Hey, Inside BlackBerry readers – welcome back guest blogger Sonia, who’s got an update on the BlackBerry® Podcast app for you! Take a look at what she has to say about version 1.5′s new features – Ed.
For those of you who enjoyed the first release of the BlackBerry Podcast app, we’ve got great news for you – version 1.5 is here! With this updated version of the popular app, we’ve made it easier to find the content you want to play right away – with the addition of a preview or play option while the podcast is downloading. New features also include web podcast searching and improved content presentation within categories.
Let’s go through each of them in the post below:
Web podcast search
Looking for that elusive feed? No problem – we’ve integrated Google® search. Now you can quickly search the web for podcasts and RSS feeds to supplement the built-in BlackBerry Podcast catalog. You just select “Add Podcast Channel” within the menu, then type in the feed (or keyword) you are looking for and you will invoke an RSS Google Search from within the app. Another great option is to simply cut and paste the podcast URL, if you already know it, and away you go!
Improved Content Presentation within Categories
We currently have over 3,000 feeds and growing – with many categories having over 100 feeds each! When presenting content within categories, the first 40 listings in each category will be “featured content” – a combination of the most popular feeds and RIM-programmed feeds. This helps you find the most compelling content first! However, if you prefer to go through all in alphabetical order, you can select “All Channels” to see all content within the category. It’s now easier than ever to find the podcast you’re looking for with v1.5 of the BlackBerry Podcast app!
Preview or Play while downloading
You don’t have to wait for the entire podcast to download before you can hit play to enjoy the latest feed. You can now preview or play at the same time that you are downloading, just to make sure that you’re downloading exactly what you want to hear.
Starting on April 25th, v1.5 of the BlackBerry Podcast app will be available in North America on the BlackBerry App World™ storefront. (Please note: The app will become available to download within the next 24 hours. If you don’t see it, keep checking back!) For more information, visit the BlackBerry Podcast app site.