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With Marco Arment’s recent announcement of his sale of a majority stake in Instapaper to Betaworks, his work on the app is worth returning to with an eye towards where it is now and where it will be in the future.

For a long time, Instapaper was crippled on the Android platform in comparison to its iOS counterpart. As a matter of fact, we took a look at the app’s many problems in July 2012, and found that its biggest struggle was for feature parity. However,¬†Android developer Mobelux has recently caught up to the iOS feature list, but does that make the app worth getting or is it still inferior compared to contenders like Pocket and Readability?


Instapaper, the bookmarking app for iOS devices, launched an Android version a few months back. With similar read-it-later apps in the Play Store, this app seemed to be a worthy competitor… or so I assumed.

The actual experience, unfortunately, is not what I expected from a best-selling, highly reviewed, paid app. Here are three reasons why Instapaper for Android is not that great – at least not right now.