A new update to Pocket for Android is rolling out in the Play Store and it brings a long requested feature to the read it later app. Now when you look at your list of articles you have saved, you will see an estimated reading or viewing time for that article.
For those who aren’t familiar with Pocket, it is an app that allows you to save content to read later. It is aimed to simplified your life by having one repository for your content so you are not having to create a bunch of bookmarks.
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The popular save it for later app, Pocket, has a new update rolling out to Android users. The update, version 22.214.171.124 for those keeping score at home, brings the ability to have articles read to you while you are on the go.
For those that aren’t familiar with Pocket, it is an app and service that allows you to save an article or other find on the web for viewing or reading later. There are apps for Android, iOS and plug-ins for popular browsers like Chrome. It is a great way to save and share articles of interest.
The new text-to-speech feature works great. Once you have an article open in the app you want read to you, go to the menu (three vertical dots) and tap on “Listen (TTS)”. The app will automatically start reading the article to you. The voices used by the app are a little robotic but not to the point of distracting and the app supports playback in the background too. If you are playing it in the background, the ability to play/pause the reading is available to you in the notification shade.
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