Podcasts are all the rage these days, even Spotify is investing heavily in the concept. As for podcast customers, a lot of people have been eagerly awaiting the arrival on Android of the popular “social” podcast app iOS Breaker, which lets you track your friends’ listening trends and even chat about your favorite shows. This highly anticipated Android version of the app is now in beta testing, and we have some screenshots and details for the curious.
Breaker isn’t the only social media-focused podcasting app. Two of the founders of HipChat also launched an app called Swoot, which is already available for Android on the play store. While Swoot may be first on Android, Breaker has been on Apple App Store for almost a year.
For those on the beta, the app is live at this listing on play storealthough people outside the beta cannot access it.
Screenshots of Play Store listing.
The full description of the app is just below:
New to podcasting? Or do you listen every day? Breaker is for you.
Every podcast is on Breaker! Over 500,000 podcasts available.
Follow your friends to see what they’re listening to and discover new podcasts from the Breaker community. Like, share and comment on your favorite episodes.
Breaker is perfect for listening to:
– ½x up to 3x speed
– Skip silences to save time
– Landscape mode
– Offline mode
– Automatically download new episodes
Breaker is the #1 social podcast app:
– Like and comment the episodes
– Discover hot episodes that everyone is listening to
– Discuss episodes with friends
– Profile with your favorite podcasts
– Share on Twitter and Facebook
Try the best new podcast app and listen to what everyone is talking about.
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Our tipster prefers to remain anonymous, but he also provided some screenshots showing the app in action:
The app itself doesn’t have an unusual design, although there are some notable features shown in the screenshots provided. Navigation is done from a bottom bar with five tabbed sections: Home, Library, Search, Activity, and Profile. The app can import podcast subscriptions from Castbox, Podcast Player, Pocket Casts, and Podcast Addict. Shows and podcasts that your friends have recently listened to are listed in the Activity tab. It looks like the recommendations appear in both the Home and Search sections.
The playback screen looks standard at first glance, but it has a few extra features above most podcast apps. You can set a sleep timer in 15 minute increments until an hour or the end of a given episode, and set the playback speed from 1/2x to 3x. Social features are front and center too, with what appears to be a button to take you to an episode’s comments section, as well as an indicator for an episode’s like count.
The app is also said to have a sleek dark mode, but that’s not shown in our screenshots. Social features like chat and podcast sharing are also supposed to happen in the “Home” tab, but we don’t have any screenshots of what that might look like.
If you want to try the beta version of the app sooner, you will need to register here. The app uses app bundles for distribution, so it cannot be easily redistributed.
Some people get obsessed with their favorite podcasts, and I’ve unwittingly been part of several endless conversations on the subject. While the Android app is still in limited beta, social integrations like these may prove popular and spread further into the podcast app community.
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