Pocket has rolled out a new update today for their Android app with better support for late model smartphones as well as new support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Pocket for Android now features new ways for readers to control the Listen text-to-speech feature.
Late last year Pocket added Listen, a new feature which allowed users to have the app read aloud the articles they had saved in Pocket. Naturally this doesn’t help with videos and images that a use might save, but this does offer a useful way for users to catch up on their reading list.
The app will now let you control playback from the lock screen and notification tray on some Android devices as well as the buttons on some headphones and other accessories. These new options all require a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or above, and the notification tray option is only available on devices running Android 4.2 (or later).
These new Listen controls will also be available on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. That $300 smartphone accessory just hit UK and US store shelves this week along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So far as I know that is the only smartphone compatible with the Galaxy Gear, but Samsung does plan to update other models with support for this wrist-born smartphone accessory.
P.S. Yes, I know that many are calling the Galaxy Gear a smartwatch but since it is dumber than the 2010 iPod Nano I prefer to describe it as smartphone accessory.