- Posted by Johanna on January 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
This was announced last month, but with the holidays, I didn’t have time to write about it — and I wanted to, since I use an Android phone instead of an iPhone/iPad/iTouch/iWhatever.
The Comics by comiXology Android app has been released in beta for devices at version 2.1 or higher. Just search for “comics” in the Market. Says CEO David Steinberger, “Our enthusiastic community has been asking us for an Android app and it’s with great pleasure that we bring it to them in time for the holidays. … Now, more people who want to read a comic will have the opportunity to do so, when and where they want, while giving our content partners another major distribution outlet.”
Unless you’re Marvel. All other comics are available across platforms — buy it on the web, read it on your handheld through the same account. But Marvel’s online comics are only available for the iOS versions. There are over 36 other publishers available, though, and DC is prominently mentioned in the release as supporting this new platform.
Although the announcement promotes the existence of over 300 free comics, I found that the vast majority of them are “special 10-page previews” or other limited releases, not full issues. Vendors sure want me to buy — but I’m an Android user, I rarely pay for software. :) If you do want to purchase, you’re sent to PayPal, another detriment to me. I don’t trust their service; I would rather use the Google Checkout that is used for downloaded Android apps, or even have the charges put on my phone bill, as T-Mobile allows.
I liked that I was given a “how to use the app” comic to read before my first comic — it helped me understand the special views and options to pick. I liked how it demonstrated what I could do as well as showing how different sized panels were treated by the application. It did take me a bit to get used to the app zooming from panel to panel for me, so I’m glad I started with previews of comics I’d already read, since that familiarity was a help.