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Pocket client Pouch 3.0 is completely rewritten for Windows Phone 8.1 users

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.

Pouch 3.0

  • 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.

QR: Pouch

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

37 Comments
  • I just use Reading List. It works with Windows 8.1, Windows RT, and WP8.1. It is a very elegant service, is released by Microsoft, free of charge, and remains synched via your Microsoft account across devices.
  • Reading List is nice, but it doesn't have an offline cache feature. Pouch, after it downloads your articles, allows you to read your articles when you don't have an internet connection, which is important for some people.
  • Same here, if pocket don't want to provide their services to windows users I have no interest in their service.
  • It's provided by 3rd party devs. And trust me, you won't get a better experience with official apps.
  • hey man, now that you know what's in WP8.1 are you going to be making changes to Poki?
  • Poki 2 is almost done ;-)
  • Sweet! Looking forward to it!
  • I feel exactly the same way. I am collecting my own handy reference Reading List with all sorts of eclectic pages of information on everything from cooking and recipes through to astrophysics If there is no corresponding Windows 8 or RT app, then it is useless to me
  • This.
  • +1520
  • Ditto, MS reader does every thing i want.
  • I'd love to only use that but if I'm not on a Windows 8.1/Windows Phone device I can't access it. There should be a web interface like Pocket has.
  • I love reading list works great for me.
  • I've been using Owl Reader (which is a pocket client) for a while. I've tried them all and I find Owl to be the most stable and best reading experience.
  • Yes Owl Reader is the best Pocket client I've ever used. I have tried all of other Poki, Pouch, Squirrel etc but I still come back to Owl Reader.
  • Toss up between poki and owl for me. I like owls customization, but I stay with poki because it can read articles out loud. (also poki2 is on the way!)
  • Oh? Poki2? I'm a Poki fan too...
  • +1320
  • I stick with poki thanks
  • On mobile, Poki rocks. Love Pouch on my Surface though.
  • Been using Reading List... But have used Poki, which is nice but a bit slow. Haven't looked at Owl Reader, or this one. Just hate using two different apps that serve the same function.
  • None of the 3rd party clients has ability to save articles from the browsers and apps on wp, so what's the point? Purpose of pocket is save articles for reading later. But if ur primary device is wp handset, where do you save the stuff from?
  • Judy copy the webpage link and paste in the app. Or you have a bookmark that the app provides
  • If you are running Windows Phone 8.1, you can share directly from the browser to Pouch. They finally fixed that issue in Windows Phone 8.1.
  • I can do both of those things easily? Saving from a browser takes literally 3 second to set up and owl reader even has an extension that'll set up app sharing for you? (honestly sounds like you didn't even look to me.)
  • Wow, he really did his best to fuck up that logo, didn't he?
  • I like to the new logo, but to each his own, I guess.
  • I love the splash logo, I hate the MS Paint quality job he did with the other facial expressions. They look horrid.
  • I prefer Poki. :)
  • I've pretty much tried all the different Pocket apps, and used Pouch before. I use Poki now, but I love updates so I just downloaded Pouch again. Only used it a few minutes, but it seems quite laggy. It struggled to open a large article and then force closed. So.... Think I'll stick with Poki...
  • App is crashing whenever I use "read aloud". Anyone else?
  • Nice update. Hope his W8 app is updated soon.
  • Weird, is says it's a universal app, but I bought the app on my Surface a couple of months ago and it still wants me to pay to get it on mt phone... I thought with universal apps you only had to pay once...
  • That's what I thought too. I don't know why it's doing that. :(
  • Not crazy about the logo. But well. An update is welcome.
  • Thanks for the article and additive comments. We all have different requirements. (I don't use Reading List because I don't know if I can add articles from W7.) I put up a forum post linking to a public (editable) OneNote page that goes through numerous RSS and "read later" choices. I'm afraid I don't make it look simple to choose.
  • After the update, it doesn't sync, it's empty and just shows the progress dots forever. No progress bar or percentage or number of articles like it used to do. Something is wrong. Help please.