Pocket (www.getpocket.com) is a popular service used by many to save online articles for later reading. The service works through web browser plugins or by manually saving article links into an online repository and organizing them by category. Later, users can pull up those articles when they have a free moment. Although Windows Phone does not have an official Pocket app, it does have some great clients including Pouch.
Today, Pouch 3.0 is live in the Store, and it is worth the download, especially if you are on Windows Phone 8.1. Let's take a look at what is new.
- New design
- New backend with a much cleaner experience (much fewer bugs than the previous version)
- Greatly improved offline cache
- New app logo
- Pouch can now read articles aloud even if you leave the app
- Swipe left/right to go to previous/next article
In short, Pouch 3.0 is a whole new experience. The design is still very clean, and it should appeal to those who are fans of the Modern design. Users can now swipe left to right between articles, change the font, read the article aloud (even when away from the app), view images and, of course, share the article.
The new Pouch logo is also pretty adorable, as it changes the face depending on the status of the article in Pocket. For those who like a dark background, you can simply change between light and dark under Settings.
I have been running Pouch 3.0 for the last few days as part of the beta, and I like the performance improvement on Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Everything is fast, fluid, and it makes reading my offline articles a breeze. If you are already a user of Pouch, go grab the 3.0 update that is now live. If you have not tried it, make sure you sign up for Pocket (free) and download Pouch to give a spin.
- Download Pouch 3.0 for Windows Phone 8; $1.99 with a free trial