Wednesday, 31 July 2013

App Spotlight, Episode 4 - Pocket

Many of us nowadays get information from the world wide web. Be it educational information, entertainment gossip, political scandals, sports news, editorials or opinion articles, or even some new recipes we want to try, the internet is probably the most informative and knowledge-laden place in the world. But with so much information at our disposal, we often times find ourselves unable to consume all this information at any particular time. We may browse our favourite news aggregator or RSS feeds for interesting stories across various fields, but we may not have time to read all of them at that time. We could be preparing to go to work or school. We might only have a few minutes in the train. Or even while stuck in a jam. We could of course try to remember those articles we want to read and find them again later when we have some time to spare, but how reliable can our memory actually be in these situations? Thankfully for us, Pocket is an app that does all the remembering for us.

As the name suggests, Pocket acts as a digital pocket for all our online articles, videos, and images we wish to view later. It's exactly like a real-life pocket where we temporarily keep something until we need it again. Pocket stores all the content we wish to view later in one place, eliminating the need to browse our history or go to various websites and look for them again. What makes it so convenient is that Pocket works across multiple devices; smartphones, tablets as well as your laptop or desktop. So you can browse on your laptop in the morning, save an article to your Pocket account, and read it on your phone on the way to work. Or you could be browsing on your phone while in the train, save something in your Pocket to be read later in the day on your laptop. The service is also cross-platform so it'll work with iOS devices, Android devices, as well as many popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Once articles are saved, they will be accessible even when offline.
Saved articles are trimmed of access fat like ads and hyperlinks, leaving only the main text.
Another great selling point for Pocket is that it is extremely simple to use. All you need to do is install the app on your device(s), register an account, and you're good to go! Saving content to Pocket on Android is as simple as tapping the share icon, and selecting "Add to Pocket". I haven't personally used Pocket on iOS, but looking at the tutorial, it's not as easy as on Android. But still, the service is there. Moving on to browsers, just install the Pocket extension/add-on, and it'll be seamlessly integrated into your browser so you can save articles with just one click (or two). 
Saving to Pocket on Android is just a few taps away... is on a web browser.
The app and service are free to use, and if you find yourself with more articles to read or videos to watch than time on your hands, you should give Pocket a try.