updated 09:35 pm EST, Fri March 9, 2012
Readability for Android near ready to go
Readability planned to go cross-platform quickly with word that its Android app would arrive March 12 at 11AM Eastern. The app, which will have strong parallels to the iOS version we tried, will have a one-week exclusive in the Amazon Appstore before it goes to Android Market. The deal is partly a nod to the Kindle reading heritage and to optimization of the app for the Kindle Fire.
The Android version is a feature-for-feature match to the iOS version, with interface tweaks to reflect Android. Its interface is built with Android 4.0 devices in mind, as controls are on the main screen rather than hidden in the menus reserved for Android 2.3 and earlier. The layout isn't exclusive to 4.0 and should still work on earlier devices.
Readability has sometimes been likened to Instapaper. While it does cache pages, part of its goal is to strip down and optimize web articles so they're better-suited to the smaller screen of a phone or tablet. Typography plays a heavy role and dynamically scales depending on the resolution of the device in question, along with letting readers fine-tune the fonts and sizes for themselves. [via The Verge]