Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later, underwent a major overhaul last month which introduced a brand new user interface, support for all major platforms, some significant improvements, and more. Since then, the free app has attracted over 2 million downloads, and today it gets its first update since gaining that new name.
With such a significant update just weeks ago, we weren’t expecting much from Pocket’s next release. But we must say we are pleasantly surprised. In addition to the usual big fixes and tweaks, Pocket 4.1 adds new themes, “page flipping,” increased font sizes, better support for URLs, and more.
The complete list of changes with this update includes:
Article View updates:
- Page Flipping mode: In addition to Pocket’s default scrolling option, you can now swipe left or right inside an article to enable Page Flipping and read one page at a time.
- Improved Dark theme and an all-new Sepia theme: We’ve made improvements to the Dark theme, and we’ve also added Sepia. With refined contrast and readability, these options make reading even more comfortable.
- Increased maximum font size: For those who prefer larger print, we’ve expanded Pocket’s font-size options so you can find the perfect fit for reading.
- Dark theme now runs throughout the app: Use Pocket comfortably at night, whether you’re in the Article View or browsing through your saved content.
- Add URLs from your clipboard: We’re making it even easier to save something for later: Pocket now automatically detects URLs that are copied to the clipboard so they can be added directly to Pocket.
- Support for additional video sites: Pocket’s in-app video streaming now supports popular sites including TED, Devour and Khan Academy.
- Fixed a case where items in the list would become untappable.
- Fixed a case where only part of a user’s list would load.
- Fixed a number of crashes at start-up and during usage.
Killian’s pro tip: The new “dark” theme is great for nighttime reading, significantly reducing your display’s brightness and making it much easier to read in the dark without burning your retinas.
The update is available to Pocket users with an iOS device immediately, and it will be available to those on Android “in just a couple days,” according to the Pocket blog.
What do you think of the Pocket 4.1 update?
[via Pocket Blog]