Shifty Jelly, creators of the beloved podcasting app Pocket Casts, have issued an update to the Android version of the app. Pocket Casts v4.5 now brings the promised and greatly anticipated Chromecast support to the service. As you may recall, Pocket Casts was on my list of three Android apps you should use that we put out earlier this year.
Chromecast support is not all the update brought along to its users, though. There’s now an Up Next playlist, which allows you to rearrange the playlist you’re currently casting and watching or listening to, podcast artwork color detection that changes the color of the Pocket Casts interface, and an updated Android UI to stay in line with the updated Android design guidelines put forth by Google when they released Android 4.4 KitKat.
Earlier this quarter, I published an article as to why the Chromecast matters – if you’d like to get caught up, you can read the article here. Pocket Casts adding Chromecast support is just another notch in the belt of the popular streaming device. Google continues to work with its Android app developers to bring streaming support to users’ favorite apps, expanding both the catalog of supported apps and Chromecast’s user base.
After many months of hard work we’d like to introduce you to our latest update: Pocket Casts v4.5 for Android. Don’t be fooled by the ‘.5′ part there’s a lot that’s new:
- Chromecast support: send your favourite podcasts straight to your TV with a single tap.
- Up Next playlist: no need to wonder what’s playing next, flick right on the now playing screen and see. Re-arrange items to your heart’s content, and quickly skip between them too.
- Colourful Awesomeness: podcast authors have some amazing artwork. The new Pocket Casts automatically detects colours from the artwork and brightens the interface in subtle, but powerful ways.
- Modern Android Interface: When Pocket Casts 4 first came out, it was everything that was right about Android design. Since then Android has moved forward, and now so have we. See your podcasts in a whole new light.
- Enhancements Galore: We’ve re-written so many parts of Pocket Casts to make it faster, more robust and better than ever before. There’s a million little details that have gone into this update and we can’t wait for you to experience them.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Google Play Store and grab it now!
Sources: Shifty Jelly’s Blog of Mystery