News by Andrew Kameka on Monday March 17, 2014.
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Pocket Casts, one of the best podcast apps available on Android, has updated to include a refined interface and the ability to stream audio or video podcasts on a TV using Chromecast. In August 2013, the Shifty Jelly developers revealed to MobileBurn that they planned to introduce support for Chromecast; however, the long wait time for official SDK support from Google caused the app to not add the new streaming option until today.
Arriving alongside the new casting option is a slightly tweaked interface. There's a new Up Next Playlist that users can access by swiping left from The Now Playing screen to see the podcast queue. The Now Playing screen looks a little slimmer, the podcast episode listing page now includes thumbnails and better separation between files, there's a more defined playing bar at the bottom, and colors are intelligently adjusted based on the artwork of a podcast. The UI has been changed to fit better into modern Android conventions, and there are many more "little details" to improve performance and use.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.