Apr 17 AT 10:50 AM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Read It Later is now Pocket, available on Google Play for free


Read It Later for Android was not enjoying the same success as the iOS version, but things might change after the service decided to rebrand their app as Pocket, redesign the user experience, and make the app free.

Pocket is one of a growing number of apps that allows users to save web pages and other content for reading later. Videos quickly became one of the most popular items that users were viewing later and the Pocket team wrote, “We soon realized that Read It Later was outgrowing its own name.”

I never used Read It Later, but I constantly save URLs to view later in Google Docs, so maybe I need to check it out. The new Pocket app is one of the best designed I have seen and it integrates with 300+ apps.

For original users of Read It Later, here is what’s new in this version:

  1. New name: Read It Later is now Pocket! Use your existing RIL username
  2. New Content Filter: Automatically filters content so that you can quickly switch between articles, videos and images.
  3. Clean and simplified viewing experience with fewer toolbars and a redesigned full-screen mode.
  4. Easier to Organize: Favorite, Tag, Archive, Delete and Bulk Edit
  5. Available on all major platforms, including Android, Kindle Fire, iOS and a powerful web app.
  6. Improved syncing, faster downloading, and more
If you want to give the service a try, grab it from the link below. After you try out the Pocket app, be sure to come back and let us know what you think in the comments below.


Via: Pocket Blog

Source: Pocket

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  • Stigy

    Giving it a shot since it is getting so much press today because of the update.

    Worst comes to worst I shall uninstall it, but I email myself links daily so this may be good so they don’t get lost in my email.

  • Reply

    This article have 3 screenshots from iPhone and 0 from Android. and that’s an Android blog. just sayin’.

    • Aaron

      What? That’s definitely a Samsung Android device. I think it’s a GSII.

      • Mirko

        Yeah…people do not even know how a phone look like ;)

  • Vance

    I think they could have cast a better spokeswoman for that commercial.
    I use evernote for a lot of what Pocket does, but not all of what pocket does… so I’m going to give it a try!

  • Miles Davis

    I have been a paid Read It Later user for months. It is my most-used, most-important, favorite app. Very clean, very very fast, and super, super reliable, no bugs, no force closes, no lag, EVER. Just took a quick tour of Pocket, it looks good. Mostly a cosmetic upgrade and re-branding, which is fine, though RIL was pretty clean to begin with.

    They did add one very important, overdue feature–full-screen mode. Very nice, and critical if you like to read in landscape (the fixed-height status bar takes up a much larger % of the screen in landscape). One nice feature they have had for a while is “volume-rocker scrolling”–every app that involves significant scrolling should have this one (credit to Dolphin Browser, I think, for being the pioneer).

    For near-perfection, there are 2 scrolling features they need to add. One is tap-to-scroll. AFAIK, only Kindle does that. Very nice for those of us who like to eat and read at the same time. Even better would be voice-activated scrolling.

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    I get “put it in your Pocket,” but it still seems like slightly weird branding to me.

  • Daniel

    I purchased RIL during the 10 billion downloads promo, but was somewhat disappointed with it – the article extractor was quite poor compared to Readability.com, and the web UI was lacking, to say the least. Pocket seems to be a nice UI upgrade on Android, but a very significant boost on desktop use. I’ll see if they have improved their article extractor, and it could be a great fit for me now.

    • Miles Davis

      Hi. Just curious–what did you find wrong with the article extractor? I find it good but not perfect–sometimes it only extracts part. Is there something better, such as Instapaper or Readability? I haven’t bothered trying either of them, because I bought and really like RIL/Pocket, but if someone said the article extractor were noticeably better, that would be a reason to give it a shot.

  • http://about.me/willfanguy AvantGuard

    RIL has been my go-to news reader since I got RIL Pro for free from the Amazon AOTD a few months ago. I use it every day on the Kindle Fire. I’ve tried Instapaper (no free Android app/service) and Readability (not so optimized for my Gingerbread-esque device), and they’re no better. I HIGHLY recommend Pocket for the read later text service thing.

  • spazby

    will try it

  • WlfHart

    Definitely give it another go.

  • Ben Gildenstein

    I really like the ICS styling on this app. It’s interesting that iOS apps now are being influenced by ICS design patterns…

  • Nathan D.

    Doesn’t default web browser does something similar. But a app that only does this feature is very nice thought.

  • mkstvns

    Hey guys,

    I made an Android version of the header image for this article – felt wrong to see an iPhone on this site, haha.

    Feel free to use it or not, crop it as you see fit, etc. Up to you, obviously!


    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Boom. +1.

  • KRS_Won

    What about those that bought Read It Later for $2.99?
    1-Isn’t there a password keeper called Pocket
    2-Read It Later was a better app name, let’s you know what it is.

  • Manu

    I love using RIL, savind articles to read later while on the train. I combine it with a rule in ‘ifthisthenthat’ so that when I mark a twit as favorite, RIL gets the articles from the link in the twit.