Adobe Reader Arrives for Android


So I just happened to notice Adobe Reader in the Android Market a few minutes ago, sitting there with less than 50 downloads!  What a sneaky little product release that was, Adobe.  This marks only the second title from the company, following last year’s Photoshop app.  The photo editing tool has seen over 250,000 downloads since launch so we fully expect Reader to hit that mark too.  A free official PDF client has long been asked for by fans.

Features listed in the market description include:

  • Open PDF files as email attachments and on the web
  • Interact with PDF files using advanced multi-touch gestures like Pinch zoom, Double tap Zoom, Flick scrolling & Panning
  • Reflow view fits the page contents to the screen for easy viewing

After spending a couple of minutes with the app, we’re already hoping to see support for opening locally stored PDF files.  We’d love to sideload our Watchmen comics to read back on a 4.3-inch EVO screen!

BE ADVISED: Reader needs the following in order to install and work properly – Android v 2.1 and above, 550 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM, and4.3 MB of available disk space


  1. Buggy as sin and slow for me on my N1 with Froyo. I double tap to zoom, it zooms in then crashes. The bundled viewer on the N1 is much faster.

  2. Agree with Rubbinz. Tested on a 580 page book – scrolling is a bit faster with the Adobe reader, but the files takes forever to load. Plus, the HTC PDF Reader (which actually contains Adobe Reader LE 2.5, as it says in the About screen) has an order of magnitude more options…

    Come on, Adobe! Hire one more person – you can do better than that. You've made PDF files part of our daily lives – now provide us with a decent PDF reader!

    And I want it to remember the last position when I reopen a file, please! I don't want to scroll 324 pages every time….

  3. So basically…. No G1 support, since the newer Magic/MyTouch has 256MB of RAM, and all G1s only have 192MB….