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Pocket, in an update to celebrate the one year anniversary of Read It Later's rebrand, has introduced (among other things) Send to Friend, a new feature that allows for quick, easy sharing of content with friends. Users can accept shared content directly from the Pocket app, using the app's new Inbox. Those sharing can also highlight quotes or add their own comments before sharing, sending them along for friends to read.


What's great about Pocket's Send to Friend is that users can share content with anyone via email without ever leaving the app. While a relatively small feature, it makes the Pocket experience all the more seamless. The app also pays attention to which apps you've most recently used, offering them up first in the refined "share" dialog.


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Besides Send to Friend, Pocket's latest update has refined syncing that will work with multiple devices, automatic full screen viewing in Article and Web Views, and – of course – bug fixes.

If you're not already a fan of Pocket, try it out. The app is not only beautiful, but extremely helpful in saving articles you'll want to read later. Hit the widget below to grab Pocket 4.5.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Laurence

    Awesome! I've wanted this forever! I always find myself having to share articles in Pocket by sending links in WhatsApp, which is just inelegant - especially given how Instapaper has had this sort of social functionality for ages. I'm so glad this has finally been added.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBBRgameplays TheBBRcast

    Great news! Pocket is one of my favourite apps! : D I wish they could add some kind of "folders" so I could group articles (now my list is 5 pages long T-T )

    • Melissa Peterson

      Couldn't the tags work just as effectively, since you can you then choose to look at each tag individually just like with folders.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBBRgameplays TheBBRcast

        Sadly, tags don't work for me... Pocket has replaced bookmarks for me in my browser because it is easier and faster to add sth,.. However I would like to group them in folders f.eg. by topics : ) And folders are much faster to operate than tags (don't have to type tag name ; ) heheh)

  • PalmerAdam

    I can't believe its only been a year! I've been using this since day one. Feels like years ago

    • ragflan

      I think they mean 'Pocket', the new rebranded name, that's been around for a year. Read It Later itself has been around much longer.

  • Sqube

    I love them a little bit for the Zombo reference. Also, this is easily in the top five of most-used apps on my phone. Just brilliant.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      hah that's actually a screenshot from my N10 :)

  • Drew DeNardo

    My inner tinfoil-hat-guy cringes when apps want to read my contact list. If I want to share I use Android's built-in share feature.

    My biggest feature-wish for Android is optional / "prompt-when-needed" permissions. When an app wants to do something you get an OS prompt asking you if the app is allowed to (in this case) read contacts. You can say "Always, Once, Not This Time, or Never". If the permission was configured as optional the developer would have to deal with the case where the user says "no".