Instapaper is a popular service for saving web pages to read later, one that competes with the likes of Pocket and Readability. Today the app hit the big 3.0, so I'm going to take a moment to highlight what's new. The headlining feature is text highlighting, the ability to save a section of an article to read or share with others later. The app groups all of these snippets together in an accessible location. These highlights are then synced with other devices and the web.

4 Article with Highlight 3 Highlights 2 Menu

There's a catch though. Freemium users are limited to five highlights per month. Removing this restriction requires a $1 monthly payment.

Version 3.0 goes on to introduce alterations to the design, including a tweaked logo and a new color theme. Aesthetics aside, the update also brings in a browsing section with daily recommendations from Instapaper.

What's new:

  • Introducing Highlights. You can now highlight and save text from any article!
  • Create a highlight by selecting text and pressing the "Highlight" option.
  • Your highlights are immediately synced to all your mobile devices and Instapaper.com
  • New Instapaper logo and icons with improved design
  • Move articles from folders directly back to "Home"
  • New Browse section, view daily recommendation from Instapaper and Feature
  • New styling options including new color theme

You can get your hands on the new features via the widget below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Keesmcqueen

    As long as Pocket is free, I don't see any reason to switch.

  • Kenneth

    Instapaper works on more sites in terms of parsing, but yeah, Pocket is still better in most ways.

  • mrpaco

    They lost the race long time ago with the hesitation to launch an app in Android when the developer was saying day after day that he doesn't care about any other thing than ios.

    Pocket offered everything with a better app and ate them. Also it's free.

    • http://shanked.me/ Shank

      Instapaper is owned by Betaworks now; you can stop nitpicking about Marco Arment's personal thoughts on Android any time you like.

      • http://rickt.org rickt

        i bought Instapaper as soon as it became available for Android, being an longtime Instapaper user. it had some problems, i switched back and with Instapaper and Instafetch. finally, Instapaper got pretty good maybe six months before he sold it. now it's crap again. background download sync doesn't work reliably. here's hoping 3.0 fixes the problems, though to be honest i recently switched over to Pocket and it seems to do what it says on the tin without my worrying about no-sync pain.

      • mrpaco

        I'm don't care who doesn't own it right now, I am telling why they lost the race to pocket.

        First came first serve, happens on almost every app even if 2 months later someone releases other with the same uses but better.

  • PopeTackler

    I suppose it's a step in the right direction that they removed the need for a monthly payment to even use the app on Android, but paying $3 for an app only to be told you can't use all the features is still bad show.

    And as mrpaco mentioned, the developer is/was notoriously anti-Android in the past. All things considered his service is not worth anyone's money nor worth any coverage on AndroidPolice.

    Pocket blows the app and service out of the water.

    • http://shanked.me/ Shank

      Owned by Betaworks now; you can stop nitpicking about Marco Arment's personal thoughts on Android any time you like.

      • PopeTackler

        Nah, I'm good. But thanks for your concern.

  • fED

    No thanks. I use Pocket which is ten times better and FREE!

  • None

    Have pocket got highlight option because I didn't see, so instapaper with this feature is better than pocket now?