The updated Podcasts app, IMO, is an improvement - with the additional My Stations options, I can finally recreate the "play all podcasts in chronological order" feature that was missing in the most recent versions before the current version. But the current version did seem to take something away - the app icon badge showing the number of unplayed podcasts. There is no longer an app icon badge showing how many unplayed episodes are remaining. I did make sure to turn the app icon badge on for Podcasts in the Notification settings, so I don't think that's the problem. I manage my podcast subscriptions entirely on iTunes on the computer (subscriptions and downloads on the iOS device are off), download the podcast episodes in iTunes, and then sync through iTunes to my iOS device, and listen to the episodes on my iOS device. Could that have a bearing on the badge not showing up?