Don’t Freak Out, But Mozilla Just Bought Pocket
Pocket has been one of the best read it later services for years, so much so that we have included it in our picks of apps that you must have on your Android phone, today, the Mozilla Foundation announced that the well loved Read it later service has been acquired.
The company announced the news on its blog and said that the acquisition was strategic and the foundation aims to provide existing Pocket Users more powerful tools to discover and read quality content. The financial terms are not disclosed, though.
However, the Mozilla Foundation will not kill pocket. Instead, the Pocket will work an independent and wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla, and it will continue to provide its 10 million users with offline available reading.
“We believe that the discovery and accessibility of high quality web content is key to keeping the internet healthy by fighting against the rising tide of centralization and walled gardens. Pocket provides people with the tools they need to engage with and share content on their own terms, independent of hardware platform or content silo, for a safer, more empowered and independent online experience,” Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO
-Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO
This is not the first time Mozilla is shown working with Pocket, in 2015, Mozilla integrated the Pocket service to its Firefox web browser. And with that Pocket is currently available on The Web, iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari, and Windows.
The CEO of Pocket wrote in a blog:”They’re adding fuel to our rocketship. We have worked closely with Mozilla as we partnered with their Firefox team, and established a deep trust with their team and vision. They have extraordinary resources, global scale, and reach to put Pocket in more places, and help us build an even better product, faster.”