With likes of Volksempfanger, VoAudio and AntennaPod alreadya vailable on Play Store, no one can complain about Android not having enough quality podcast apps. To add to that tally, we have just found yet another promising candidate in the Holo-themed Podkeeper that seems to have all the makings of a brilliant podcast app. Barring the native vodcast streaming capabilities, Podkeeper boasts almost all the key features one expects to find in a good podcast player. The app lets you search for and subscribe to podcasts without having to register with any service. For each subscription and its episodes, it displays ample information and lets you download episodes in bulk. In addition, the app supports seamless playback, offers background playback support, lets you mark chosen episodes as listened or unlistened, complete with visual indicators, and allows you to define player behavior in case of phone calls or upon connecting or removing the headphone jack.
Continuing with the app’s feature list, it can download content over mobile data as well as Wi-Fi. Also, you can limit the number of episodes per podcast that you want Podkeeper to download automatically. Episodes downloaded from the same podcasts can be displayed under the same group on the app’s home screen. Podcasts can be sorted by publication date, download date or episode title and name in ascending or descending order.
When it comes to playback, you can set the app to play content in full volume once the headphone jack is connected, and pause streaming or playback upon disconnecting it. Also, the app is capable of automatically pausing streaming in case of a phone call, and can resume playback once the call is over. That’s not all – the app also remembers the last position of each podcast that you’ve played at least once, and can resume playback from exactly the same point the next time you play it.
When launched for the first time, Podkeeper adds a few popular podcasts to your subscription list to help you get started. Afterwards, you can use the search button at the top-right to start finding and subscribing to your favorite podcasts. Alternatively, you can hit Menu > Add new podcast to subscribe to a podcast its URL.
Any episodes that you’ve download can be accessed under the Downloads tab on the app’s home screen. As mentioned earlier, the app has plenty of informative stuff to show regarding each podcast and its episodes, and you can view it by tapping the ‘i’ icon beside the item. To begin playing an episode, just tap its title once. Long pressing a title triggers batch-select mode, so that you can manage your downloads and mark the items as read or unread in bulk. The app’s podcast player UI is quite simple, with basic playback controls, a seek bar, relevant cover photo and brief information regarding the subscription.
Podkeeper is available on Play Store as both an ad-supported free version and a $2.99 ad-free variant. In case you start off with the free version and later upgrade to the paid one, it can automatically import your subscription data from the free version, as long as the content isn’t deleted from the app or your phone’s storage.
Podkeeper requires Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher to run, and can be downloaded from the Play Store links provided below.