Podcasts have always had an audience, albeit a niche one. However, the medium is hitting a new height of popularity, likely due to the fact that more and more users want to consume media while multitasking, like while driving, cooking, making play-dough moulds of your high-school friends, or whatever other weird things one does in the comfort of their home.
A few podcast-type apps exist already, but considering Google’s size and the amount of resources they can put into providing a decent service, them launching a podcast app is a pretty big deal for those who enjoy this kind of format.
After downloading the Podcasts app, a subscriber can listen to any of the available podcasts for free, and to make it more convenient, it comes with playback speed settings as well as the ability to skip over prolonged silences.
A benefit of being part of the Google stable is that Podcasts is compatible with Google Assistant, which will allow you to search for podcasts straight from the Assistant interface.
As with many of Google’s other apps, it can also be synced across different devices, so that with a single profile you’ll be able to keep track of which podcasts you’ve listened to and how far you’ve gotten will be tracked across any of your devices that have the app.
Google have also mentioned that they’re going to be using their AI and speech-to-text services to create a better podcast listening experience.
So if you’re a podcast fan head over to the Play Store to download it and see what’s on offer!