Our very favourite podcasting app, Pocket Casts is being updated to version 4.5 in Google Play as we speak. The new version brings about a number of improvements but it’s the Chromecast feature that we’ve all been anticipating ever since they first announced it.
Chromecasting from Pocket Casts is delightfully easy to use; load up a podcast while connected to the same network as your Chromecast and the icon appears just like in any other Chromecast enabled App. Simply tap it, select your Chromecast and off you go.
There has also been a massive improvement to the way that Pocket Casts handles re-ordering podcasts. Options to re-order podcasts from the now playing screen makes it a snap to queue up a favourite podcast as well as add it to a custom playlist are now available, simply select the ‘+’ button and you can select your option from there.
There’s also something called “Colourful Awesomeness” which detects colours from the artwork and brightens the interface in subtle ways.
There’s other little tweaks to the interface in the player, which look great, including some that line up with improvements Google introduced in KitKat. Shifty Jelly have also re-written the App to make it a bit faster and more robust.
Here’s the video explaining it all :
And just cause they’re hilarious, the official changelog :
__Finally__!!! Pocket Casts 4.5! Chromecast support! Up Next Playlist which you can re-arrange items in! New Interface that’s sexy, and picks up podcast colours! Soooo Many Enhancements! More Exclamation Marks! Capitals in Odd Places!
One does not simply update an app like Pocket Casts. One has to take the One Codebase to some silly mountain and do so in epic 3-part triloginess. Heck one might even make more movies about a dragon too. But hey, we have hairy feet so we’re as Hobbit as they come.
Head on over to Google Play and check for the update, which some people are saying is live now. If you haven’t used Pocket Casts yet, at $3.99 it’s hands down the BEST podcast player you’ll find for Android.