Google Labs is always busy creating new services. Google puts a lot of effort into promoting the new products, but only some of them manage to get popular, while others such as Google Buzz and Google Wave don’t manage to appeal the crowd. Google launched Google Listen through Google Labs in 2009, to give people a way to discover and listen to podcasts. However, with Google Play, users now have access to tons of other podcast apps, and hence Google pulled has decided to pull its plug on Listen last month.
What’s a podcast you may ask? According to Wikipedia, “A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio, video, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a neologism derived from “broadcast” and “pod” from the success of the iPod, as podcasts are often listened to on portable media players.”
Now that Google Listen is slated to shut down, users have to now rely on other podcasting apps in order to listen to podcasts. There are tons of apps out there, and a lot of them offer better services than what Google Listen used to offer, and folks from the search engine giant have admitted this too. Let’s take a look some of the best podcasting apps for Android.
OneCast – podcast simply
According to app’s Google Play page, “OneCast is the easiest way to find and play any podcast.” I installed OneCast and interface is slick, beautiful and extremely intuitive. The interface makes use of the same background which you’ve set as background on your Android device, which is quite great. Apart from the visual appeal, it is also one of the fastest when it comes to searching podcasts.
The actual player is very simple. When you tap on a particular show, it greets you with various segments from that publisher, and tapping on any one of them will allow you to play it or save it locally, which is again a great option to have as you can listen on the move, even when you’re offline. There are limited numbers of icons, so the app is very easy to navigate around. If you are an occasional podcast listener and looking for something basic, you should give OneCast a try. It’s neat, has great transition effects and just works. It does lack few things that other players out there offer, however, OneCast will suffice your needs if you’re new in the podcasting environment.
OnceCast is available free of cost in the Play Store and can be downloaded over here.
Podcast HD is an easy-to-use Podcast player. The app is free, but the selling point is the search tool. When you launch the app, you will be greeted with a list of categories to check out, and there are tons of them. The app covers podcasts from various categories, from Arts through to Technology, and all the podcasts are placed under the category which they belong to. Since all the podcasting streams are categorized, it’s easy to discover quickly. For instance, I can directly tap on Comedy category if I want to watch/listen something from that category, rather than search. It also supports YouTube, so you can access video blogs on YouTube easily. It allows the user to bookmark favorite shows, which helps to gain quick access to new podcasts. There’s a different section for downloads, so all the downloads will be listed over there. You can personalize the results using regional settings, where in which you can select various regions including USA, UK and many more and the app will show content based on your selection, which is ideal for discovering new content.
Podcast HD doesn’t include much of enhanced features, but again, it would suffice the needs of a beginner, so if you’re one of them, go ahead.
Podcast HD can be downloaded from Google Play over here.
The app’s interface is as simple as the name itself. If you’re expecting a fancy interface, you wouldn’t like this because you will not find any skins or pretty buttons in this app. It was made to be low overhead and efficient. It is very different to the above mentioned apps. Unlike other podcasting apps, Podcast Player doesn’t have any search functionality. As the name speaks, it’s a ‘player’, which means you have to download content elsewhere and use this app to play them.
Podcast Player has an extremely simple interface, and you won’t find any fancy slider to fast forward a podcast. You may think of that as a negative factor, but that’s where app’s main feature shows up. Instead of slider, it makes use of simple oversized buttons which enables the user to skip forward and backward in customizable bursts. For instance, if you’re looking for a specific moment in a lengthy podcast, Podcast Player can find it for you accurately.
Thanks to the oversized pause/resume button, you will have no trouble using it in your car’s cup holder. It is also able to delete the mp3 after you have listened to it.
The app is very different, and the minimalistic interface isn’t going to appeal many, but it enjoys a very good base in Play Store. It’s ideal if you listen to lengthy podcasts, where its skipping functionality can be useful.
Podcast Player can be found on Google Play over here. The developer is said to develop a paid version of Podcast Player soon.
Please read 10 Best Podcasting Apps For Android – Part 2 for continuation.