It’s been an insane few weeks here at Readability HQ between the release of Readability for iOS on March 1 and release of Readability for Android on Monday. The avalanche of activity that came our way made us feel a little like this guy. But don’t get us wrong, the wild ride has been welcome.
From the start, we wanted the apps to be drop-dead gorgeous. And today we’re proud to announce that right on time for the new iPads, Readability has been updated and is available in the App Store in hi-res, retina-display-ready glory. If you’re on the fence about grabbing a new iPad, firing up Readability with its gorgeous typography and elegant interactions on the new iPad may well push you over the edge. We hate to say this in a blog post, but you really have to see it live.
Of course, Readability still works inside of a host of apps, including an amazing integration with the newly updated hi-res version of the Reeder app. And Readability renders perfectly well on all the previous generations of iPhones and iPads as well. If you already have the Readability app, don’t forget to upgrade. If you don’t, well you definitely don’t have an excuse now. It’s free and ready to go on the App Store.
TL;DR: Readability for Android is live. Go get it!
As we’ve evolved from being crouched over our laptops to carrying full-fledged computers in our pockets, the reading experience has become increasingly mobile and flexible. We want to be a able to read — comfortably — whenever and wherever we are.
You can’t talk about mobile without recognizing the rise of the Android platform. We’re proud to announce the availability of Readability for Android devices and tablets. It’s a free Android app that scales beautifully to the Android device of your choice, large or small. It sports the same elegant get-out-of-the-way interface and gorgeous H&FJ typography that made Readability for iOS such a big hit.
The response to Readability for iOS blew us away. It was a long time coming, but we couldn’t have asked for a better reception. We’ve got some great improvements coming so if you own an iPhone or iPad, by all means go get it.
Readability at its core is a service and platform. Our goal is to make reading great on any platform, device or app, including our own. In that same spirit we’re thrilled to announce that Readability for Android devices will be available on Monday, March 12.
We went to great lengths to bring the same polished, content-centric experience in iOS to Android devices. It sports the same beautiful typography by Hoefler & Frere-Jones and even scales up nicely to handle larger Android devices like the Kindle Fire.
We’re convinced that Readability for Android will stand tall among Android apps. It’s a level of polish rarely seen on the platform and we can’t wait to get it into your hands on Monday.
Readability’s roots are in the browser. We started as a bookmarklet back in 2009; our browser add-ons have been installed millions of times since then and remain one of the most popular aspects of our service.
But for all our success on Chrome and Firefox and IE, mobile and tablet browsers have remained tricky. You can install the Readability bookmarklets on your iPhone or iPad, but it’s cludgy, making browsing using Readability on iOS pretty rough…until now.
The newest version of iCab Mobile—a replacement web browser for iOS—brings the entire Readability feature set into your browsing experience.
You can read now, read later and access your Readability Reading List right inside the iCab browser. You can even sign up to Readability from within the app. It’s a great way to deeply integrate Readability into your web browsing experience on iOS.
iCab Mobile is yet another great example of how Readability can help enrich apps and services anywhere. It works on both your iPhone and iPad and is available on iTunes. We highly recommend it.
After a few twists and a few turns, Readability for iOS — a free app for both your iPhone and iPad — is now available. We know a lot of you have been waiting for this. We couldn’t be more excited to deliver it. Readability for iOS is the product of a collaboration between the Readability team and the talented designers and builders at Teehan+Lax. It also sports beautiful typography from none other than Hoefler & Frere-Jones.
We wanted to create something that makes it as easy as possible to queue up and take web articles anywhere you go on your iPhone or iPad. Our guiding principle was simple: get out of the reader’s way. We hope you like it.
It’s been awhile but we’re finally here. Next week Readability for iOS will debut on the iTunes App Store. It’s a universal app that will work on both your iPhone and iPad. It’s free and will be available March 1.
The primary motivation behind the app is simplicity. We didn’t want to cake on features and above all else we didn’t want to get in the way of the reading experience.
The app is the product of a collaboration between the Readability team and the talented and generally awesome folks at Teehan+Lax. We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
While we’re incredibly excited to get the flagship apps out into the world, we’re equally proud of the tremendous developer interest in Readability. You can see the fruits of that work to date on our Apps page. We continue to be fully committed to empowering other apps and services with the Readability tool set. If you’ve got ideas or are itching to build atop or alongside Readability, by all means get in touch.
It must seem like every post on this blog these days is about yet another implementation of Readability. And while we’ve got a lot more to say about reading and the platform in general, we’ll admit we get pretty giddy when we see others bring Readability to life inside their apps and services—especially integration as thorough as in The Early Edition 2 for the iPad.
The Early Edition delivers an elegant, newspaper-like experience across various topics of your choosing. Find an article you want to read and a quick swipe up brings up the Readability shoebox. You can access your entire Readability list, favorites and archives right from within the app.
The experience of opening and reading links via Twitter on your mobile phone is less than ideal. Web pages just aren’t designed to handle all the shapes and sizes of devices you’re reading on—or at least they weren’t. Today that changes.
We’re thrilled to announce a partnership with one of the most beautifully designed Twitter clients out there: Tweetbot for iPhone. Now, when you open a shared link from within Tweetbot, with one flip of the switch you can transform the page into a clean, Readability-powered reading view.
Of course, you can also send articles to your Readability Reading List from within Tweetbot and many other Twitter clients, but with the Readability mobile view, the Tweetbot reading experience just got a whole lot better.
This integration highlights yet another way that Readability is enhancing the reading experience, whether it’s on your browser or on your device. If you’re building an app or service that could take advantage of Readability’s powerful parser and mobilizer capabilities, we’d love to hear from you.
Today we’re announcing a partnership with one of the most popular news-reading apps out there: Pulse. Pulse transforms your favorite websites into a colorful, interactive mosaic and has led the way on iOS and Android since the day it launched. We’re thrilled to be working with their fantastic team to bring the full power of Readability to the Pulse experience.
So, starting now, you can add your Readability Reading List to your Pulse page:
It’s a simple way to catch up on your queue without having to leave the Pulse app. And once you’ve added Readability, starring an article inside Pulse will automatically add it to your Readability Reading List. Now you can scan the best content on the web and save interesting stuff for later, all in one place. Finally, as part of our collaboration, Pulse has adopted Readability’s world-class parser to enhance the reading experience for all of their millions of users.
Making our reading lists available wherever people read is just one of the ways we’re transforming Readability from a service to a platform. We relish the chance to work with incredible teams like the one behind Pulse, so if you’re doing interesting things that could benefit from an integrated reading list or a top-notch parser, get in touch. And keep posted for lots of big announcements to come.