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When you want to totally reinvent yourself, a new look is definitely a good place to start. If you really want to say "hey, this is a new me!" then a name change can convey that message pretty well. I guess Read It Later wasn't happy with where it was in the hard knock life of an app in the Google Play Store, because it recently went under the knife to get a totally new interface, new features, as well as a new name.

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What emerged this morning is the all new Read It Later, now called Pocket. Pocket offers everything that you've come to expect from Read It Later, along with new content filters, improved organization features, faster sync, and, of course, an all new interface.

Not only does Pocket improve upon Read It Later, but it also did away with the price. That's right - the $2.99 price tag of Read It Later is no more, as Pocket is one hundred percent free. Hit the widget to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cbeach Chris Beach

    how confusing, as there is already a neat little password manager with the name of Pocket! (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citc.wallet)

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I was thinking the same thing when I saw the name...Ironically it's great publicity for a password manager that's actually quite terrible (looks nice, but functionally the worst I've ever tested).

      • http://profiles.google.com/cbeach Chris Beach

        Oh? What would you recommend then?  Most I found where massively cumbersome (or involved signing up to yet another site) and overkill for what is essentially an encrypted db with a couple of tables.   The Windows app is a nice feature too.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          I've been using SafeWallet.  I'm not in love with it at all, it's not very attractive (actually one of the ugliest I've tried), it's not well thought out in terms of usability, and there's a lot of little complaints after that...but it has smarter field types (other than just plain text), syncs with Dropbox (inefficient and slightly buggy) and it's on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS (if that matters to you).  Obviously this isn't a recommendation per-say but at the time I had to make a choice and this was the best I had found.
          Truth is, I'm planning to either hunt for a new one soon or (more likely) write my own...If I write my own I'll release it, as I'm pretty confident I can write something more usable than 95% of the other options out there.

      • Michael.Freidgeim

        Pocket(RIL ) is the same. Nice looking and buggy. Much worse then previous RIL Pro version

    • Tee

      Bullseye! This is poor planning, nothing else. They shoul've done the one thing every newcomer is advised to do.

      To use the 'search' function, that is...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Piotr-Ingling/100000106050206 Piotr Ingling

    Ahem... Correct the widget as it still shows Read It Later Pro ($2.99) :-)

    • Charlie Trainum

      Widget pulls from AppBrain site.  Nothing to correct there until they update.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        Exactly.

    • Andrea Gatley

      Click on the Google Play icon, it will take you to the download link there.

  • omullins

    I didn't even realize this had just happened as I was combing through my free Amazon apps I never installed and figured I'd give it a shot.

    Side note, after installing from the Amazon app store, Google Play let me update it. Is that because it's a free app now? That was neat.

  • Pete

    I paid for read it later pro, bro...
    And now it's free....
    So what happens to those who paid?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      My guess is nothing, just keep enjoying the product. The money went to its  development. It's the same as a product going on sale - you don't just get money back when it does (with rare exceptions). Consider this a really-really good sale.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/NFYEPNXKSCLXMHXLMUW46FZOWU Kent

         More like a "$3 off" sale. LOL. I have $5 off coupon for the next time I buy razors for goodness sake.

        Do you guys really mind contributing to the development of a decent android app? I can't imagine how anyone can make money at all in the Android app space between the glut of free apps and the sense of entitlement among the user base.

        I'm looking for a new job right now and would love to do Android development as my vocation but it's hardly viable with this marketplace.

      • Pete

        I'll have to disagree, going on SALE is definitely NOT the same thing as FREE. I can understand if it went on sale but free whithout any xtra perks for those who supported their app when it was paid. Now, everyone is benefiting at the expense of those who paid. $2.99 does not make anyone poor and Im not asking for my money back, but today is Pocket tomorrow might be any other paid app.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          They wanted to change their business model and make the app free - how do you propose they do it instead?

          Think about it - if you throw in perks, like exclusive app features, nobody in the future who hasn't already paid would ever be able to get them, it just wouldn't make sense. They won't develop features that only some people could enjoy just for the sake of it, not when the whole app is free now.

