Pocket Casts is arguably the finest podcast client on Android, and it’s pretty terrific on iOS, too. But it’s about to get even better. With the upcoming Pocket Casts 4 update, we’ll see a brand new user interface based on iOS 7’s new design, iPad support, cross-platform syncing for subscriptions, playlists, and play states, and lots more.
“Over the past few months, we’ve been working hard on the biggest update to Pocket Casts for iOS that we’ve ever done,” developer Shifty Jelly announced on its blog today. “We’re excited to finally be able to announce that Pocket Casts version 4 is almost done, and will be available soon!”
The update will be released to “coincide with the launch of iOS 7,” so don’t expect to see it before then. But it’ll be well worth the wait. In addition to a fancy new look, you’ll finally be able to use Pocket Casts on your iPad, and with cross-platform syncing, you’ll be able to enjoy your podcasts effortlessly on all of your Android and iOS devices.
You can start listening to a podcast on your Android-powered tablet, then pick up from where you left off later on your iPhone. Your subscriptions will also sync so that you don’t need to add them manually on every device, as will your playlists.
Pocket Casts 4 will also bring smart dynamic episode filters, which will allow you to quickly find downloaded podcasts that you haven’t yet played, video episodes you haven’t yet downloaded, and more.
You’ll also be able to enjoy automatic downloading, so when a new episode of your favorite show is available, Pocket Casts will download it for you in the background so that it’s ready and waiting the next time you open the app.
Pocket Casts 4 will be a free update available only on devices running the upcoming iOS 7 firmware, because “many of these new features rely on the cool new technologies built into iOS 7,” Shifty Jelly explains. But Pocket Casts 3 will continue to work on devices running iOS 6 — it just won’t be updated with the new features.
Source: Shifty Jelly