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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?


Read It Later is one our favourite content-saving tools, and this week it received a complete overhaul bringing a new name, UI, feature set and price tag (it’s now free!) to the table. But has its rebirth set it ahead of its competitors?

There was a time when the market for ‘read it later’ apps was scarce, but now there’s plenty of competition, with clients such as Readability and Papermill providing similar services. The main reason for its saturation was the speed at which the demand for this type of service took off – some of you are probably reading this article through a ‘read it later’ client now!


Over a year ago, I discovered the joys and versatility of Read It Later. I was working a 9am to 8pm shift and I needed a way to catch on my reading during the breaks, that would sync with my main computer and work offline if possible. Read It Later instantly rose to the challenge thanks to a lovely Firefox extension with Google Reader integration, a simple interface, and an iOS version for my iPod Touch. Needless to say, I was waiting anxiously for the Android version of the app to come — and now that it’s here, I, along with many other fans of the service, can finally rejoice.