Pocket Casts for Android lets you see what people near you are listening to

If you use Android and love podcasts, chances are good you've stumbled upon the Pocket Casts app. It's well-designed, easy to use and includes a host of excellent features to help you discover new podcasts. Today, developer Shifty Jelly is adding another new discovery option, and it's a rather unconventional one: Pocket Casts now includes a "Nearby" feature that shows you what other users near you are listening to. If you go to the "Discover" tab in Pocket Casts and tab on "Nearby," you'll see the top podcasts being listened to by others who've enabled this sharing feature. You'll also see what shows you have in common with other users near you (chances are good you'll be seeing Serial pop up a lot here).

How useful this feature will be remains to be seen -- it'll only work with other Android users listening to Pocket Casts at any given moment, leaving iOS users out in the cold. Fortunately, Shifty Jelly says it is working on bringing a "massive" update to its iOS app in the near future. This Nearby feature seems like a shoo-in for that update, and we're hoping that it'll let you see anything Pocket Cast users are playing -- regardless of which OS they're using. Until then, the latest version of Pocket Casts for Android is available in the Google Play store for $3.99.