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Read It Later is Now Known as “Pocket” and Free Across All Platforms


The popular Read It Later app for Android and other platforms has undergone a full name change and UI overhaul today, turning into what is now known as Pocket. For those not familiar, think of Pocket as the service you should use if say you were in the middle of reading an article this morning before you took off to work, but wanted to finish it from your phone or tablet at lunch. Simply add it to your Pocket account with the touch of a button (Chrome browser extension) and pull it up later through the Pocket app. It’s one of those apps that you can’t live without, once you make it a part of your life. We are a busy species.

On the UI front, the app is much more minimal, clean and fast. Your articles should load faster, navigating is simpler, and organizing is easier. Is it just me or did they totally kang the Google Play theme? Maybe they meant to.

Along with the name and UI changes, the app has also become free across all platforms. Previously, there was a free and paid version, but those days are a thing of the past.

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  • jdrch

    Or you can just use tab/bookmark/history desktop to mobile syncing in Firefox or Chrome

  • Inquizitor

    My ten cents down the drain!

  • mikesuds

    I’d never used ReadItLater before but had it installed and meant to look into it. This gave me a little bit of a reason, as I liked the look of the app in the update screenshot. Nice app! I for one like the name. “A
    “poque” was a small bag people would carry with them to store items
    on their person. When tailors put little spaces on pants to do the same thing,
    they were called little poques, or pouqettes, which became anglicized as
    pockets.” fun fact.

  • pubasnacks77

    I prefer Readability

  • I already use an App called Pocket… it’s a password manager that syncs with Dropbox. Hmmm…


    (Incidentally, the app I help develop, Boid, got an update a few days back which adds a Holo Light theme) /shamelessplug

    • This. (Incidentally, the blog I write features Holo apps, soon to include Boid as well as this new “Pocket” app that follows the Android design guidelines beautifully), if someone is bored you can check it out at holoeverywhere.com

    • How about you add “remember spot in timeline” as a feature for Boid so I can try use the app. 🙂

  • eddieonofre