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Pocket for Android gets "True Black" theme and other improvements

June 15, 2012

Even though the popular Instapaper launched recently on Android for $2.99, Pocket (formerly named Read It Later), has been available for quite a long time on Android, and it has been free. The maker of Instapaper for Android, Marco Arment didn’t think Android was worth his time, unless someone decided to make the app for him, and split the money 50-50. It looks like he’s finally found someone to do that, but Pocket team is not going to sit idle and wait for Instapaper to take any users from them, even if they are starting way behind and it costs money to get it

The new Pocket app has been updated recently to include a “true” dark theme, as well as other UI improvements to help your reading, and some bug fixes:

New Settings:

  • True black option in Dark theme
  • Page Flipping On/Off
  • Rotation Lock On/Off

Reading Improvements:

  • Single toolbar allows for easier access to options without having to scroll
  • New Delete option in menu
  • Copy Link option after long pressing a link


  • Resolved issues with the HTC Flyer and Evo View
  • Smaller tablets now have the proper layout
  • Improved Page Flipping detection
  • Several crashes and bugs related to syncing, UI and more

So what’s this True Black theme all about anyway? It’s an option you can enable that helps users with AMOLED screens to save battery life. Before you could only get a darker grey as background for articles, but now you get true black, which should turn off most of the pixels on the screen, and thus save battery life on AMOLED displays. Pocket offers a good experience and great functionality for free, so why don’t you give it a try if you like saving your articles to read later!