The audio book app Audible for Windows Phone has received a major update, it’s first since 2013 (the same year it was released) and it brings a whole host of new features, fixes and improvements. If you remember, I told you about the Audible for Windows Phone Beta that has been going on these past few weeks and I even encouraged users to try it as it was so much better than the current “shipping” version of the Audible app. That beta is now rolled up into the official app and everyone will benefit from it. The update, version 188.8.131.52 for those keeping score at home, is available now in the Windows Phone store.
The Release Notes for this latest update to Audible for Windows Phone is long but it gives you an idea of just how substantial this update is for the app.
- Bug fixes
- Improved stability
- Personalized recommendations
- View similar titles by the same author, narrator and next in series
- Rate and review titles from the app
- Play audio samples in the app
- Hands-free support
- Storage card support
In addition to this, the .23 part of the update addressed an issue with low memory devices meaning that the Audible for Windows Phone app should run just fine on your 512MB device such as a Lumia 635.
For me, the biggest improvements of the beta and now this updated version of Audible can be found in the playback of books which starts when you actually tap the start button…. instead of 30 seconds later. Also, the storage card support is a big one for me personally as I try to shove as much as possible to my storage card in my Lumia 1320.
While the Audible for Windows Phone app is free, you will need an Audible account to use it. Audible monthly subscriptions start at $14.95 per month and that entitles you to purchase books but also gives you one free book of your choice per month. The $22.95 per month plan gives you two free books of your choice per month as well as a 20% discount on titles when you buy them. For more information, visit the Audible website.