Android: Instapaper fans on Android have a little more reason to celebrate today: an official Instapaper app is available now at Google Play. The Instapaper for Android app looks and operates much like its iOS cousin, and brings all of the mobile features you would want to Android devices, including your saved articles, the ability to share articles right from your device, and all of the reading and customisation options you could possibly need.
Despite Instapaper creator Marco Arment’s long-stated claim that an Android app wasn’t on his radar, he let the folks who developed the Tumblr app for Android build this gem for him. Once you’ve downloaded and logged in, your saved articles are right there waiting for you. Articles are available text-only or with images, and you have all of the font and spacing options you need to customise your reading experience so it’s right for you.
You can flip the reading mode from black text on white background to white text on a dark background, although iOS’s “Sepia mode” is unavailable, as is the ability to see completely full-screen articles: you’ll always have the notification bar at the top. The “Web” suggestion area is also missing, as are “Friends” and featured articles. This means you can access and read your Instapaper articles, but finding and adding new ones is a no-go.
Still, all of these features are easy enough to add later, and Instapaper fits in nicely with Android’s built-in sharing menu, so adding new articles as you read them is a snap.
Instapaper for Android will set you back $3.07 at Google Play. It may be official, but it’s not the only option — if you’d prefer an alternative, check out previously mentioned Papermill ($3.70) for Android, or Instafetch, which is available for free.