Android Oreo features have come to Pocket Casts in a new update. While the update is likely just starting to roll out to users and probably hasn't hit the Play Store for everyone just yet, if you're a current user of the Pocket Casts app it's worth checking the My Apps section of the Play Store to see if the update is available for download. For those that are unfamiliar with Pocket Casts, as the name suggests it's an application built for podcasts. Whatever stations and podcasts you may enjoy elsewhere, they're likely available in Pocket Casts.
One of the biggest new features of this latest app update is the support for Android Oreo's picture-in-picture mode. Now, you can open up Pocket Casts, hit the home button on your device and Pocket Casts will minimize itself to a small window on screen layered on top of the home screen, and of course it stays open on top of other apps if you open them as well, with the ability to resize the Pocket Casts window and drag it around as you see fit.
Picture-in-picture support will no doubt be a favorite new feature for some users but it's certainly not the only new change. The app also now supports adaptive icons which was also introduced with Android Oreo. This means that the icon for the Pocket Casts app will change shapes based on different factors, such as your launcher. In addition to PiP mode support and the adaptive icons, the update is also bringing support for Notification Channels, which will allow users to more finely tune the types of notifications they see from Pocket Casts when they come in, how often they see them and so forth. There are also a bunch of other improvements and changes that aren't Oreo-specific and will apply to all users, like images loading faster so you spend less time waiting. For those that follow specific podcasts on a regular basis, whenever one updates the notes for the show, the app will also update the notes at the same time so the user is getting an up to date view of them. Other smaller changes include improvements to the battery and background, and of course bug fixes to improve the performance of the app overall so it delivers a better user experience.