March 12, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
A Readability Android app? Yes please. The clever service built on the principle of “distraction-free reading” has made its way to Android, bringing with it the ability to quickly strip out the non-essential items in article or save a webpage to be viewed later. And it’s free.
Readability is a free app that can save a webpage in a format that focuses on text. Once an article is added to the reading list, most images, embedded videos, and advertisements are taken out so someone on a phone or tablet can read the text in a simpler format. Users can archive or delete items once they’ve been read, and a number of gestures make it easy to navigate the well-designed app.
I’ve been using Readability for the past few days and really taken to the app. I’m disappointed that the app doesn’t pick up all of the media available on some webpages, but that’s kind of the point. It tries to limit the amount of graphical content and instead put the focus back on the written word. Or typed word if you want to get technical, but you get the point. Anyone wanting the Readability Android app will have to head to the Amazon Appstore because Amazon has a one-week exclusive before Readability lands in Google Play. In the mean time, here’s a video review of the Readability Android app.