Creator of popular “Read Later” iOS app Instapaper is rather vocal about having no intentions to develop an Android version of the app. Although the Instascraper creator once considered allowing another developer to take on the project, Arment told The Verge just a few weeks ago that “Android is not my world.” He also said the iOS app is a full-time gig. However, we finally got an official Android version of Instapaper available on Google Play for $2.99 starting today.
As noted by The Verge, which recently went hands-on with the app, Arment enlisted the help of Tumblr app developer Mobelux for the development of the Android version. While the Android version is missing a few features and some of the polish of the iOS app, the review noted “installing Instapaper for Android adds an “Instapaper” button to the Share menu when you’re inside other apps, like the web browser, so you don’t need in order to install a bookmarklet to save articles while you’re browsing on the go.”
You can expect many updates to the Instapaper Android client in the near future from Mobelux that will undoubtedly bring it up to speed with the iOS version. The app is available on Google Play now and should make its way to Nook Store and Amazon App Store shortly.
- Interview with Instapaper founder Marco Arment (9to5mac.com)
- Yahoo launches its own iOS web browser called Axis, with a focus on syncing bookmarks (9to5mac.com)