According to Pocket Casts, the practically 4 month beta that any consumer might be a part of was “crucial,” given the “thousands of Android phones each with different configurations.”
We additionally needed to assemble as a lot suggestions as we might and make modifications the place required. We dedicated to leaving it in beta till we ironed out all of the identified bugs and glued usability points.
The finish result’s a “vast increase in quality and stability before launch.” Pocket Casts 7 includes a Material Theme that was briefly shown off at Google I/O 2018. A backside bar replaces the navigation drawer for fast entry to Podcasts, Filters, Discover, and Profile. Now Playing controls are docked simply above it with a redesigned participant that gives faster entry to your queue, instruments, and present notes.
In the Podcasts tab, customers can customise the grid density or default to a listing view, with model 7 doing a greater job at surfacing varied choices for badges, format, and sorting. Light, darkish, and additional darkish themes are additionally out there in Apperance settings.
Episode lists will be aware what’s already downloaded and if an episode is on the Up Next queue, which now syncs throughout units. Swiping presents handy Play Next and Play Last shortcuts, whereas podcasters can now tag reveals.
When viewing a present itemizing, Pocket Casts 7 introduces the idea of archiving to handle episodes. It permits customers to maintain podcasts they wish to return to, however already performed. It additionally comes as now you can play an episode with out subscribing to the present.
Meanwhile, the brand new “Discover” tab displays the joint possession by NPR, WNYC Studios, and WBEZ / This American Life. The app options each human and algorithmic choices to ship suggestions by area.
Pocket Casts 7 on Android can also be accompanied by an internet and iOS revamp. The app nonetheless prices $3.99 with the free replace out there now for all customers via the Play Store.