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Instapaper, the immensely popular bookmarking and reading app, has unexpectedly launched its Android version. The app, which has seen millions of download on iTunes, was not expected to launch its Android version any time soon, but managed to surprise us all.

For Android users who’ve until now been left out of the game, Instapaper is a tool for saving web pages and reading them later. It’s available as a browser add-on and a $4.99 iOS app, and now also as a $2.99 Android app. Instapaper lets you save interesting articles on your browser and read them later on your mobile device. It also strips away clutter and optimizes the text for your mobile screen. While reading, you can adjust things like font size, background color, line spacing and more. The Android version of Instapaper offers many sharing options, and you can share your favorite articles using almost any sharing platform you can think of.

If all this sounds a bit familiar, you’re not imagining things. Pocket (formerly Read it Later) offers very similar functionally, and has been available on Android for quite a while. Lately, it even became free, which makes it an even bigger competitor for Instapaper on this platform.

While Instapaper launched on Android for almost half the price it’s going for on iOS, it remains to be seen if the app is not too late for the party, and if it’s name and popularity will bring it success on Android as well. Are you planning to buy Instapaper for Android?

Source: Instapaper


  1. Aaraon
    June 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Starbucks is giving instapaper away for free this week. They have little iTunes cards with codes in store.

  2. Neil
    June 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Sigh....guess google has to address the software, hardware fragmentation issue. Dev are a pragmatic/herding lot.

    Androids prevail!!

  3. Samsudeen Hussain
    June 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I just got my first smart phone which runs on android a couple of months back. I have been using pocket for about a month and i love it. Actually i find it more easy to read a long article using pocket rather than my browser. I haven't heard about instapaper so can't really say much about it. But just from the screenshots, i feel that pocket is certianly better at this moment and moreover its free.

  4. Neil
    June 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I've been using Pocket for the longest time and nary any complaints. And no, I would not use instapapper for the sane reason of supporting android first developers. The android community is strong, diverse and highly democratic. Any competent developer will do well not to second term us.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      I must agree with you on this one. I think it's unwise for any developer to ignore the Android community, and to do so for so long. What happened with Instagram won't happen to everyone. Android is, after all, the more popular OS, I don't understand big apps that are iOS only.

  5. Himanshu Singla
    June 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Great app..and very good interface and user friendly.

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