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?