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Fans of "read later" services Pocket and Readability will be overjoyed to hear that both services have made some big announcements this week, including the debut of a "smarter" Pocket for iPhone and iPad now available.
Pocket announced Wednesday that its free, universal iOS app has hit version 5.0 with the promise of a "smarter, more dynamic" read later service complete with streamlined navigation and search.
Available now for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and coming November 20 to Android devices, Pocket 5.0 introduces Highlights, a feature which intelligently gathers already saved content and presents them in a new way, sorted by Best Of, Trending, Long Reads and Short Reads.
But that's not all: Pocket now adapts to and learns from your specific interests, then uses Highlights as a way to discover content that might otherwise be forgotten. The update also offers more streamlined navigation, while Pocket Preferences uses the topics, sites and authors you save most in other apps such as Zite and Hack Later.
Pocket isn't the only read later service in the spotlight this week -- Readability also had some of its own announcements Wednesday with the debut of Recommendations, a new method for sharing articles with others and allowing them to do the same.
Readability.com is also receiving a long overdue makeover which now utilizes the same Hoefler & Frere-Jones fonts used on the company's mobile apps -- and yes, the existing iPhone and iPad app will soon be updated with Recommendations and "a boatload of other great things," but there's no word on exactly when that will arrive.
In the meantime, the new Readability.com is rolling out gradually to existing users, but those eager to try Recommendations can send a tweet to be bumped to the top of the list; full details are on the website.
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