Starting today, Graphic.ly becomes the latest digital comics service to launch an app for Android devices. With about 2,000 comics from 150 publishers, Graphic.ly is one of the smaller digital distributors, but they are the only distributor of Marvel comics on the Android platform, and their lineup also includes Archaia, Archie, Boom! Studios, IDW, and Top Cow. Last week, Graphic.ly announced that beginning in April, they will be carrying Archie comics on the same day they are released in print.
The Android app, which is free, includes a full storefront so users can buy comics via their Android phones, and they can also sync their Android app with their Graphic.ly account on other platforms, so you can, for instance, buy a comic via their web app and read it on your Android phone. In the official press release, Graphic.ly CEO Micah Baldwin says “This application is only the beginning of the expansion of our relationship with Google, which began as a launch partner with the Chrome Application Store.” That opens up some interesting horizons, as Apple begins to enforce its iTunes restrictions and publishers start to wonder about alternatives. With its web and Air apps (which allow you to buy comics through their own store) and now the Android app, Graphic.ly is definitely diversifying.
Until recently, Android users haven’t had many comics to choose from. Robot Comics has been publishing comics as single apps for Android phones for the past few years, but for a long time they had the platform to themselves. ComiXology announced an Android app in December, and Graphic.ly is only the second multi-comics app to make the leap to the Android.
Full press release and more screenshots after the jump.
GRAPHIC.LY RELEASES DIGITAL COMICS APPLICATION FOR ANDROID ALLOWING USERS TO READ, BUY AND ENGAGE WITH MORE THAN 150 PUBLISHERS
More than 2,000 Digital Comics Now Available on Android, including Marvel Comics, Top Cow, Archaia and many indie publishers
Boulder, CO (February 22, 2011) – Looking for digital comics from the world’s leading publishers on an Android powered phone or device? Look no further, because today Graphic.ly opens their library of more than 2,000 comics to the 22 Million people worldwide using Android phones or tablets with the release of their Digital Comics application for Google’s mobile platform.
This milestone release marks Graphicly’s first entry to the growing and exciting Android marketplace and makes the more than 150 publishers currently available on Graphic.ly’s other applications available to a whole new audience. Publishers available include Marvel Comics (which is only distributed on Android via Graphic.ly), Archaia Entertainment, Archie Comics and BOOM! Studios and many others in offering a wide range of comics and graphic novels to the Android community.
“Like our community, we are firm believers in the explosion of the Android market” said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphic.ly. “Being the first to provide Marvel Comics on the Android platform is a perfect example of that belief. This application is only the beginning of the expansion of our relationship with Google, which began as a launch partner with the Chrome Application Store.”
The new application features a full storefront from which users can purchase comics, as well as the ability to sync with their current Graphic.ly comics library (containing comics purchased from Graphic.ly’s desktop, Web or iOS apps), giving users ultimate freedom to read their comics anywhere on any device. To optimize reading for the handheld devices’ form factor, the application will support ‘Graphic.ly View’ (a panel-by-panel reading experience) as well as full-page and pinch-to-zoom modes. Further, comic books can be both streamed and downloaded to users’ phones to ensure reading regardless of users’ connectivity. In addition to buying and reading comics, the Graphic.ly community is connected through a vibrant social stream, allowing for users to share their activities with friends and find what books are most popular.
Graphic.ly Comics for Android is compatible with devices running version 2.1 and higher and is available for download in the Android Marketplace and at http://graphicly.com/