Instapaper for Android launched today, adding to the growing list of iOS-turned-Android applications.
Developer Mobelux, which previously built Tumblr for iPhone and Android, was handpicked to create the new app, which is available today via Google Play for $2.99. It will work on devices running Android 2.1 and higher.
Instapaper allows users to save Web pages for later reading, keeping articles from your favorite websites stored offline and ready to read wherever you may not have access to data or Wi-Fi networks.
“Great for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don’t have the time when you find them,” the app’s Google Play Store description said.
Most websites can be saved as text-only, with adjustable fonts, text size, line spacing and margins; you can keep articles organized in folders, and share them via a Web browser.
The Android app release comes just days after the iOS app received an update, adding Background Update Locations to the 4.2.2 version. Instapaper now automatically downloads new articles whenever a user enters or leaves locations such as their home or workplace. The app stores the locations only within itself, and does not share them or send them to any web service, according to an Instapaper blog post.
The news was first reported by The Verge, which also talked to Instapaper creator Marco Arment, a known Apple fan. “Android is not in my world. It’s not in my attention span most days,” he told the blog. “Thinking about the iOS app is a full-time job, and staying competitive on iOS is a full-time job.”
Arment was inspired to explore an Android version of Instapaper thanks to the success of the Android-based Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes Noble Nook. “For me personally, Instapaper is now a tablet app first, and smartphone second,” he told The Verge.
Instapaper said the Android app was built “specifically for small tablets like Kindle Fire and Nook Color, large tablets like the Motorola Xoom as well as most Android phones running 2.1 (Eclair) and up.”
The Android app is expected to be available soon in the Amazon App Store and the Nook Store, Arment told The Verge.
For more, see PCMag’s original review of Instapaper for iOS and the slideshow below.
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In less than six months since it became available, Amazon’s Kindle Fire has become the leading Android tablet in the U.S., representing a 54.4 percent share of tablets using Google’s operating system.
“Within the Android tablet market, Kindle Fire has almost doubled its share in the past two months from 29.4 percent share in December 2011 to 54.4 percent share in February 2012, already establishing itself as the leading Android tablet by a wide margin,” said research firm comScore in a report Thursday.
“With Amazon’s well-known brand name, marketing muscle and widely used distribution channel, it’s not surprising to see the Kindle Fire take a leadership position in the Android tablet market,” Sarah Radwanick of comScore told msnbc.com. “What is impressive is that it reached this position so quickly after its debut.”
The Kindle Fire came out last November and immediately caught fire with consumers for a variety of reasons, including its $199 price and the already known Kindle e-reader brand. No other Android tablet is holding a candle to Apple’s iPad, which is the leading tablet being sold. Worldwide, the iPad is projected to account for 61.4 percent of tablet sales this year; Android tablets, 31.9 percent, says Gartner Research.
Until the Kindle Fire came out, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was the leading Android tablet; comScore notes how sales of the Galaxy Tab have declined since December, when it had 23.8 percent of Android tablets, and February, when its share dropped to 15.4 percent.
Motorola’s Xoom was in third place, going from 11.8 percent in December to 7 percent in February.
Tablet adoption by consumers “continues to climb as more devices
appealing to various price and feature preferences are introduced to the
market,” comScore said. One of the most important differentiators is screen size, with those tablets with bigger screens, not surprisingly, have more “page view consumption,” the firm said.
“Specifically, 10-inch tablets have a 39 percent
higher consumption rate than 7-inch tablets and a 58 percent higher rate
than 5-inch tablets.” (The Kindle Fire has a 7-inch screen; the iPad, 9.7 inches.)
And size makes a difference for good reasons, comScore said: ”With the emergence of a
growing number of smaller-sized tablet devices, advertisers and
publishers will need to understand whether these devices limit the
opportunity for advertising compared to their larger-screen
counterparts, or if they are able to build incremental reach and
engagement by presenting different use cases.”