When social network Path released its Android app following the successful debut on the iPhone, barely anyone paid notice. But when Instagram went Android, it spurred lots of controversy. Even Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller stopped using the app because it “jumped the shark” when it went to Android.

The debate over iPhone exclusives going Android really heated up with yesterday’s announcement of Instapaper of Android, Marco Arment’s read-later program which became a huge success on the iOS platform.

Should Apple work harder to secure iOS exclusives, which have been around in the console business for ages? Or perhaps this is nothing to get worked up about? Cast your vote now…

Granted, there’s more to life than bragging rights over software exclusives but us geeks are a peculiar bunch.

So, how do you feel about iPhone exclusives going Android?

Cast your vote now and meet us in comments.

The release of Instapaper for Android has agitated a few spirits out there.

For some people, going Android can only be a good thing for the mobile apps ecosystem at large.

Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop congratulated Marco “on broadening the market for an app I use everyday on iOS and my Mac”.

Instapaper for Android isn’t as pretty as its iOS counerpart, but integrates with Android’s Share menu so you can save articles directly to Instapaper from within any app.

Instapaper for iPad is eye-candy, though a bookmarklet is needed to save articles from a browser. 

Likewise, former iDB writer Alex Heath opined on his personal blog that it was a smart move on Arment’s part.

Apple fanboys are probably giving Marco a lot of hate over expanding to Android, but I say kudos. It means more users and more money. Smart move.

Interestingly enough, even some folks in the Android community dissed Instapaper for Android over Arment’s comments in an interview with The Verge from three weeks ago, when he argued “Android is not in my world”.

Arment, who enlisted the talents of Tumblr app developer Mobelux to write the Android version of Instapaper, also said recently:

I’m selling a $5 app, on iOS that’s pretty expensive, on Android that’s probably impossible.

Unlike the vast majority of free Android software offerings, Instapaper costs three bucks a pop over at Google’s Play Store.

The above comment didn’t earn Arment respect of some members of the Android community.

Vincent Messina wrote in his critique of Arment’s move published over at Cult of Android under the headline “Why I Won’t Be Buying The Instapaper App For Android”:

I’m sorry Marco, you have burnt your bridges with the majority of Android users (myself included) and at this point, you are too late to the Android platform you so distastefully loath.

Your competition was smarter than you and embraced the fastest growing, largest mobile OS around and have already laid their foundation. Their apps are better, offer more features, and yes… are cheaper.

Though Instapaper for Android lacks the polish of its iOS counterpart, it has a major advantage stemming from the architecture of Google’s operating system: the app installs an option in the system-wide sharing menu available in other apps for easy saving of articles and other content to Instapaper.

There are those who fear that iPhone losing exclusivity on top apps boosts the appeal of the Android platform.

Apple pundit John Gruber remarked over at his Daring Fireball blog that “we’re going to have a good time later this week enjoying this morsel of Eric Schmidt claim chowder, but while developers aren’t going Android-first, fewer are going iOS-only.”


We’re all for competition, of course.

  • Kok Hean

    Couldn’t care less, a lot of my friends are using Android devices as well, they are always disappointed when they can’t find a game that I was playing on the Google Play store. Why not?

  • hey it’s nice to share. Apple doesn’t own the copyrights 🙂

  • Anonymous

    No. Don’t care.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t believe the majority think apple should influence the choices of developers. That’s not right.

    • KewlDewd

      It may have been a majority an hour ago, but now only 29% feel that way. Still not right, though.

      • its not really the majority…they have one choice vs 3 against. the 3 against is there in order to make it look as if the first choice is the majority of people. just make a poll more fair by putting only 2 choices. also, first choice is usually the one that the maker of the polls is for.

  • Anonymous

    How does it in any way bother me if other platforms get an app that I already have??? Seems selfish and u really have to be a stupid fanboy to care if it’s not apple exclusive

  • Anonymous

    People who think that developers of instagram and so on should only stay with apple are naive or just plain stupid. Most businessmen and developers need money to continue doing their job and staying with only one option isn’t always the way to get wealthy.

  • Anonymous

    I dont’t care what OS has what apps either. Exclusity is bad publicity for users on other OS’s and bad for competition.

    I actually kind of agree with the insulted Android community on this one. While Instapaper has been iOS only for all this time, Android has had ‘Read it Later’ for ages (which then become the awesome Pocket app on all platforms). Not only is Pocket Free, but it has more functionality, and a fresher, newer UI + plugins for Chrome and Firefox on the desktop.

    I honestly can’t understand why anyone would buy Instapaper any more for either iOS or Android. It’s had it’s day.

  • Romain Alberich

    People should use pocket. It’s WAY BETTER.

  • Anonymous

    No I dont only the fanboy that wrote this article cares

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad when I see great apps go to the Android, and Windows mobile platforms. I think it’s silly, petty even to want great app exclusives for iOS only. I think other platforms should have them as well.

  • Aric Bolf

    Getting worked up over something I cannot control would be childish.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t mind. They always work better for iOS anyway, so who cares? Plus the devs have the right to get their product out to whoever they can.