A few days ago, podcatcher Pocket Casts got itself a nice overhaul. The update brought a new UI, tablet support, a ton of new features... everything that one could ask for in a podcatcher. Well, almost everything.

It was missing a widget.

A widget! Every player, reader, and nearly everything else in the entire world has a widget. Needless to say, users were a little bit upset. Nay, they were quite upset. After all, if you don't want to open the app to control it, a widget is basically requisite. I mean, if you don't like notification or lockscreen controls, that is.


Look at it, all widget-y and stuff.

Today, Pocket Casts was updated again. Guess what? The widget is back. So now you can have controls on your homescreen, in the app, in the notification bar, and on the lockscreen. Pausing has never been easier.

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    I think this was addressed, but here are all the ways you can control it without the widget:

    1. Lock screen controls.

    2. The app itself.

    3. Headset controls.

    4. Notification bar controls.

    I get the feeling that a widget *really* isn't a heart breaker, at least for anyone on 4.0+.

    • invinciblegod

      Of course the this was important for people on Gingerbread (the largest proportion still I believe).

    • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

      1) If you use a lock-screen
      2) Which requires opening the app
      3) Who has headset controls?
      4) The notification bar only allows you to skip forward 30 seconds and stop playback.

  • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

    Have they fixed the part where it randomly decides not to continue playing items on your playlist beyond the current file?

    Or the part where it doesn't remove anything from your playlist, even if the file is deleted by PC when it downloads a new ep, causing playback to stop or extra data to download?

    Really, this has been a massive step backward. There is literally not a single "improvement" I've noticed. The new version is completely unusable in my car, because I can't fire up the tablet on the interstate and start fumbling around with app controls after it randomly decides it doesn't want to finish playing my playlist.

  • Alvin Brinson

    Sadly, I have it on Amazon (free app of the day deal) and they stopped updating the Amazon version of Pocket Casts some time ago... because apparently they hate supporting free customers.

  • atlouiedog

    I've tried just about every podcast app out there that's free or has a trial and been disappointed in some way with all of them. I'd resisted Pocket Casts so far because I couldn't try it out (with podcasts the 15 minute or more complicated weeklong refund may not be enough). I finally bit the bullet and got it last night and so far it has every feature I want, one that I didn't realize I wanted but now love, and some that I look forward to trying out in the future. So far I'm really happy with this one. I wish I'd bought it sooner.

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    I still prefer OneCast. :)