Even with a bunch of free options for podcasts listening, Pocket Casts is still one of the most popular episodic audio streaming services on iOS and Android devices. Following its sale, in May, to a public radio group, Pocket Casts releases a major redesign that makes the podcast repository even better. Let's take a quick look at what's new in this Pocket Casts major redesign.
The Cleaner Individual Podcast Episode Lists
The overall UI feels somewhat familiar, but you'll notice that many details have been tidied up. Specifically, the individual podcast episode lists and the player interface were where the tweaks stood out the most - which makes the new design looks comfortable on iPhone Xs.
Applies Google's New Material Design
In addition to a revamp of the interface, the new Pocket Casts also comes in line with Google's new Material Design guidelines - bold, graphic, intentional. The app looks a lot nicer as a result, and it's a joy to navigate around. Functions and info are much easier to access from various screens, and you can now switch between three themes (light, dark, and an AMOLED-friendly dark theme).
The Desktop Version Looks Really Gorgeous
Pocket Casts will queue up episodes for you using the Up Next feature. When you look down at the player, you'll find your Up Next list is now synced! Your Up Next list is now synced across all the devices on which you can sign into Pocket Casts (iOS, Android, Web, Mac, PC).
More Useful Improvements
There are a lot of other nice, small touches like pressing and holding at the top of the app to alternate between regular and dark modes. Siri Shortcuts are now supported. And Pocket Casts recognizes season/episode numbering.