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4
Mar

A look back, and a peek into the future

A look back

The last year has been an amazing time for podcasts and before we get too far into the next generation of Pocket Casts, we’d like to take a look back and share a few of our highlights.

In early 2014 we ventured out from our fortress of mobile devices and into the browser with Pocket Casts Web, and we’re glad we did. The feedback we’ve received has been overwhelming and we have some awesome plans for new features in the future. If you haven’t already, you can try it out for free here.

Pocket Casts 5 for iOS was released in November 2014 to support iOS 8 and Apple’s gargantuan 6 and 6+. Handoff to Pocket Casts Web is still one of our favourite features, cross-platform syncing has never been so seamless.

Serial! It would be remiss of us not to mention what Serial did for podcasting (and by association Pocket Casts) in 2014. Along with the rest of the world, the Shifty Jelly team obsessed over the conclusion to season 1 for weeks on end. We think 2015 is going to be even bigger and better for podcasting, with plenty of new voices and more from your favourite shows.

Finally, Pocket Casts 5 for Android is coming. Very soon. We’re in the final stages of testing and can’t wait to share it with the world. If you’d like to be notified when it’s released, follow us on Twitter.

Onwards and upwards!

18
Nov

Version 4.8 for Android Now Available

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While we’re busy beavering away on the Lollipop update of Pocket Casts (which looks amazing by the way), we thought we’d give you a few new things to play with:

  • Pocket Casts now has actionable notifications, so you can download or stream episodes right from your phone or Android Wear watch. If an episode is auto-downloaded while you’re away, those buttons will change to play and add to Up Next.
  • Variable speed playback has been enhanced so that it now works with more than just MP3 files. On most phones AAC and OGG are also now supported!
  • We’ve fixed quite a few Lollipop bugs, like the skip buttons in the player getting stuck on a colour.
  • You can now choose exactly which podcasts you’d like to be notified about, instead of it being an all or nothing setting.
  • Auto download has been changed by popular request to download any new shows that come out. This is especially handy for people that listen to things like hourly news podcasts, that used to have to download some of these manually if they weren’t around when the shows came out.

So grab it if you haven’t already and enjoy your favourite podcasts just that little bit more. Speaking of which: Adnan totally did it by the way. No way that guy is innocent. Sorry…runs away…

7
Nov

Pocket Casts 5 for iOS, Bigger than the Biggest

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After many months of hard work, we’re proud to introduce you to Pocket Casts, version 5. We’ve packed a lot of features and goodness into every free update we’ve released since version 1, and this one is certainly no exception. It all starts with the refreshed interface that supports the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We’ve made a lot of small tweaks to screens and some huge changes to others. We’ve also incorporated a lot of your feedback into this version as well, a few of the highlights include:

  • Handoff support. For those of you that use our new web player (play.pocketcasts.com) you can now tap one button on your Mac, and it will open the same episode in the web player, auto-loaded to where you’re currently up to. I used it just this morning to finish an episode of Serial. I sat down at my desk at work, opened the app, clicked the little Safari icon in my dock…and BOOM. I continued right on!
  • Actionable notifications. You can now add to Up Next and download directly from a notification, without having to open the app.
  • The sleep timer now remembers the last time you chose, and auto-selects that when you tap it. it’s also more configurable than ever before.
  • You can now mark as played, straight from the Up Next list, when you do, the next item in the list will automatically start playing.
  • It’s now far easy to work with your Up Next list, tapping play on an episode somewhere else, now adds it there, and pushes all your other episodes down by one.
  • Skipping is easier than ever before, just double tap with two fingers anywhere on the now playing screen.
  • Per podcast notification settings, you can now choose to receive notifications for only the podcasts you care the most about.
  • Auto download all new episodes, a huge boon for episodes released in multiple parts..
  • We fixed a lot of other small bugs. All in all this is the biggest update we’ve done since we completely rebooted Pocket Casts last year with version 4.

So be sure to go grab the update if you haven’t already. If you’re reading this and don’t have our app yet, what are you waiting for, go go go!

9
Oct

Announcing: Pocket Casts, for your Web Browser

Poor desktop web browsers. All people ever talk about these days are mobile phones and apps. They must feel so left out! Well no longer friends, no longer. We’re proud to officially announce that Pocket Casts is now available on the web!

