Agora is a podcast player that allows you to manage your content easily, stay tuned to each new update of your subscriptions and expand your catalogue discovering new content, but this is not everything…
- Smart Playlists.
- Proximity sensor: Bring the cell phone to your ear and the episode will play.
- Timer: Select the time you want the playback to stop.
- Podcast speed control: Increases the audio tempo and saves time to listen to more episodes.
- Siri Shortcuts integration
- Save subscriptions backup to iCloud automatically.
- Manage your activity like a TODO app.
- Custom themes (day, night and dynamic).
- Rich notifications.
- Playback stats
- Simple gesture-based design to explore the app.
- Quick access with 3D Touch.
Agora has been crafted focusing on the little details and simplicity, and it would be much better if you help me with your feedback or suggestions.
Thanks for being part of this journey.
- Scrolling lag fixed
- Episodes position on playlist fixed
- Better performance and less battery impact
- Better remote control
Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful but 2 feature requests
This is one of the most beautifully designed apps on the store. It takes a little bit to get used to all the shortcuts but it’s definitely worth it in my opinion. There are, however, three minor features missing that I think would make this app perfect. The first is something that I have been looking for in a podcast app for a while- autoplay from the most recent podcast with unlistened episodes when the queue (or playlist as it’s called in this app) is empty. This used to be on the native podcasts app but apple took it out for some reason. The second is a quick option to swipe right on an episode to add it to the playlist. I know you can swipe left and then tap the button, but that’s pretty slow- and it really adds up when you’re scrolling through your podcasts to build a queue to listen to. The last one is the ability to organize your grid of podcasts. By default, it’s done alphabetically, but I would like to drag my most listened to podcasts to the top. Overall though my experience with this app is amazing.
Looks and works like a beautiful mock-up
The app is beautiful, albeit clunky and lacking features. While other podcast apps allow manual refresh, I have to just wait and hope Agora will load in the most recent podcasts. (Update: it turns out I needed to pull to refresh in the library section, not very intuitive in my experience) It also doesn’t allow for changing skip increments from 30s forward and back. Actions feel buried under multiple gestures and it’s easy to loose your sense of space while browsing podcasts in the library. Overall the learning curve is relatively high because Agora does not follow common design pattens in iOS. On top of this, Agora’s on-boarding process only uses text, it’s difficult to just figure out how things work. Otherwise, there is a lot of thoughtful haptic feedback, dark mode based on screen brightness, and a now playing queue which works great.
All in all, this is a beautiful app, but it needs attention with regard to user experience. I’m looking forward to seeing how this app progresses.
Good, almost great
Agora is one of the most enjoyable podcast apps I’ve used. It makes allowances for an eclectic approach to listening to and archiving podcasts, and it’s abundantly colorful which few apps dare to be. For the time being, I will not continue using it, however. The lack of a full screen player just feels... uncomfortable, for some reason, and it doesn’t have silence trimming or volume adjustment filters like similarly priced podcast apps tout. Moreso, the lack of an Apple CarPlay app makes the decision for me. I don’t know how much of that is a decision on the developer’s part or Apple’s part, so I don’t fault them for not having a CarPlay app. While I won’t be using the app, I’ll keep it on my phone and watch update notes to see how it progresses and ideally I would love to switch to it if it ever receives an update with a CarPlay app. Its beauty outweighs its missing features, and CarPlay is the deciding factor for me.
- Javi Perez
- 7.5 MB
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, German, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Javi Perez
- In-App Purchases
- Let's have coffee $0.99
- Cafeteria $0.99
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