Podcast apps for Android are abound in Google Play Store, but if you’re in search of a quality Holo-themed alternative, you’ve got to take a look at Volksempfanger. Available for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher devices, this multilingual freeware has got almost everything that you wish to see in a good podcast app. It lets you subscribe to and download your favorite podcasts from a plethora of popular sources including BBC, TEDTalks, DIGG, TWiT, YouTube and lots more. Not only can you browse and subscribe to podcasts from virtually any category – science, technology, comedy, literature, TV & Film etc – but also import local audio files from your device’s internal storage.
The app’s playlist management feature helps you keep a close tab on all your bookmarked, new and downloaded podcasts. Alongside each episode, you get to see brief notes, embedded links and info relevant to it. As far as personalization is concerned, the app lets you set a custom refresh interval for updating content. Moreover, you may opt to automatically download episodes from your subscribed podcasts, and set the app to perform said task over Wi-Fi and/or while charging only.
That’s not all; Volksempfanger also supports integration with gpodder.net to help you with searching for required podcasts online.
The count atop each subscription tile keeps you apprised of the total number of new episodes available under that particular subscription. The app’s simply designed audio player supports quick seeking and background playback. To let users conveniently control podcast playback from anywhere within the OS, the app provides them with a notification panel widget. You can also, of course, control the app from the lockscreen.
The app’s UI is split into three main tabs: Subscriptions, Playlists and Downloads. While on the Subscriptions tab, you can browse your bookmarked content, and also add new subscriptions by hitting the + tab at the top. To import files from your SD card, select Menu > Import.
As mentioned earlier, the Playlists tab makes navigating to your current, new and downloaded content a breeze. Besides downloading your favorite podcasts to your device, you can mark unread content as ‘read’ by holding down on it. You may use the same gesture on the app’s main screen to unsubscribe from a podcast. All the data downloaded with Volksempfanger can be found in the ‘Podcasts’ folder on your device’s SD card.
Overall, the app has made an impressive debut in the Play Store, but it can still be bettered with the addition of features such as batch subscription, option to stop or pause ongoing download tasks, and a dedicated home screen widget.
The app is available for free on the Play Store. Remember that it is currently compatible with Android 4.0 or higher devices only.