Ever since the launch of Android Wear 2.0 this February, Google's wearable platform has been in a relatively quiet and awkward state. Exciting hardware is tough to come by these days, and development on the software side of things is pretty quiet, too. However, amidst this silence, developer krisdb has created and launched the very first standalone podcast app for Android Wear – aptly named "Wear Casts." (Download here.)
Although you'll control the majority of Wear Casts through the Android Wear app, the companion phone app is used for adding podcasts to your watch by linking RSS URLs or manually importing OPML files.
Once you've got all of your favorite podcasts synced up, you'll be able to use Wear Casts on your Android Wear device to scroll through all of your shows, control playback, and see the descriptions for specific episodes.
Wear Casts can also be used to schedule regular syncing to download new episodes, create automatic playlists based on podcasts you've downloaded or ones that are in progress, and more.
The app is relatively simple, but even so, Android Wear users can now manage and listen to all of their favorite shows (like Android Central Weekly) without ever having to pick up their phone. Nice.
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Well, that might end my biggest gripe for android wear...and I why I left the platform. Samsung better take notice and get developers on board for Tizen because there is nothing for standalone podcasts. I even emailed pocketcasts about support for Tizen, and they were like...maybe. As recently as a few months ago, pocketcasts and google play podcasts could not be downloaded to android wear for standalone use. So, this app could be a win if it stands the test of time.
Yep, that's what we need for our watches. A podcast player to suck the battery dry in 2 hours instead of 16. Won't the podcasts just sound so lifelike on those giant speakers they put in watches (It's not like you would need a headphone jack or something, right?). Stand alone somehow means - needs phone companion app to do the most important thing, add podcasts. So far, EVERYTHING about this screams stupid as hell.
Hate to undercut your righteous anger but afaik one can connect Bluetooth headphones direct to the watch. If this means I can now mow the lawn with just my watch on and listen then this might be worth a look.
Yeah who wants to listen to podcasts on a watch. What's next, people wanting to listen to music or make and take calls on their watches too? Crazy right? 🙄
You DO know that these watches have bluetooth connections right? :-/
yeah, the whole point is standalone use with BT headphones while running, sitting on butt, whatever .
Actually sounds pretty great the way the function is described. I would suggest also allow manual management of downloads and queue from the phone app for we easily preparing for a listen, though maybe part of that is already there. May have to give it a try.
I"m firmly in the Podcasts app, which works well on Android Wear but only once you start playing on the phone first...once playing, then you can navigate your PodCasts feeds. But that said, I like what I see here. And the reason I've not gone to the more polished Tizen is because I think Android Wear has a chance to catch on some and draw developers.
I know I'm self promoting here, but this title is false as my standalone wear podcast app, NavCasts, has been available since October 14th. Here is the xda post with the date at the top: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android-wear/development/app-navcasts-w... Here is the link to try it out:
https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F... Please update, Thanks!
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