Pocket Casts, one of our favorite podcast apps here at Android Authority, has just received a big update to version 5.2, which is rolling out now in the Google Play Store. Alongside a handful of bug fixes, version 5.2 of the app brings a new Nearby tab that will allow users to easily discover what other folks around them are listening to.

The Nearby tab can be found in the Discover section of the app. Once you navigate to the new tab, you’ll need to grant Pocket Casts access to your device’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, which will allow it to communicate with other Nearby devices. The Nearby tab is powered by Google’s recently-announced Nearby API that lets mobile devices communicate with one another based on proximity.

Once you opt-in to the Nearby feature, Pocket Casts will begin searching for other Android Pocket Casts users around you. If anyone is close by, you’ll be able to see what they’re listening to. You can even subscribe to their podcasts right from the Nearby page.

If you’re interested, take a look at the full changelog below to get all of the details:

  • Have you ever wondered what podcasts the people around you listen to? Your friends? Classmates? Even those pesky co-workers of yours? Well wonder no more! Open the Discover section, tap on Nearby, get them to do the same and find out. Warning: may cause relationship breakups.
  • Fixes:
    • Animation issues with the play/pause button in the mini player
    • You can now download an episode that is streaming from the episode overflow menu
    • Fixed issue with grid and missing artwork
    • Download issues

The update is now rolling out in the Google Play Store, so head to the link below to grab the latest version!

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