    • Daniel McDermott

      My coffee every morning is more expensive than this app used to be.  Quit crying over 3 measly dollars!  As Artem said, you supported the developer by purchasing it, and now they were able to update it with new features and can safely give it away for free.  I don't see the issue.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I got RIL as part of the $0.10 christmas sale, and honestly I haven't even used it, so I care nothing about the actual money...but I also know some other things going on with this, and as a result I'm not really happy to see them doing this.  The company has gone the route of taking on major investment and is trying to build as large of a customer base as possible (thus the free price tag and relatively heavy advertising).  Ultimately, they are going to look for a way to monetize that large user base.  It's unclear at this stage if they plan to do it by selling ads, enhancements, services, additional apps, etc...but the day will come along that they need to start paying the bills.  When that happens, it's at a cost of convenience, quality, or something else to the user.  For people who have already paid real money to the developers, they will basically be getting double-tapped.  Imagine paying to remove the ads from an app and then 6 months later the ads are gone for everybody, then another 6 months go by and you start getting ads again without the option to remove them.  Again, to be clear, I'm not sure how they will be monetizing it, but I've heard there's about 10-12 employees in the company plus the investors...you can't run that on free, and as everybody loves to say it these days, if you're not charging the users for the product then the users are the product.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Now that is a reasonable take on the situation and a great explanation of why you're not happy about this. Thanks for taking the time, Cody, you're a rock star AP reader for a reason.

  • http://www.technostip.com/ Arun Singh

    change is good. make over of read it later is totally amazing and nice.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    The old free version is now gone, leaving this one on its own. No more confusion about what happens with 2 free versions.

  • moelsen8

    that's crap for anyone who bought it previously.  yes, you're supporting the development, blah blah.. but it's almost like you're being screwed over when they change an app to free and you've already shilled out for it.

    • http://www.miniphysics.com/ Mini Physics

      Precisely. I've bought it as well. But, that's life. :(

      • Jimross

        I guess this is why android has a reputation of people not wanting to pay for software.

    • msl007

       Its not like one has paid a bomb for the app & now its free! $2.99 does not make anyone poor.

      • moelsen8

        yeah, but it's like you support the developers by buying the app.  but then by making it free it's like they're not supporting you at that point.  they should throw some kind of bone to those who bought the original app, at least.

        • MACC

          Yes, I believe it's common practice that when you buy a software/game which later on changes it's pricing scheme to f2p / f2use, you get additional features and perks that free users don't get (or at the very least a shiny badge on your profile or something, just to show they care).

  • http://twitter.com/jfgen Jorge Encarnação

    Will be trying it once I get home. I was a Read it later user for quite a while, but eventually changed for the likes of Spool and Readability, so now I'm curious about these guys response.

  • http://digitizor.com/ Ricky Laishram
    • xytherion

      there is already someone who is called ricky. I know 5

      • http://www.facebook.com/BkChandan Chandan Kumar

        ROFL

  • Lyn

    The way it stores an article's media offline is a simple feature that I've been having difficulty with in apps like Pulse, Currents, and Readability. For some reason, those three apps won't cache media properly on my phone, and most of the articles I like to read later on my phone are often image-heavy (art-related, game dev-related, etc). Sadly, I like Readability's interface and customization options more, so I still can't decide between these two.

  • Chris

    I want the 10 cents I paid for this back! Just kidding, it was an extremely useful app prior to the ICS browser

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Олег-Цой/100002515142603 Олег Цой

    thankgod i got it as FAOTD

    • http://twitter.com/cabbott9 Christopher Abbott

      Yup!

  • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

    Is it Free-Free, or Free-With-Ads?

  • Annoyed

    It's buggy, it won't save to offline viewing all my articles require wireless or connectivity. CRAP job guys

  • Annoyed

    It's buggy, it won't save to offline viewing all my articles require wireless or connectivity. CRAP job guys

  • Apion007

    It's with a price previously and now it's FREE SO YOU DON'T NEED TO PAY ANYMORE WHEN YOU LOST IT AND RE-DOWNLOADED IT AND YOUR SON AND YOUR DAUGHTER AND YOUR NEPHEW AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN DON'T NEED TO PAID FOR IT COZ IT'S FREEE SO GET ALONG WITH IT YOU STUPID WHINER WITH SHALLOW MINDED!!!