The popular multi-platform podcast app Pocket Casts has been acquired by a consortium of podcast producers today, providing the Australian company more resources to accelerate innovation. The four companies that bought Shift Jelly, the company behind the app, consists of WNYC, NPR, WBEZ and This American Life.
In a post on the company’s blog, the company explains that nothing in the short term will change but the backing of the new owners will allow them to more rapidly iterate the app. It will remain a paid app and will remain available on both Android, iOS and the web.
Continue reading “Popular Podcast App Pocket Casts By Podcast Consortium Including NPR”
The awesome podcast app Pocket Casts has a new update rolling out that Android Oreo users are going to love. The update, version 6.4 for those keeping score at home, brings a plethora of updates, many aimed at users who have the latest version of Oreo on their devices.
The biggest Oreo feature in this update is the support for Picture-in-Picture. Now you can start a video podcast in the app, tap your Home button and the video will be minimized to your Home screen. There you can keep watching while doing other things on your phone or tablet.
Additionally, support for Adaptive icons and Notification channels, both Oreo features, are supported in this latest update.
If you don’t have Oreo just yet, there are still plenty of things to love about this update. Battery and Background improvements have been made to the app as well as improved image loading and other general performance fixes. Show notes are now updated too when they are updated by the podcast’s author.
Continue reading “Pocket Casts Adds PIP Support in Latest Update”
Pocket Casts, one of the most popular podcasts apps for Android, has had a series of small updates over the past couple of weeks. The latest update, version 6.2.3rd for those keeping score at home, brings a wide range of bug fixes to the app. The developer, Shifty Jelly, has fixed an issue with the widget for the app on the OnePlus 2, fixed the lock screen skip buttons on Android 4.4 phones and addressed an issue with the podcast artwork flashing. If you use Pocket Casts and have been impacted by one or more of these issues, this is the update you need to get from the Play Store.
Another issue that was addressed was double Chromecasting notifications. They have attempted to address this issue but in the release notes, Shifty Jelly indicates that it is still possible you will get the default Android notification. If you do, you can disable that in the settings on your phone or tablet.
Continue reading “Pocket Casts Update Brings Small Bug Fixes”
The outstanding (and my clear favorite) podcast app, Pocket Casts, has a major update rolling out in the Play Store today. The update, version 6.0 for those keeping score at home, brings support for key Android Nougat features as well as the ability to share your list of podcasts with others. As for the Nougat features, multi-window support is now in the app. Now you can view a video podcast on 1/2 of your device screen while working on something else in the other half. This is particularly handy if you are viewing an educational podcast and want to jot notes down in Keep for example.
Continue reading “Pocket Casts Gets A Major Update”
The podcast app Pocket Casts has received a healthy update this morning, bringing with it a host of bug fixes and other stability improvements. Pocket Casts is by far my favorite podcast app for Android with its ability to sync between my devices and generally good performance. The update, however, aims to improve that performance and stability. The updated build is 22.214.171.1244 for those keeping score at home and is available now in the Play Store.
Continue reading “Pocket Casts Sees A Big Performance Update”
The update to Pocket Casts, the multi-platform podcasts app, is an interesting one for Android users. While the update does bring a few new features, the developer of the app, Shifty Jelly, is pretty open about this update being more future focused than present focused. The update is build 5.4 for those keeping score at home and is rolling out to the Google Play Store now.
Continue reading “Pocket Casts Update Lays The Foundation For Android N Support”
Last week I reviewed the great podcast app Pocket Casts, an app that I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who is looking for a solid podcast app for the Android (or iOS or Windows Phone) devices. This week, as these things go, the developer of Pocket Casts, Shifty Jelly, has released a significant update to that app that brings a host of new features and improvements. Two of the big ones are time-based filters and support for Android Marshmallow data backup. The update is version 5.3 for those keeping score at home and it is available now in the Google Play Store.
“You can now filter episodes by time. In the filter settings page there is a new option called “Released in the last” which you can set to 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week etc. We have changed the episode filters new users will have and this update will also add them to your list of filters.” according to the release notes from Shifty Jelly. The best example of when to use this is if you have a lot of podcasts to listen to or watch and you only want to catch up on the last 2 or 3. It makes searching and sorting much easier.
Pocket Casts – $3.99 – Download Now
Continue reading “Pocket Casts Sees Big Update for Android Users”
Like many of you who are reading this, I spend a good portion of my day listening to podcasts. Whether it is news, information or simply a bit of relaxing fun, podcasts are a part of my routine that I would sorely miss if it were not there. The challenge is finding a podcast app that works across my devices yet gives me a lot of power to control when content is downloaded, when it is streamed and equally as important, when it is cleaned off my device after I’m done watching or listening. For me, Pocket Casts from Shifty Jelly is the go-to app.
Featuring a wealth of content, Pocket Casts works on my Android phones and tablets and allows me to synchronize my content so I can keep all of them up-to-date with my latest podcasts. I can listen or watch podcasts directly from within the app and when I am done, the app has an automatic clean up that deletes it from all of my devices so I’m not taking up storage space on content I’ve consumed. I have been using the app for about a month now and having tried many of the podcasts apps in the Google Play Store, this is the one that quickly became and continues to be the benchmark for such apps. At $3.99 for the Android version, it isn’t the cheapest podcast app available but I think it is one of the best and well worth the price.
Pocket Casts – $3.99 – Download Now
Continue reading “Review of Pocket Casts – The Standard for Podcast Apps”