Custom URI Associations for Pouch for Windows Phone

I have received requests from users of Pouch for Windows Phone to be able to save a link to Pouch (Pocket/Read It Later) from other apps. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t allow me to integrate my app into Windows Phone’s share menu, so I can’t receive links that way.

That’s where custom URI associations come in. If you are unfamiliar with them, they basically allow one app to open another app and pass simple information along to the opened app. (Read more about it here)

In the next version of Pouch (to be released soon), I have added a custom URI Scheme so other developers can integrate Pouch (Pocket/Read it Later) in their apps without having to create a custom implementation.

Developers can use the following URI to launch Pouch to save an article to Pocket:

Pouch:Add?Url=InsertUrlHere

For example, to save a link to Pocket, an app could launch the URI with the following line of code:

Await Windows.System.Launcher.LaunchUriAsync(New Uri(" ")

That’s it! Pouch will add the link and show a preview page of the article that looks like this:

Screenshot 1

From here the user can either hit the back button to return to your app, or by using the app bar, they can continue on to Pouch to view their articles

Screenshot 2

Thanks and good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on twitter @SonofNun or via email at pouchapp@outlook.com

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