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Starting today, we’re letting anyone who owns one of our existing mobile apps, and has registered a Pocket Casts sync account in them, try it out here:

https://play.pocketcasts.com/

The web app syncs your podcast subscriptions that you already have on your phone, and where you’re up to in each episode. This means you can open your browser, log in, and start listening straight away. It plays both audio and video files so you never have to be without your podcasts again. Whether you need some podcasts to listen to at work, at home, or even at that hipster coffee shop we know you hang out at, we have you covered.

So go crazy, try it out and send your flowers, feedback and felicitations our way.

This is only the beginning. We have a tonne of new features planned. Everything from working more closely with our mobile apps, to allowing new users to sign up directly from the web. Our office whiteboard is littered with so many ideas and plans that sometimes it starts to take on a life of it’s own. The future is white, bright…and covered in white board marker…actually so are my hands.

So go ahead, log in and enjoy some amazing podcasts. We know we will.

22
Sep

The Future Is Now

We’re a wee bit excited in the office this morning. We’re adding something very cool to the Pocket Casts universe very soon. If you want to join in the excitement, head on over here and sign up:

https://play.pocketcasts.com/register/beta

Between this, the iOS 8 updates that we’re working on, and Android L we’re insanely excited about the future of all our apps on all your platforms.

17
Mar

The Best Pocket Casts Yet

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After many months of hard work we’d like to introduce you to our latest update: Pocket Casts v4.5 for Android. Don’t be fooled by the ‘.5′ part there’s a lot that’s new:

  • Chromecast support: send your favourite podcasts straight to your TV with a single tap.
  • Up Next playlist: no need to wonder what’s playing next, flick right on the now playing screen and see. Re-arrange items to your heart’s content, and quickly skip between them too.
  • Colourful Awesomeness: podcast authors have some amazing artwork. The new Pocket Casts automatically detects colours from the artwork and brightens the interface in subtle, but powerful ways.
  • Modern Android Interface: When Pocket Casts 4 first came out, it was everything that was right about Android design. Since then Android has moved forward, and now so have we. See your podcasts in a whole new light.
  • Enhancements Galore: We’ve re-written so many parts of Pocket Casts to make it faster, more robust and better than ever before. There’s a million little details that have gone into this update and we can’t wait for you to experience them.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Google Play Store and grab it now!

14
Jan

Pocket Weather Android Update: So Hot

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After many months of hard work, we’re proud to announce that Pocket Weather Australia version 4 is now available for Android. It’s a free update to all existing users who have Android 4.0 or above on their devices. As Australia heats up this summer there’s no easier way to check exactly what’s happening in your local area. Here’s just a few of the things that are new to version 4:

Built for Android
The user interface has been designed from scratch to suit the modern Android experience. The result is a clean, dynamic and concise app that will make your friends envious.

Tablet ready
We love our Nexus 7 and 10, perhaps a little too much. As a result, we’ve improved the tablet design. All of Pocket Weather’s features are optimised for larger devices.

Customise your weather
In Pocket Weather 4.0, you can choose which observations appear on the main overview page of the app. You can also rearrange the order of the sections.

Extremely local observations
If your phone supports it, you can read the temperature, pressure and humidity via your device’s sensors.

Tides
We’ve re-thought how tides work in Pocket Weather. In 4.0, they’re treated as a location, are faster, look nicer and are all round better.

So whether you’re new to Pocket Weather, or you’ve been with us since version 1 there’s no better time to grab the update .

13
Dec

Pocket Weather 4 is here!

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Pocket Weather 4 for iPhone and iPad is here, and it’s a free update, so before reading any further: go grab it!

What’s new?

  • iPhone performance! Locations are back to opening lightning fast on even the oldest of iPhones.
  • Brand new iOS 7 interface, this wasn’t us just removing some assets and gradients, we reworked the entire app to make it cleaner and simpler.
  • We’ve redone the iPad interface, no more iPhone clone with cards, but something far more unique and forward thinking.
  • Background refresh: it’s amazing just how much of a difference it makes to have your weather loaded already when you open the app.
  • All new visualisations for chance of rain, never wonder when you will be rained on again!
  • On the iPhone, the cards can now be re-ordered.
  • There are too many other tweaks and enhancements to list here, go have a play and let us know what you think.

