One of our favorite podcatchers gets even better

As you might have noticed, we're kind of big on podcasts here. And when it comes to podcatchers, Pocket Casts is always among our recommendations. Today, Pocket Casts has hit version 4.5, and with it comes a host of new features.

Perhaps most important is that Pocket Casts now supports Chromecast. Just tap the Chromecast icon to stream to any connected TV. (And if you haven't yet experienced the sultry sounds of Jerry Hildenbrand over a proper home entertainment system, prepare to be amazed.) Album art is displayed on screen and does a great imitation of a screen saver (much like Google Play Music), so you won't have to worry about burn-in.

There's also a new "Up Next" playlist, so you can see what's coming up next without any real effort. And more important is that it's easy to rearrange content, and easily skip between items.

Pocket Casts Colourful Awesomeness

Up next is what developer Shifty Jelly is calling "Colourful Awesomeness," which it says "automatically detects colours from the artwork and brightens the interface in subtle, but powerful ways." Basically it makes our Lloyd — and the other Mobile Nations shows — look better than ever. (Yes, it works on other podcasts, too.)

And finally, look for an improved user interface that ties in quite nicely with where Google with with Android 4.4 KitKat. What was good is now even better. Plus, you'll find a host of other little tweaks. We've been using v4.5 for a little while now, and it's a damned fine upgrade, and well worth the $3.99 if you've been waiting to give it a shot.

And one more plug: If you've yet to do so, please be sure to subscribe to the Android Central Podcast feed on Pocket Casts — or by any other means necessary. You can find the direct feed here.

 

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Pocket Casts 4.5 adds Chromecast support

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Okay just upgraded to 4.5 and can't see the Chromecast icon when playing back a podcast.
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Like all Chromecast-enabled apps, you don't see the icon unless you're on a network where a Chromecast is available.

Great update. I subscribe to so many podcasts and they are better organized now. Can't wait to try it out with the chromecast.

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I've been using Podkicker Pro for the past few years, and I still enjoy it.

Pocket Casts is my new podcast app. The UI is good, and Chromecast support is a nice bonus.

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This is my favorite app. I use it the most. Google should buy this team. They make lovely apps. Well they would mess it up if they bought them but I wish I could get that weather app for the US.

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Yep, I wish we had that weather app they have for Australia for the rest of the world. Back to Pocket casts, awesome update, I don't use Chromecast myself, but the UI update is sweet, although I'm no fan of the new app icon, I don't understand why they decided not to keep it flat.

I've been using this app through 2 UI changes.
Great work guys.

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I agree, I'd love to see the weather app in the US. Also noticed a sleep timer in this update. If it was there before, I never saw it. I absolutely love this app.

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May be best to just catch them on YouTube for that. Since they moved to Hangouts, they likely felt, like we do, that it's not worth the extra work to put the video out there again since it's already on YouTube.

We do not have either of our podcasts on iTunes or other video hosts, just specific playlist on YouTube for each show that people can subscribe to.

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The way the text shifts to reflect the color scheme is pretty snazzy. It's not perfect - the TWiT podcast's icon is very blue, but the text is green - but it's better than nothing. Nice score in being so heavily featured in the video, AC!

I noticed they removed playback settings area. I used to use that to set amount of time to skip in the widget and to make sure it played over notifications. We need that back.
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The playback section is still there in settings. Just hidden on my note 2. I have reported the issue to developer. Does anyone else have this issue?

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I don't pay for apps very often, but I did pay the $3.99 for Pocket Casts. I do enjoy podcasts, of all kind.

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Because, you can pirate them for free! DUH!!

/s

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I've used pocketcasts ever since they offered it free on Amazon for their app of the day, and bought it on the android market after the devs stopped supporting it. Haven't looked back and have loved every update, and even use their iOS version as well. Great devs!

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Same here. I wanted to support them after they were shafted by Amazon. It's turned into one of my most-used apps.

ironically, the only reason i've even heard of android central is because of pocketcasts reccomending them

Works well and enjoying having more and more apps with Chromecast capability. For me though the Android Central video cast latest episode is from last August. Audio is bang up to date though.

Have a feeling this is going to be a good week for Chromecast here in the UK too, so all good. :)

The interface is much cleaner than BeyondPod, I like the sync feature so that I can stay in the same spot on a podcast between my phone and tablet. Also there's a quick skip ahead and back that u just need to tap on either the right or left of the screen, you can adjust the time to skip we well, so for example you can tap once and skip 30 seconds forward, or adjust that to 45 seconds or whatever.

Finally the price, pocketcasts for full features cost $4, BeyondPod is a bit pricey at over $7

I actually prefer BeyondPod. Pocket Casts is a much more attractive app but I find that BeyondPod has better functionality. I purchased both over the last 2 or 3 years and keep both installed so I can check out new updates, but BeyondPod is the one I always go back to.

Agreed. That was a nice addition to an already fantastic podcast application. It's nice to see them keeping pace with the operating system changes and technology that it brings.

Yep, can't find the playback settings. Had mine set to always play landscape full screen on video podcasts, now it doesn't. Also when you hit the back button when playing a video, it goes to audio only. Never used to do that. Can't figure out why they don't test stuff and release with bugs. Each new version we have to struggle.

Same here. Plus, videos don't play as a playlist anymore. It goes back to the episode list after each video. There's also a pretty long delay between pressing play and the video actually starting.

That's odd. I don't generally watch video podcasts, but my audio podcasts seem to start playing just a bit faster with the new version.

I love the new ui.... But for some reason I can't get pocketcasts to see my chromecast. I've force stopped, rebooted, reinstalled. All my other cast enabled apps are working fine, but the chromecast button is not appearing in pocket casts as per their release video.

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Try rebooting your Chromecast. I have two of them and one wasn't showing up for Pocket Casts. I rebooted the Chromecast and it showed up.

Unplugged the Chromecast and plugged it back in and that did it. Thanks for the advice man.

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Too many bugs and changes I hate. Uninstalled and went back to Doggcatcher. Couldn't care less about Chromecast support but would like video preferences and auto play features back. And now when you hit the back button with a video playing, the audio keeps playing. What fun.

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I think they're trying to squash some bugs.

I'm seeing podcasts stop in the middle of playback and then just disappear from my device as if they never existed. Hope they get that sorted soon. I like the app but find it currently not usable.

I've had that happen on the pre-4.5 version, too. I suspect it's some kind of network connection loss that causes it. Hopefully they can get that sorted, cause it can get pretty annoying when it happens while I'm on the road and I can't go "find" the podcast I was listening to.

podcast addict added chromecast support a few releases ago, I recommend it, the free version is not a crippled eval, and it's a small cost to pay to get rid of adverts.