Overcast, an Apple Watch podcast app has been updated with a new user interface, bug fixes, and performance improvement. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac that offers a variety of podcasts for users to listen to the device of their choice.
Recently, the podcast industry has seen impressive growth as users enjoy listening to interviews, lessons, book reviews, health-related discussions and more, when traveling, working in the kitchen, working out, and other engagements. And paired with AirPods and any other Bluetooth headset, the Overcast app on Apple Watch allows users to listen to their favorite audio file on the go.
Overcast works with the open, standard world of podcasts with public RSS feeds.
Simply add your podcast to Apple Podcasts and it’ll show up here. It’s not a separate platform, and all downloads go directly to your servers.
The updated Overcast app on Apple Watch has 503 new subtle code changes
As the release notes of the update do not reveal much about the new changes, developer Marco Arment took to Twitter to explain that the app went through a major overhaul with 503 changes but at the moment users do not need to know them. Release notes read:
- All-new app for Apple Watch
- Improved Siri support
- Tons of under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes
It is noted that the app has a reorganized UI from top to bottom with a new feature that was previously only accessible via the app’s iPhone version. There is a “now playing” screen which can be accessed by syncing above a scrolling list of shows and the settings button is larger. A new button on the bottom right corner of the screen displays more detailed information about the podcast, lets users adjust playback speed, and allows them to skip through different chapters of the listened-to podcast.
When questioned on the release of widget support of the app, Arment wrote that under the hood fixes were the priority. So, maybe we can expect an iOS 14 widget in the future which would increase the app’s popularity.
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Thousands of lines of code changed, but this is all people really need to know. pic.twitter.com/4psruuFGhM
— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) February 7, 2021
Download the Overcast app from the App Store, the version of the app runs ad but users can subscribe to the no-add version for $10 per year. It requires iOS 13.4 or later, iPadOS 13.4 or later, or macOS 11 or later on a Mac with an Apple M1 chip.