The BeyondPod team has recently rolled out its largest update since the big 4.0 transition, introducing a number of features to please longtime fans and Lollipop users alike.
For the former, a dark theme has arrived, and while it isn't default like the old version of the podcast manager, it's available for folks who find the new standard look too bright. There's also the option to reduce card size, allowing you to fit more information on-screen at once.
The BeyondPod experience is a colorful one, as the action bar changes to match each of your podcast categories. The default look is orange, but when I'm listening to the Android Police podcast, the app turns green (the color I've assigned all of my tech podcasts). Which I switch to other feeds, the notification bar changes to match.
The hamburger icon flips into a back arrow whenever you open the sidebar, a Lollipop behavior Google abandoned in its own apps. Nevertheless, the app feels right at home on Android 5.0.
This releases manages to fit in an Android Wear companion app that gives you access to your playlist. You can't browse through all of your feeds on your wrist, but whichever episodes you have queued up will be accessible without having to pull your phone out of your pocket.
If these features all sound familiar, you've probably been running the beta, where all of this functionality has been available for months. But that's the way these things work. Early testers have had their fill, and now it's time for the more patient among us to enjoy the stable release.
New "dark" theme
BeyondPod now supports "compact" episode cards. This makes it easy to balance between the number of episodes displayed on a single screen and how much information is displayed for each episode.
Companion Android WEAR application for quick access to your current playlist and SmartPlays directly from your watch.