Jun 04 AT 10:31 AM Nick Gray 13 Comments

Instapaper for Android now available for $2.99


Instapaper for Android has arrived! For those who don’t know. Instapaper is a wildly popular application (previously an exclusive iOS application) which allows users to save web pages for reading later. The application strips out all the ads and unnecessary content from the page and presents the text in a clean and intuitive UI. Users can manipulate the font size and style just as they would in any eReader application.

While the idea behind Instapaper is extremely simple, the implementation is the most critical aspect. Offline web page viewing is a feature which Google built into the updated web browsing experience in Android 4.0, but the interface in clunky and does not allow for much customization.

Instapaper Features

  • Adjustable fonts and text sizes
  • Dark Mode for night reading
  • Syncs your position in each article between multiple Android devices
  • Folders for organizing articles
  • Native Android sharing
  • Lock rotation
  • Download up to 500 articles at a time

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The launch of the application on Android is a bit surprising since  its creator, Marco Arment, has never been a fan of Google OS and recently stated that he has no plans on developing the application for Android.  Technically, Arment stuck to his guns since he did not personally develop the Android application. Instead, Mobelux was enlisted to deliver Instapaper to all the little green robots across the globe.

Instapaper for Android is available on for Android 2.2+ devices and downloaded from Google Play for $2.99. To make things even better, Mobelux has developed specific versions of the application for the NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire and can be downloaded from their respective application stores.

How many of you have been waiting for Instapaper for Android? Is $2.99 a fair price or would they have more success if they priced it a little lower?

Via: The Verge

Source: Mobelux

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Anurag Bansal

    Why don’t these people understand that no more there is a difference between iPhone and Android. Functionality wise both equally do things OK. It is no more iPhone is better than Android thing. It is more of a personal choice to pick one over the other. Android is not a subpart device in any respect. Look at HTC One X, Galaxy series phones and other top of the line recent introductions.
    Now regarding the price tag of $2.99 for an app which is similar to Pocket and Readability in functionality and are Free. Unless people are really crazy about using the apps that were available for iPhone only, I don’t get why would anyone pay that price.
    Pocket (formerly Read it later) tried that price tag earlier and they ended up making it free. To be frank with you, people out there using these devices are not all geeks who care and know about these apps, they still use iPhone and androids only to make calls, take pictures and browser the web once in a while.
    I don’t think $2.99 price tag is fair for such an app.
    But that is just my personal opinion being a long time iPhone and Android user.
    Anurag Bansal

  • Matt

    I agree with OSNews. I think with this price-point and the fact that apps like Pocket have come along and already filled in the niche that once had Android users clamoring for Instapaper, IP is going to find that their original statements that there was no money to be made in Android will be true, but not because of Android.

    • joe

      self fullfilling profecy. ignore the platform for years, in fact even disparage it in your personal blog.. then wait until the market is flooded with competitors to release your app for $3 when the others are better AND free… then complain that noone makes money on Android. genious

  • Jorge Vieira

    I already have it on ios and idk if its worth it now that pocket is around.

  • Nick

    $2.99? What a joke. Pocket is FREE and BETTER. Anyone who actually pays for Instapaper is an idiot and doesn’t deserve to own an Android device.

  • SirSid

    I got instapaper to try it out and I have to say pocket is free and has a slightly better interface. I mean both are drop dead simple, but pockets free. I don’t think its worth 3 bucks at all.

  • Max.Steel

    Lol. $2.99. Dream on. My GNex has “save offline” built in anyway.

  • http://ericweiss.me Eric Weiss

    First he insults Android and it’s users and pledges to never make an official app. Then, a year later, he releases a paid app only after all his competitors release a free app. (Nice work around getting someone else to make it). He doesn’t even announce the app on the Instapaper blog where every minor iOS update gets a blog post.

    I see in the near future Marco Arment saying “See, I told you it wouldn’t work on Android.” when instead it was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    I was using Papermill to access Instapaper but since that involves $1/month for an Instapaper subscription I will have to try Pocket or go back to my old method of clipping to Evernote. I no longer wish to support Mr. Arment.

  • Alex Belko

    We don’t need the application because it’s popular on ios, we have better working and free apps for android!

  • eallan

    Exactly, Pocket is a great application. I don’t see the need for instapaper.

  • joe

    This is a very valuable lesson to developers… but ignoring the biggest platform in mobile for years while focusing only on their favorite platform they lost a gigantic market opp. I was an instapaper user for years but switched to Read it Later/Pocket about 6 months ago because support for Android was such an afterthought to these guys. Their loss.

  • Dan Jones

    Yeah, that’s for sure. If they had an Android app from the get-go, they could’ve actually gotten more than just former iPhone users to use the app.

    But Pocket is a great, very easy-to-use app, and Readability’s mobile-optimized view is much better than Instapaper’s, and both of them are free. Instapaper way missed their chance. If they actually wanted users, they should have just made the app free, and added some ads in there.