February 18, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Google has updated its Android podcast app Listen to include several new features, namely the ability to sync and manage podcast feeds through Google Reader. The previous version of Listen required users to search for feeds every time they switched phones or performed a data wipe, which can be particularly annoying for people who frequently change ROM’s or reset their phone. Version 1.1 can now store those podcasts in Google Reader and quickly sync them whenever necessary.
Take advantage of this new feature and subscribe to your favorite tech and sports podcasts. Be sure to subscribe to the Android Guys podcast, of which I’m a guest every Monday night at 10PM ET. Members of the Android blogosphere come together to talk major handset announcements, new apps, and all things Android.
Other new features and fixes include:
- Subscribed feed items are fresh, no longer limited in size, and are available offline (and more quickly).
- Screen “My listen items” shows queued and most recently subscribed item, with refresh button for subscriptions.
- Subscriptions screen is a list of subscribed feeds instead of the most recent item in the feed.
- Better control of listened state: “Mark all…” on details screen and context menus.
- The queue is now ordered by time added (instead of publication time).
- Settings has a “Check for new items” interval that periodically fetches new subscription items.
- Subscriptions screen has an “Add a subscription” button since the menu item with this function was regularly overlooked.
- “More episodes” screen now includes a “Queue new” button.
- Help screens and splash screen have been combined.
- The item title in the “Now Playing” mini-view is now clickable.
- Added voice input button to search bar.
- Play controls in landscape mode now take up less space.
- Add “Play” to context menu.
- Search subscriptions has temporarily been removed.
- Share an episode function has temporarily been removed.
- Various minor bug fixes.