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Top 5 Podcast Apps For Android

Top 5 Podcast Apps For Android

If you have an Android phone or tablet, you unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) do not have access to something like the stock “Podcasts” app that comes packaged with new Apple devices.

Don’t let that discourage you though, as you still have access to plenty of options thanks to the amazing selection of apps available on the Google Play Store. Let’s take a look at a few of the best options below.

1. Doggcatcher

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    One of the original podcast apps on Android, Doggcatcher has built up quite a following over the years.

    While its interface is perhaps a bit behind the times compared to its current competition, it remains a feature-packed app, with the ability to customize playback speed and auto download/delete episodes of your favorite podcasts.

    If you happen to own a Chromcast stick, this app will work with it, meaning you will be able to stream your favorite podcast to your TV/entertainment system. It costs $2.99, which, while expensive for an app, is pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things.

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    2. Beyondpod

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      Beyondpod mixes a brilliant user interface with a vast selection of podcasts to choose from, enough that even the most eclectic of you should be able to find what you are looking for.

      Like Doggcatcher, it supports Chromecast. It can also sync across multiple devices, and update your favorite podcasts automatically.

      You can purchase Beyondpod for $6.99, which is fairly pricy. That said, there is a 7 day free trial, so you can test it out and see if you like it before buying.

      3. Podcast Republic

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        Podcast Republic’s claim to fame is that it allows you to search iTunes’ podcast collection, meaning all of you iPhone to Android transplants can finally find all of your favorite shows on your new device.

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        Like other podcast apps, it syncs across devices and can update automatically in the background. It also is capable of offline playback.

        Best of all, Podcast Republic is supported by ads, and thus is completely free!

        4. Player FM

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          The standout feature of Player FM is probably its looks — it adheres to all of Google’s new design motifs.

          Like the other apps here, Player FM supports Chromecast and all of the basic features you’d expect out of a podcast app, like speed control and offline support. Beyond that, it also supports smartwatches, which could be a significant factor in your decision making process.

          Player FM is entirely free, at least to a point. You can subscribe to up to twenty shows on the house. There’s a “Gold” version of the app that will be released in the future, and it will allow for unlimited podcast subscriptions.

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          5. Pocket Casts

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            Winner of the Google Play Editor’s Choice award for March 2014, Pocket Casts is an essential app for most Android users.

            It supports Chromecast, variable speed playback, tablet support, and sharing with your friends.

            Unlike some other podcast apps, Pocket Casts give you a bit more control. This comes mostly in the form of its associated widget, which lets you manage basic functions of the app from your homescreen.

            Additionally, Pocket Casts is available on iOS devices as well, meaning you can sync your podcasts on your Android phone with your iPad, or on your Android tablet with your iPhone.

            Like some cloud music apps (e.g. Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, and Beats Music), Pocket Casts comes equipped with discovery features that allow you to easily search for podcasts you might be interested in.

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            Certainly, other podcast apps have similar features, but Pocket Casts probably delivers them in most streamlined and easy-to-use fashion.

            At $3.99 Pocket Casts is an expensive app, but based on the reviews I have read, most users believe it to be worth every penny.

            Conclusions

            All in all, you really cannot go wrong with any of these apps. There are plenty of options to choose from, and at a certain point, it really becomes all about user preference. I would suggest trying the free options (or Beyondpod’s trial), and see if you like those first. If they do not suit your needs, then go after the paid options. Either way, with so many quality podcast apps out there, you are bound to find the right one for you sooner rather than later.

            Featured photo credit: Android/ JD Hancock via flickr.com

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            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

            Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

            Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

            1. Lumosity

            This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

            Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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              2. Fit Brains Trainer

              This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

              Free.

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                3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                  4. Brain Fitness Pro

                  The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                  Buy for $3.99.

                  5. Happify

                  If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                  Free to use.

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                    6. Clockwork Brain

                    You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                    Free.

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                      7. ReliefLink

                      Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                        8. Eidetic

                        Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                          9. Braingle

                          Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                          Free.

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                            10. Not The Hole Story

                            If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                            Free.

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                              11. Personal Zen

                              This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                              Free.

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