06
Dec
xb

Reading long articles on the web can be a pain, but Pocket makes it easy to save and read content in its slick minimalist UI. This app has been great since it was redesigned (it used to be ReadItLater), and the most recent update makes things even better with the ability to share and tag content as you're saving it.

2013-12-06 05.28.35 2013-12-06 05.50.21

Now when you save a page to Pocket on Android, there will be a Quick Save popup at the bottom with a direct link to the app, a tag button, and a share button. If you want to add tags or share the link, that stuff comes up in a floating window rather than the full app just taking over the screen.

The update also included some improvements to video playback, but the Quick Save Actions are the main selling point. Although, Pocket isn't really selling anything – the app is free.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Wazzifer

    I wish feedly would bring this back in chrome, and add it to android. Ugh.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    s/cool/annoying/
    First thing I did was look for an option to turn this off. No such option. Sigh...

    • Paul Taylor

      There's always someone...

    • herbivoor

      Indeed, it's called Read it Later for Christ's sake, why would I want to open it in Pocket immediately?
      If I wanted to share it by Email, I would have clicked the Email icon in the share menu.

      • Mr. S

        According to their listing on the Play Store, they feel that the ability to tag it right away versus having to launch the app and tag the pocketed article is a very important feature.

        I don't see their user feedback, so I can't know how accurate that is.

        • Brian Koppe

          I can't speak for anyone else, but as a long time user of Pocket this is a feature I've been wanting for a couple years now. Tags are useless as an organizational tool if I can't tag items during the process of saving.

    • templeruins

      Should of course be optional but it is a good feature. Shame they also force you to share using their email

    • Squiddles

      If you're so inclined, and running 4.3+, you can turn off Pocket's "Draw on top" permission through AppOps.

  • dr

    Great, not only is it not optional, its placement also makes some apps more complicated to use (as it blocks access to the bottom of the app).

  • Adrian

    I hope there was more updates :)

  • Mado

    So how does Pocket make money? Selling our reading habits?

  • Mr. S

    I wish they (and others) would stop using the "Add to..." bullshit to put their app first in the sharing list.

    • nycebo

      Good point. Better yet would be an option in Android itself to specify which apps a user wants to share to. Or perhaps a manually created order.