Google has announced a new Podcast app, called “Google Podcasts” that will use Google’s recommendation algorithms in an effort to connect people with shows they might enjoy based on their listening habits. Google says the company expects Podcasts to bring the form to hundreds of millions of new listeners around the world.
“There’s still tons of room for growth when it comes to podcast listening,” said Zack Reneau-Wedeen, product manager on the app. This standalone app for podcasts “could as much as double worldwide listenership of podcasts overall,” he added.
Google Podcasts is no different from any other podcast app. It lets you search for new podcasts, download them, and play them at your convenience. More than 2 million podcasts will be available on the app on launch day, Google says, including “all of the ones you’ve heard of.”
A section called ‘For You’ will show you new episodes of shows you’ve subscribed to, episodes you’ve been listening to but haven’t finished, and a list of your downloaded episodes. Scroll down, and you’ll see top and trending podcasts, both in general and by category.
Google integrated the Google Assistant with the Podcasts Apo which means you can search for and play podcasts wherever you have Assistant enabled. All of your data will be synced and you can resume your podcasts on any of your Google Account connected devices.
In the coming months, Google plans to add a suite of features to Podcasts that are powered by artificial intelligence. One feature will add closed captions to your podcast, so you can read along as you listen. It’s a feature that could be useful to people who are hard of hearing or for anyone who is listening in a noisy environment.
Google has made it clear that it plans to focus its future efforts around podcasting in the standalone app.
The Android app can be downloaded by clicking on the button below. There are no plans for an iOS app though.