Pocket has been a long-time favorite app to save articles, websites, videos, and more to check out later. The service now competes with built-in features like Apple’s Reading List, and today Pocket is getting a major update with a focus on one-tap listening and a fresh coat of paint.
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Pocket rolled out a text-to-speech listening feature for its iOS app back in 2015, but today’s update brings a more refined experience and strong focus on listening. Today’s update moves the app to version 7.0, a major revision since Mozilla acquired Pocket last year.
As spotted by VentureBeat, the main focus of the new Pocket for iOS, Android, and web is a one-tap Listen Button, making it easy to consume your favorite content without having to look at your iPhone. Powered by Amazon’s Polly text-to-speech service, Pocket has added a “more human sounding” voice for a more pleasant experience.
VentureBeat notes how Pocket has put the Listen Button front and center in the app.
Additionally, the Listen button is now more prominently visible in both the article list area and within the individual article itself — before, you would have had to open the menu when in the article to access the Listen mode.
The update also brings a refreshed user interface with a simpler article view, a dark and sepia theme, and new fonts.
Pocket 7.0 is available for free on the App Store.