As of this week, the mobile app Read It Later is now called Pocket, has a new user interface and a new price — free. Pocket, developed in 2007, is a cross platform app that integrates with hundreds of reader apps and browsers allowing users to save articles, photos and videos for later reading and viewing.
Pocket boast over 4.5 million users and integrates with over 300 mobile apps including Flipboard, Twitter, and Zite app. It’s available for download on platforms including iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android. Pocket is a service for bookmarking articles and other online content you want to consume later on your supporting device.
The new UI is lean and visually-oriented, but it also offers options for browsing and consuming content. Articles can be arranged in a linear or non-linear presentation, and can be read in read-only format, stripped of surrounding content.
You can also enlarge text, favorite and archive content, and share it on traditional social networking sites, as well as Delicious, Evernote, and Pinboard. It also integrates with apps like OmniFocus, Things, Twitter for iPhone, and Twittelator Pro.
Content can be viewed by type–articles, videos or just images. However, the reader lacks the useful hand gesture navigation features found in Zite, Flipboard, and Pulse. Thus it’s a little cumbersome to tap on the top-left arrow that takes you back to the main index page where you choose the next article you want to read.
Despite this missing feature, Pocket is an essential tool for heavy online readers.