For those of you still reading, you might be wondering why it took a while to get this version out, I know a few of you were even on the brink of losing hope of seeing an update from us. Once we saw iOS 7, back in June with Beta 1 we knew that Pocket Weather had to change. We were busy working on Pocket Casts though, and figured we’d have plenty of time to get to that before the end of the year. Then in September, in literally the very last beta from Apple, our app broke horribly on the iPhone. Tapping a location could take up to 10 seconds before it would show you any data. This was horrific, so our first instinct was to patch that, then continue working on the iOS 7 update itself. Unfortunately patching that one bug proved impossible, without re-doing most of the app itself.  Once we realised that we had but one choice: many months ago we pressed ‘File’ -> ‘New Project’ and started Pocket Weather again. It’s been a tough few months and for the first time we hired an external contractor to help speed things up (the amazing Chris Miles, who did an awesome job!), and we worked many late nights and weekends. Long story short, sometimes when we’re talking about what we’re doing the least, it’s because we’re working the hardest.

There’s a universal truth behind all of this: buying a Shifty Jelly app is always a safe bet. We always keep our apps up to date, and continue to strive to make them the best in their respective categories. Pocket Weather 4 is just another little gift from us, to you our loyal fans. We just hope that Santa won’t be mad that we delivered it earlier than he could have ;)

Note for our Android fans: version 4 for you guys currently in beta testing. More on that soon. :)

5
Nov

Pocket Weather & iOS 7

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Pocket Weather is a bit of an institution in Australian weather apps. It was one of the first apps on the scene when the App Store first launched, since then we’ve grown it to what we think is the one of the best weather apps in the world. It features live weather data from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology pinpointed to your exact location, rain radar maps, a dynamic ui & comprehensive tide data. The current version of Pocket Weather has enjoyed a long innings in the high end of the App Store’s Top Paid charts. It’s a crowd favourite; Australians love it, and so do we.

What’s happening with Pocket Weather?

Since it’s been a long time between drinks for Pocket Weather customers, we thought we’d share what we’ve been up to.

Apple released iOS 7 almost two months ago, and with it came some sweeping changes to how we see and use our iOS devices. Changes in iOS change the way apps like Pocket Weather work. Unfortunately, the current version of Pocket Weather has taken a performance hit under iOS 7 – there’s a long delay when tapping a location, before you see the data.

Pocket Weather’s stunning interface features photorealistic textures and lighting. iOS 7 has shifted the expectations of design, so we’ll need to update accordingly.

There’s a new major version of Pocket Weather on the way

We think it’s the best one yet.

Here are just some of the things coming in the next version:

  • It fixes the performance issue in iOS 7
  • It has been redesigned to suit iOS 7’s user interface
  • We’ve paid a lot of attention to weather on iPad
  • It’s better
  • It’ll be a free update

We’re working full time and will get it to you as soon as we can. We use Pocket Weather every day, we love it and we haven’t forgotten it.

8
Oct

How Do We Use Pocket Casts?

Here at Team Shifty Jelly we’re die hard podcast lovers. My personal fanatical crush on Tom Merritt aside, we all have slightly different listening habits so we thought it would be cool to share some of those with the world. I listen to podcasts almost exclusively while driving to and from work. What I need from the app is to have all the podcasts I want ready to go in the morning so that I can pick which ones I want to listen to. I’ve got 32 podcasts in my collection most of which release weekly or daily episodes. I’m never able to listen to all of them, so I’ve created an Episode Filter of my favourite ones called ‘Top Casts’. I set this one to show me all the Unplayed and In Progress episodes from the podcasts I listen to the most:

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I have auto-download configured for my favourite podcasts, so when I woke up Monday morning I had the following downloaded and ready to go:

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My drive to work varies from 30 minutes to an hour, so clearly I’m not going to be able to listen to every single one of these. Pocket Casts makes marking episodes as played super fast, just swipe your finger from right to left over it:

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Today I’m in the mood for the Vergecast, so I’ll tap play on that first. After that if there’s time I’d like to listen to something more Australian, so I pick the Reckoner, followed by The Talk Show. Adding these to the up next list is easy, tap on one, tap the ‘+’ and choose ‘Play Next':

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So now my ‘Up Next’ list has 3 episodes ready to go, with the first one currently playing:

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Now I’m driving along, occasionally tapping the skip button. I have my app configured to skip 45 seconds forward each time I press the skip button, so it’s easy to breeze past any boring bits. About halfway through the Vergecast I’m done with listening to Josh interrupt people constantly, so I long press on the skip button, and BAM, I’m transported to listening to Reckoner instead:

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At the 35 minute mark, I make it to work and turn off my car. Pocket Casts automatically stops playing, and off I go. Before leaving work, I queue up another podcast or two for the trip home depending on what has come out during the day. Any ones I feel I might not get to, I quickly swipe away. Pocket Casts is configured to automatically delete downloaded files for any episode I mark as played, so I never have to worry about manually trying to manage storage.

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