enough with Pocket to even bother trying it out.