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There are plenty of podcast apps on Android, but few are as pretty as Pocket Casts, and it's even better with the most recent update to v4.5. In addition to some UI tweaks, this version adds Chromecast support to the app. That's not even all – Pocket Casts has plenty more goodies in store.

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Here's the full list of changes from the Shifty Jelly blog.

  • Chromecast support: send your favourite podcasts straight to your TV with a single tap.
  • Up Next playlist: no need to wonder what’s playing next, flick right on the now playing screen and see. Re-arrange items to your heart’s content, and quickly skip between them too.
  • Colourful Awesomeness: podcast authors have some amazing artwork. The new Pocket Casts automatically detects colours from the artwork and brightens the interface in subtle, but powerful ways.
  • Modern Android Interface: When Pocket Casts 4 first came out, it was everything that was right about Android design. Since then Android has moved forward, and now so have we. See your podcasts in a whole new light.
  • Enhancements Galore: We’ve re-written so many parts of Pocket Casts to make it faster, more robust and better than ever before. There’s a million little details that have gone into this update and we can’t wait for you to experience them.

The combination of better playlist management and Chromecast support is probably going to be really killer for this app. To top it off, Pocket Casts looks great. It costs a few bucks, but it's one of the best podcast apps out there.

[Shifty Jelly Blog – Thanks, Steven Benner]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Derek Duncan

    Love this update. Still, waiting for multi-window support for Galaxy devices. Any app that lacks multi-window support is virtually missing out a ton on the number one selling Android devices of all time.

    • hurrpancakes

      Why are you waiting for multi-window on a podcast app? Video podcasts?

      • Derek Duncan

        Yes.

  • Alex

    I prefer the functionality of Beyondpod, but Pocket Casts looks so much nicer.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Pocketcast is definitely number one period.

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Plain and Simple?

  • Nathaniel Webb

    Other apps should take lessons from Pocketcasts on how to create a user interface. So awesome.

  • Matt

    Sweet... Working with ART now.

    • patrik

      I ran the previous version on ART as well, no problems.

  • Joshua Smith

    Just convinced me to switch, as a 3+ year DoggCatcher user.

  • Matthew Fry

    The PocketCast team seems so very enthusiastic about their application and the improvements they make to it. Pair that with the fact that it has worked (nearly) flawlessly ever since I bought it, and you have something pretty special.

  • Uncle_Rico

    NICE!

  • AOSPrevails

    I just wish there is a way to turn off syncing/checking for new podcast at night and turn it back on in the morning. As of right now Pocket Cast is my #1 wakelock problem at night.

    • codemonkey85

      You could just schedule refreshes to occur daily, couldn't you?

  • Julius Besser

    DoggCatcher has virtual podcasts, which lets me use DoggCatcher to playaudio book files. As soon as Pocket Casts gets that feature, I'm switching. Until then, stucking with DoggCatcher.

    • codemonkey85

      Not sure what you mean by "virtual podcasts", but if you want to play local files through the Pocket Casts app you totally can: http://www.shiftyjelly.com/support/pocketcasts#115

      • Julius Besser

        With DoggCatcher, you can set up a virtual podcast. You tell DC that every file that is put in a certain folder on your sd card should show up in the podcast. Then, you put your audio book in that folder. Next, you play that podcast and it goes through all the audio files.
        I don't know if Pocket Casts can replicate that. I tried clicking that link but it didn't work for me.

        • codemonkey85

          "In the place where you've told Pocket Casts to store your podcasts, there will be a 'custom_episodes' folder. Copy your audio/video files in here and the next time you open the app and refresh it, you'll find a Custom Episodes image in your podcast list, with all your episodes in it."

          • ClitorusAllsorts

            Why Doggcatcher is superior here is the custom episodes can be put in multiple folders. For example, I have 9 audio files. 3 per podcast. In Doggcatcher I make 3 folders, add them and they show up as 3 new feeds. In Pocketcasts it's all or nothing. All 9 would go in the one folder and they would all show up in one feed. Like Julius said, until they implement this feature its Doggcatcher all the way.

    • ddpacino

      Just email the devs.

    • jules

      For own audio files to play with Podcasts copy the file(s) to 'custom_episodes' folder in your pocket casts folder. In the app under podcasts you will see folder with your custom audio files and the play perfectly fine.

  • Wesley Da’Nomad

    Does it support video/vidcasts also? I would love some google cloud support and I don't think Doggcatcher will ever integrate it. Looking for other 'cast players that will save my playlist to the cloud so I can sync it with other devices.

    • codemonkey85

      It totally supports video podcasts.

      • MagicMiguel

        Too bad you can't play the videos at variable speeds though.

        • Nimer55

          You can download dice video player, and use that to play the video files... Not ideal, but not bad if you mostly listen to audio podcasts.

  • gspida

    The best!! I wish we could add youtube subscriptions into this app. Is this possible and I just didn't know about it?

  • LE Sacks

    I enjoy this so very much - as a key part of my mutation from iOS.
    But I still get random play stops b when the phone (Moto G) is in screen lock.. With NiLS running (which in also very find of). Just me? Anyone?
    Not bad enough to make me ditch the app... But

    • ddpacino

      Wish I could assist. Never had that happen. Does that happen with any other streaming app/player?

      • LE Sacks

        This is the only pod cast app I've tried and haven't used anything else really -I use tuned-in, but haven't used it enough with this phone to judge.
        I'm not having a go at Pocket Cast - this smells of feature interaction, to me. But it'd be nice to diagnose and get it fixed as, seems to me, these are two fist-class citizens of the android app world.... Of course I may be on the wrong track ... But I do get occasional unwanted stops.

    • jules

      Here Pocket Cats and all other media (& stream) apps no issues sleep mode. However in past sometimes option 'network battery saving mode when sleep' had to be switched changed. First look in settings of app. (Otherwise in Android settings, wifi, advanced).

      • LE Sacks

        I tried disabling
        Settings > WiFi > Advanced > Network Notifications
        And this seems to help... though I need to use it a bit more to really check...

    • Jordan Pt

      I've been having a similar issue, except on a new Nexus 5 running (Rooted) Stock 4.4.2. Can't figure out what causes it. Not happening in any other app. It dues on me even if I'm just in another app, also happens in sleep mode.

  • ddpacino

    Worth every freaking penny! One of my favorite Android apps, Period.

  • Lisamith

    I like Pocket Casts very much, but in my opinion the old icon with the transparency was better.

    • Jordan Pt

      I miss it already :(

  • jules

    Best podcast app period. Mainly because of sync between devices. But still no option to put feeds in self defined categories such as Sport, Tech, etc. Now all subscribtions all together is a mess

    • Jordan Pt

      You can make Smart Playlists for that.

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    Pocket Cast is so good, it almost seems like part of the Android built-in apps.

  • Roger Siegenthaler

    Just wondering if AP could do a segment on the best UI of music apps you guys have come across?, There's heaps of them out there but I don't really like the UI of any of the (Google Play Music included).