Facebook announced that Android users can finally now read its Instant Articles. In October, everyone using the iPhone app became able to read thousands of them from the News Feed on a daily basis, and now Android users can do the same.
Beyond loading quickly, Instant Articles offer publishers some other interesting functionality such as autoplay videos that begin as readers scroll, the ability to zoom in on photos while tilting the phone, the ability to like and comment on individual photos and videos in a story, geo-tagged images, and swipable photo galleries.
Facebook has been beta testing Instant Articles for Android with with a small group for a few weeks. According to the company, people are already sharing Instant Articles more often than standard web articles.
"More than 350 publications around the world have already joined the Instant Articles program to date, and more than 100 are already publishing daily — with more joining each day," says Facebook. "We’re thrilled to collaborate with our partners in each of these regions, and we will continue to advance the product based on their feedback."
Here in the U.S., the following publications are currently utilizing Instant Articles: ABC News, Billboard, Billy Penn, Bleacher Report, Breitbart, Brit + Co, Business Insider, Bustle, BuzzFeed, CBS News, CBS Sports, Citylab, CNET, CNN, CNNMoney, ComicBook.Com, Complex, Conservative Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Cracked, Daily Dot, E! News, Elite Daily, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, Fish Wrapper, Fox Deportes, Fox News, Fox News Insider, Fox News Magazine, Fox Sports, FTW, Fusion, Gawker, Gawker Media, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Hello Giggles, Hollywood Life, The Huffington Post, Independent Journal, In Touch, Life&Style, LittleThings.com, Mashable, Men’s Health, Mental Floss, Mic, mindbodygreen, MLB, Mother Jones, MoviePilot, MTV, National Geographic, NBA, NBC News, New York, NPR, New York Post, Opposing Views, Paper Magazine, Patch, Perez Hilton, PopSugar, Rare, Raw Story, Refinery29, Rolling Stone, Scary Mommy, Serial Podcast, Seventeen, Slate, SPIN, TechCrunch, Telemundo, The Atlantic, The Blaze, The Dodo, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, The Onion, The Verge, The Washington Post, The Weather Channel, Time Inc., TMZ, Univision, UPROXX, Upworthy, Us Weekly, USA Today, Variety, VICE, Vox, Wall Street Journal, and 12Tomatoes.
You can see publications in other countries here.
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