Pocket, which lets you save articles and videos to your devices to view later, is rolling out a redesign today with a new emphasis on listening to the items you save. The listen feature, which is powered by a new integration with Amazon’s Polly text-to-speech service, is intended to turn your article queue into “a personal podcast that you curate on your own,” CEO Nate Weiner says. It’s out today on iOS and Android. The company, which is owned by Mozilla, is also announcing its first Alexa skill. Add it to your Alexa-enabled device, and you’ll be able to access your Pocket articles wherever you have a smart speaker. The redesign represents the first major visual change to Pocket since 2012 when the company first rebranded from its original name Read It Later. It lowers the information density of the app in favor of more white space and slightly larger labels. I personally liked the denser version of Pocket, but the new look is likely to strike many users as a more relaxing place to read and watch. “It’s a dedicated, quiet place to read, reflect, and learn new things,” Weiner says. “That’s what people use it for. They save things they’re fascinated by, and to become better people. We take that responsibility really seriously to complete that loop,” Pocket users can be voracious readers, and they often save far more articles to the app than they will ever wind up reading. That prompted the company to take another look… [Read full story]
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