are starting to happen really exciting things on apps-for-Apple-Watch-front. Finally. Apps have become significantly better in Watch OS 3, and with the new dock, it is easier to find them. Recently, beta, we tested the long-awaited app Snowy (unfortunately delayed the official launch for a while). Now it's time for another kind of app that we really wanted to see a long time ago.
There are many good podcast apps for the iPhone out there, but few have an Apple Watch app that lets us sync pods locally to watch. Popular and recently updated Overcast Although a clock app, but it simply enables us to control the playback and start new pods from a playlist. Apple itself does not offer any Watch app at all, oddly enough.
And the podcast app that we recently wrote about, Watch Player, do indeed a good job, but it syncs not very good with the iPhone app. When for some reason we want to change the listening source starting at the latest, the Watch Player mobile application is not helpful. It allows us only sync and search pods – do not play them on mobile.
This is where Watchcast comes into the picture. Watchcast is a brand new app in the App Store, developed by a person who simply thought this app was missing (and we agree).
Watchcast good enough namely also as a podcast player in the iPhone app. The sections are kept in sync between the watch and phone, so that we can smoothly switch between. We stop in the middle of a section on the clock, we can easily pick it up again from your mobile phone, and continue from the same place. It can take a minute before playback time sync to the mobile app, but we will just remember to press the Cancel button on the playback clock before we change it works quickly and painlessly.
sync takes time
To synchronize the pods to the watch is made from the mobile. As the transfer is via Bluetooth, it is not particularly fast, 1:43 MB podcast took us just over six minutes to transmit. Unfortunately allow Watch Olympics not appmakare adds a progress bar, so we must be content to see a symbol spin and spin until it is clear.
One tip is to have your app at the clock running when we sync, it is slightly faster than letting it happen in the background. Another tip is to turn off automatically sync to the clock, at least for the pods we listen to. Then podcasts are ready for listening the next time we open the app.
Sync takes place from the tab in the iPhone app called Timeline. In the app, we also seek new pods to subscribe to and download, as well as keep track of which episodes are synced to the clock via the Watch tab.
The app is free, but we'll use the app as our only podcast app on the phone, we should buy the ability to subscribe to more pods. It costs 30 kronor. The free version only allows we subscribe to two pods (but we can search and download any number even in free app).