The popular podcast application, Pocket Casts, announced that it will be opening up a public beta program for Android. Even though Google has launched its own podcast application, but many Android users still opt for Pocket Casts rather than the Google app. The opening up of beta version brings to the users access to the newest features available on the app, with the caveat that builds might be broken or unstable. If you’d like to sign up for the public beta on Android, you can do so at this Google Play link.
The company has announced access to the Pocket Casts’ beta programs before as well, so this isn’t new. The company previously ran a closed beta for Android users, and anyone who paid for the web app also has access to an open beta for that version of the player. The company also has Mac and Windows 10 betas available.
It’s surely not a chance that this announcement comes on the heels of Google’s introduction of its own app, called Google Podcasts. It’s stylish, to be sure, but isn’t exactly a great solution for people who listen to a lot of podcasts. The public beta is just extra incentive for users who already love Pocket Casts to stay loyal to the app through access to public betas. The move by Google is to push its presence in the massive podcast industry. The company has highlighted that it aims to make the “audio” component as big as the Search industry that is in its foundation. It is just pushing through to make a presence in the market.
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