Yesterday, Google added support for audio playlists and media controls to Google Currents. We thought this sounded like a pretty neat feature, and, hey! We're on Google Currents! So why not put two and two together? Today we updated our Currents edition to include a feed of our audio podcast and it's actually kind of beautiful. Take a look:

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It was possible to add audio before, but it wasn't quite this nice. The feed works on both phones and tablets. Just open up the Android Police edition, tap the drop down that will initially say "Articles", tap on "Podcast" and boom! A feed of every podcast episode. You can listen within the app itself or, if you leave, audio controls will pop up in the notification shade which automatically makes this easier to use than listening to music on Spotify (seriously guys, get it together).

We'll be back with our next episode tonight, Thursday at 8PM EST, right here. Once the edited version is uploaded by the long-suffering Bob Severns, it will show up in the app. So, have at it!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • efan

    well maybe i'll actually start using it now.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I'll have to stick with Beyondpod 'cause first off I listen to podcasts at 1.8x and secondly I need tasker controls for my podcasts.

    • amazingMic

      what do you do with tasker and beyondpod?

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        I use a combo of time and wifi/bluetooth connections to play podcasts and music. Sometimes I play music sometimes it's podcasts and it varies depending on if I"m in the car or if I'm at work etc...

  • mgamerz

    Does it download for offline listening?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Unfortunately, no. Just checked. As soon as I switched to airplane mode on my N10, I got a message saying "Audio is not supported offline."

      That kinda sucks a whole lot. Probably a huge hit to Currents' odds at becoming a decent podcast player. But it should at least be useful for people listening online.

      • Angel Penabad

        Well, offline listening might be added in a future like offline pictures on Currents' previous update.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          I hope so. It sure is a nice app so far. Better than I was expecting.

          • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

            That is until they decide not many people use it and discontinue it. I play around with all Google's new-ish apps. They are interesting and cool but if people don't catch on, I stop using it. I used Google Current and it was a nice app, but support was not great and I don't hear people using it a lot. If I were other people I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket.

          • Angel Penabad

            Well, if you check the last Editorial of Android Police you will see you are wrong about number of users. AP already has ten times more subscribers on Currents than Reader.
            Outside this 'geek world' of ours, people don't now what's RSS, they just know about newspapers and blogs, and if they can read all of them in one good looking app, better.

  • pubmk

    At $3.99 Pocket Casts is expensive but worth it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Would you mind sharing why? I think Currents is pretty basic and fills the need for the very casual podcast listener, but I bet a lot of folks here would like to know the benefits of a paid app instead. Does Pocket Casts come with offline support, for example?

      • efan

        yeah you can download episodes or stream them. customization of your feeds. what to keep and for how long. notifications and such. a lot of little features that add to the value.

        • Jason Stubbs

          You forgot to mention, video and audio support. variable speed playback (without an expensive plugin) and Multiple device sync. There are probably more, but those are my favorites.

        • http://twitter.com/JulioOsar JulioOsar

          just as Richard responded I'm amazed that any one able to get paid $8972 in 1 month on the network.

        • http://twitter.com/JulioOsar JulioOsar

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  • Sven L.

    I am using stitcher right now for that. Maybe I give it a try.

  • epsiblivion

    does currents allow adding regular podcast feeds to it as well (replacing Listen)? or does it have to be a currents feed with the audio added. that's pretty limiting...

  • Freak4Dell

    I've never used Currents, but is it possible that it's what Google wants people to use instead of Reader? It looks like it aggregates all the blogs and sites you want into one place, which is pretty much what Reader did, no? I know Reader was available for use on the computer, too, but at least this is something.

    I don't know...maybe I'm stretching, but anything that reduces the whining about Reader would be nice.