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Pocket has announced version 5.0, a raft of new changes which makes their service even better. They are designed to stop interesting content from being buried and forgotten about, as you add even more every day. The iPhone and iPad apps are out now, while the Android version will be out on November 20th.

Design and aesthetics is everything – an app has to look good and feel good to make people want to use it. Especially if you have hundreds of unread articles to get through. Thankfully, Pocket really does look great.

The first and probably the most important new development is a feature called Highlights. The articles in your list are analysed, and if any of them fall into one of the following 4 categories, then they are labelled with that category, which makes them easy to filter out. Each category has a colourful badge which makes it easy for these articles to stand out from the crowd.

  • Best Of – the best articles and videos in your list.
  • Trending – the most popular articles being saved in Pocket.
  • Long Reads – when you have a lot of time to spare, such as a long journey.
  • Quick Reads – for when you have only a few minutes to spare, such as a doctor’s waiting room.

Highlights gets better as you use it more and it learns from you what you like to read and what you skip over.

Pocket has also streamlined the navigation of their page to make it easier to move to certain categories such as the archive. The tiles are bigger, and you can also Bulk Edit a whole batch of articles at once.

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Last but not least, Pocket is also introducing Preferences, which takes the sites and authors you like the most, and “connects them” to other apps.

Source: Pocket Blog

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