Readability was one of the first victims of Apple's anticompetitive iOS app subscription rules. Now they're back with what I have been calling a quasi-app. It's an app that can be "installed" on your iPhone home screen like any other but is really a souped-up web site. Addressing one of my primary concerns, they note:
Full offline support. All your articles are synced down to your phone for reading without Internet access. When you’re off the grid, keep using Readability as usual and all of your actions – starring, archiving – sync up automatically once you’re back online.
-Readability blog, March 9, 2011
I'm not a Readability user so I'll reserve judgement and post links on assessments of the new web-based app as they come in. Stay tuned.
MG Seigler at Techcrunch notes one critical feature of HTML5-based apps. They "run" on other mobile platforms:
And as you can see in the image above, thanks to HTML5, it will work on a lot more than just Apple devices. Because Apple rejected them, Android is getting some love too. “It’s an update and a statement of sorts,” co-founder Richard Ziade says.
-Techcrunch, March 9, 2011