Although Android has come a long way over the past few years, there’s still no dedicated podcast application on the platform. This means that users have to rely on third party sources to get podcasts on their devices.
I’m a huge fan of podcasting especially since my commute is about an hour and a half both ways to work. I’ve chosen to make my commutes as productive as possible by listening to various tech shows, how to’s and anything Android related. You’d think an hour and a half is a long time to get all my podcasts completed, but when you have a list of shows as big as mine that can be a difficult task. One app I’ve recruited to help get the job done is Presto for Android. Presto works in conjunction with your podcast or audio player and gives you the ability to speed up playback so you can complete it in no time. However, different players allow for different speeds.
I currently use DoggCatcher as my primary podcast player and Presto works fantastic with it. I’ve experienced no bugs during playback whatsoever. With DoggCatcher you can listen up to 1.5 X the normal speed of the playback. I was able to listen to an hour long podcast somewhere in the vicinity of 40-45 minutes. Ready to give it a try? The app will run you $4 bucks in the Android Market and you can also snag it from our apps database where you’ll find a QR code for your convenience. However, if you heavily invest in podcasting like I do, you’ll agree it’s well worth that price. That’s about the only con I found with the application, the rest are all pros. Hit the break for some more developer info and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
DoggCatcher, everyone’s favorite podcasting application for Android has just received an update. The new update adds features like altering the playback speed using the app Presto ($3.99) via a 1X toggle switch on the player. Want to hear that one hour long podcast in a half an hour? Now you can, thanks to this highly anticipated feature. There is a new Auto Play toggle switch that has been added to the player as well.
The addition now allows you to listen to several podcasts in a row as defined in your audio play list. Another nice feature is the “Now Playing” slide up tab loaded with all of the info of the podcast you’re listening to along with a list of RSS feeds with a scrollable page and click-able links to the site’s feed. Hit the break for some more pics of the app and to check out the developers full list of specs. The app will run you $6.99 in the market, but if you ask anyone who’s ever used it, they’ll tell you it’s worth every cent. The link to our database and QR code is after the break.
Although we just recently mentioned one of our favorite Pod Casting apps, DoggCatcher, we thought it would be worth noting again in a separate post, as the developer has just given it an update. Now at version 1.1.1823, the update provides a cleaner, streamlined UI. In addition, he added a theme option which allows you to toggle between dark and light backgrounds. Furthermore, when playing a particular pod cast, you can now see the title directly above the player no matter where you navigate within the app, so you’ll always know which feed is currently running. And while most are complaining about the small fonts, I think the minor UI refresh compliments the app very well.
Hey, all you readers and listeners!
You’ve probably been thinking to yourself, “hey, what did those crazy cats over at TalkAndroid do with their InfoByte podcast”? Well, we’ve gone through some changes here over the past few days, and, in result, things with the podcast have gotten changed up a bit.
From here on out, the TalkAndroid InfoByte is going to be a weekly release. It will come out every Monday morning, just in time for your morning commute, and will be a collaborative podcast discussing some of the bigger stories from the week.
We all hope you guys like the new format, and be sure to let us know in the comments! You can check out the latest that was released today here.
TalkAndroid InfoByte – 10/27/10
Welcome to another edition of the TalkAndroid InfoByte, our weekday morning Podcast that gets you caught up on yesterday’s news.
You can either stream it to your browser (above), or you can download it here. We should note that, if you click the stream link above from your mobile browser, it should open up in your Android media player.
Also, don’t forget we are announcing our first winner of the mini collectibles contest, so be sure to listen right to the end to see who won!
The RSS feed for the podcast is available here.
0:28 -Samsung Unveiling New Android Device November 8th!
1:11 -Concrete Software announces the release of PBA Bowling 2 for Android
1:38 -T-Mobile to introduce $14.99 tethering plan on November 3rd
2:11 -JooJoo 2 tablet based on Android OS coming early 2011
2:47 -Reckless Racing back on Android Market
3:40 -Verizon Galaxy Tab will not have Skype, NFL Mobile, or V Cast video at launch
4:02- Motorola updates Media Link software, finally usable
4:37 -Google Instant Search Rolling Out to Android Devices
5:17 -HTC Hero on TELUS updated to Android 2.1
5:50- Czech Republic Vodafone: Android outsold Symbian in September
6:26 -Pre-order the NOOKcolor for $249, shipping on November 19th
7:31 -Google wants your suggestions to help improve Tasks!
8:02 -Get the latest YouTube standalone app Without Froyo!
8:23 -Latest HTC Evo update available for download
8:44 -Asus Showing Android Some Love
9:30 -Be Creative – Win a myTouch 4G!