February 27, 2013 10:09 am
Looking for a podcasts app that aligns with your Holo design guideline sensibilities? After more than six months of development, Australian software house Shifty Jelly has released Pocket Casts 4.0, a complete visual and feature overhaul of the popular app.
The redesign comes after an interesting statement from the developers; they sell five times more Android versions than on iOS, likely because the competition is so much higher (and there is no first-party solution on Android like there is on iOS). It’s one of the first stories we’ve heard about a developer choosing to release an app on Android first, knowing it will earn more money.
Like many other redesigned Android apps, Pocket Casts utilizes a horizontal swipe navigation scheme alongside a left slide-out menu for quickly changing between categories. You can control your own feeds or use the extensive Discover section to find new content; the curated lists are populated based on category, and show off most of the best fare available.
Playback has been dramatically improved, too. You can adjust the rate of play, or skip forward or back just by tapping the right or left side of the screen. The player is fully headset control capable, which a nice bonus, and works nicely on the Android 4.0+ lock screen.
Pocket Casts for Android is a great update — free for existing users, natch — and a steal at $4.19CDN. It beats the competition like DoggCatcher and BeyondPod in many ways, including price, and is definitely worth checking out.
Download Pocket Casts for Android.
Via: Shifty Jelly