Best Podcasts For Android | Podcast Apps

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There are so many podcasts for Android available on Google Play nowadays to make any podcast addict swoon. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming, even downright daunting to choose. To help you narrow down your choices, here’s a list of the best tech podcasts and podcast apps you can download on your Android device!

Podcasts For Android | Best Podcasts and Podcast Apps


Best Tech Podcasts

1. The Mission Podcast

This tech podcast gives you updates on current events, tech innovations, and scientific studies. Founder and CEO Chad Grills created The Mission to help people become “healthier, wealthier, and wiser” consumers of information.

2. Future Tense Podcast

Future Tense is another great tech podcast you can tune into. The episodes provide commentary on how we can improve our way of approaching new technologies and even ideas.

3. American Innovations Podcast

As its name implies, this podcast focuses on telling the story of how great American inventions came to be. Each American Innovations episode is hosted by Steven Johnson, author of the bestselling book entitled How We Got To Now. Johnson’s immersive storytelling helps you get to know more about the people behind the inventions, too!

4. Internet of Things (IoT) Podcast

In this podcast, host Stacey Higginbotham talks about the Internet of Things. Specifically, she discusses the effects and implications of having all our devices connected to each other through the Internet in an educational yet entertaining way.

5. Analog(ue) Podcast

Analog(ue) sets itself apart from other tech podcasts because of its unusual theme. Instead of talking about the technical side of technology and gadgets, like most tech podcasts do, hosts Casey Liss and Myke Hurley talk about how these devices make us feel. They also discuss the ways in which technology has changed our lives, be it for better or worse.

6. TechDirt Podcast

TechDirt is an in-your-face and no-holds-barred podcast about issues surrounding technology. From its episodes, you’ll learn the nitty-gritty of today’s tech policies and laws. The podcast also discusses the moral and ethical issues brought about by the onset of the digital world.


Best Podcast Apps 

1. Spotify

Despite being the most popular music streaming app to date, not a lot of people know that Spotify also has a podcast library. Nevertheless, you can use this app to browse through thousands of podcasts under different categories, including:

  • Lifestyle
  • News
  • Comedy
  • Sports & Recreation

Spotify also uses your preferences to recommend new podcasts you may be interested in. And, if you upgrade your account to Spotify Premium, you can save your favorite podcasts and listen to them offline.

Features: featured podcasts, podcast categories, favorite episodes, create playlists, and shuffle play mode

Rating: 4.5/5 on Google Play

Price: Downloading and using the app to listen to podcasts is free, but you can upgrade to Spotify Premium, which opens up more features.

2. SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an online platform where users can upload, listen, and share sound files within their own social network. As with most music apps, SoundCloud allows you to stream and save your favorite tracks and playlists right on your Android phone.

In the past few years, many content creators have also been using SoundCloud to make their podcasts available online. The app is relatively simple to use and easy to navigate through. This makes finding your favorite podcasts or discovering new ones a breeze.

Features: upload original sound recordings, create dedicated playlists, and stream audio online

Rating: 4.5/5 on Google Play

Price: Downloading and using the app to listen to podcasts is free, but you can upgrade to paid Pro plans which open up more SoundCloud features.

3. Google Podcasts

As its name implies, Google Podcasts is the tech giant’s very own app dedicated to streaming podcasts. The app’s library boasts of access to over two million podcasts and counting.

Similar to how Google designs most of its own apps, Google Podcasts has a sleek and minimalist interface. You can even make the app respond to voice commands by linking it to Google Assistant. Signing in with your Google account also allows you to sync your saved podcasts across all your Android device.

Features: variable playback speed, skip forward over silences, podcast history tracking, and customizable podcast preference

Rating: 3.4/5 on Google Play

Price: Free

4. Castbox

Castbox is the newest podcast app on this list. It’s a free app that grants you access to more than 50 million podcasts from all over the world.

It is also pretty simple to use, given its clean and straightforward interface. Though the app provides a huge assortment of new and trending podcasts, navigating through the app’s podcast library is manageable.

Features: online podcast streaming, offline viewing mode, channel subscription, and varied playback and fast-forward options

Rating: 4.7/5 on Google Play

Price: Free

5. Podcast Addict

Podcast Addict allows you to stream and manage online podcasts. The app even supports video podcasts, online radio stations, and audiobooks.

Podcast Addict also lets you adjust your automatic download settings. This feature is especially useful for Android users that don’t have an unlimited data plan.

Features: podcast keyword search, new/top/trending podcast browsing, variable playback and skip option, and shuffle/loop/sleep podcast play mode

Rating: 4.6/5 on Google Play

Price: Free

6. RadioPublic

Like Castbox, RadioPublic is a relative newcomer in the market of podcasts for Android. Despite being new to the scene, this app has some amazing features. For example, the app employs Podcast Librarians to help you discover new and trending podcasts. It even hosts over 300,000 podcasts and 15 million episodes in different languages.

The app has “Smart Folders” that help you organize your favorite podcast episodes. RadioPublic also has a tap-and-play function which lets you stream podcasts without needing to download them on your Android phone.

Features: Smart Folders, Podcast Librarians, offline mode, personal continuous playlist, and tap-and-play option

Rating: 3.9/5 on Google Play

Price: Free

7. Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is a popular podcast app among Android users. It has a user-friendly interface you can customize with light and dark themes depending on your preference. The app also lets you control your streaming preferences so you don’t go over your data cap.

Having a Pocket Casts account lets you access the app through any Android device. It even syncs your recent activity and saved podcasts across all platforms so you can resume your listening right where you left it.

Features: fully featured playback, 30-second skip increments, and full-screen mode

Rating: 4.6/5 on Google Play

Price: one-time subscription fee of $4

Want to know more about the different podcast apps for Android? Watch the video below by TechJunkie to learn more:

These podcast apps for Android can help you catch up on your favorite on-demand Internet radio talks and discover the best podcasts of today. These apps can even help you find new podcasts and radio shows to get into. Go on and install these apps on your phone now so you’ll never miss an episode again!

Which Android podcast app on this list do you have or are planning to have on your phone? Tell us in the comments section below!

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