Pocket for Android brings text-to-speech with new ‘Listen’ feature

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Using the Pocket app on an Android device? If that happens to be the case, you may want to fire up Google Play and grab the recently released update. This latest has brought the app up to version 4.2 and with the new version number comes a new feature along with some updates and fixes. It also comes with word that this new feature will be Android only, but more on that in a moment. Lets first discuss the new feature. Pocket for Android now has a feature called Listen. In short, Listen will allow you to, well, listen to your saved articles. This uses the text-to-speech functionality from Android, which is also why iOS users will not be getting Listen (iOS doesn’t offer a text-to-speech API). Otherwise, as for those remaining updates and fixes, they break down as follows;


  • Manage Site Subscription feature now working on all versions of Android.
  • Improved full-screen animation in Reader.
  • No longer shortening URL when Viewing in Browser, sharing to Evernote, or copying to clipboard.
  • Minor UI updates.


  • ZTE Blade crash when opening an article.
  • Blank help screen on Jelly Bean.
  • After long pressing a link in the Reader and selecting “Read Later,” archiving/favoriting and other actions would occur on the new link instead of the currently opened link.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Via [Pocket Blog] and [Google Play]

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