Pocket Casts Updated for Android 8.0 Oreo

Posted on November 2, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile, Music + Videos with 10 Comments

Pocket Casts Updated for Android 8.0 Oreo

My favorite podcasting app, Pocket Casts, got a big update on Android this week, adding support for several new Oreo features.

Not on Oreo? No worries, the latest Pocket Casts update adds a number of other new features that work across multiple Android versions too.

Here’s what’s new.

Adaptive icons. Android 8.0 Oreo supports adaptive app icons, which basically means that app makers can create multiple versions of their app icons so that they look good whether the system theme uses square (default), rounded square (Samsung), circular (the Pixels), or other shaped icons. I assume all Pocket Casts had to do was turn on this support, since the logo is circular and the icon looks great no matter what shape the icon is.

Picture in Picture. Back in September, I wrote about Oreo’s support for picture-in-picture (PIP), and lamented that there were so few apps that supported it. Well, now there’s one more, and Pocket Casts works as expected for the most part. You have to manually trigger PIP, however, using a toolbar icon in the Now Playing screen: It won’t just come on if you leave the app.

Here, you can see Pocket Casts’ support of PIP and adaptive icons (and how Audible does not support adaptive icons).

Notification Channels. While I’ve written a lot about the notification improvements in Oreo—like its support for notification dots and notification previews (both of which Pocket Casts already supports)—I’ve not yet covered notification channels, which let users configure the importance levels of various notification types on an app-by-app basis. In Pocket Casts, you can now individually control how notifications for downloads, new episodes, and playback work instead of just having one general notification setting.

For those using older Android versions, the latest Pocket Casts app also brings battery and background performance improvements, faster image loading, show note updating when the podcast maker makes changes, and various bug fixes and performance improvements.

You can download Pocket Casts for Android from the Google Play Store. The app is also available on the iPhone/iOS and on the web. Note that Pocket Casts is a paid app on each platform, and well worth the $6 one-time fee per app ($9 for the web version). I use this app every day and highly recommend it. (And yes, I’ve paid for it on each of the supported platforms.)


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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Pocket Casts Updated for Android 8.0 Oreo”

  1. wolters

    PocketCasts is fantastic. It works rather well with Android Wear, letting you browse, play, pause, mark as played and more right from the watch.

  2. JacobTheDev

    I've been pushing for adaptive icons for every app on my phone, glad to see Pocket Casts got an update! I'm hoping one day all of my favorite apps will be supported; it allows for an iPhone-like consistency while providing the customization options that Android users love. Very excited to see more apps jump on board :)

    For any developers who want to add support for this, it's extremely easy; it's fore lines of code, a foreground image, and a background image. It takes literally minutes to implement.


  3. timothyhuber

    I bought it across all platforms, too.  Well worth the cost.  Integrates cleanly with Android Auto, too.

  4. Lauren Glenn

    It's a great app but I wish they fixed an issue where it drops the ChromeCast connection because the video ended. Yes, there's a playlist option where you can add new videos by hitting X at the top of the playback screen and swiping the bar at the bottom, but it would be nicer if it just kept the connection on until it times out with 5 min. of inactivity.

  5. wright_is

    I currently use Doggcatcher, how does it compare?

  6. wunderbar

    I like pocketcasts so much, I even bought it for Windows Mobile, back when I had a Windows Mobile device I used for testing.

  7. wright_is

    As an aside, I used to be able to get my Lumia to play podcasts or audio books (Audible) by speaking to the phone / Cortana.

    Does anyone know how to get this to work on Android with the Google Assistant or Cortana? Both just give me a search result for Audible or Doggcatcher when I tell it to start playing a podcast or audio book...

  8. Care

    I know it's got to be low on their radar, but I'd actually love an Xbox app to continue listening in the living room. Before switching to android, I could do this with Grover Pro.

  9. helix2301

    Is pocketcast 3.99 on Android just like iOS?

  10. veermaharaj

    I just want android bluetooth to play nice with my car...