How I hacked around the Pocket app to cut down on my browser tabs.
I’ve been an app developer for a bit now and I had never published a side project app on my own. So I figured I’d change that! I wanted to solve a problem I had of opening too many tabs in my browser on my phone. Recently I was on a plane and had over 50 browser tabs that wouldn’t load in airplane mode and was frustrated that I hadn’t remember to save any of them to Pocket. I had a bad habit of opening links to read later but not saving them. How could I make it easier to save links to Pocket?
What I wanted was an app that could behave like a browser. I could open links from the Twitter, Facebook and Hacker News apps and then immediately share to the Pocket app. I disliked the current flow of saving links to Pocket:
- Click on a link in the Twitter app
- Wait for the Chrome app to pop up
- Click the option menu
- Hit the share button
- Wait for the share sheet to finally finish loading
- Look for...
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