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Google finally made a Podcast app for Android devices

Available now on the Google Play Store.

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There’s a new podcast app available for Android users. Google Podcasts has arrived from the mothership and is available on the Google Play Store.

The free app integrates with Google Assistant across your devices and offers personalized recommendations. In announcing Google Podcasts, the company also noted a new partnership with industry experts to improve diversity in podcast creation.

As they explain:

With Google Podcasts, you can listen and subscribe to any podcast, including popular shows like The Daily, Cyrus Says, Modern Love, Lage der Nation, The Bill Simmons Podcast, and literally millions more. Beyond the podcasts you already know, Google Podcasts uses AI to offer recommendations based on your listening habits—such as your interest in sports or true crime, or podcasts from a particular network.

Google Podcasts seamlessly syncs across a variety of Google products, including the Google Assistant. So if you’re listening to a podcast on your phone during your commute home, you can resume it on your Google Home when you arrive. Over time, we’ll integrate Google Podcasts into more places you use Google.

Features include:

  • Recommendations for new podcasts get more personalized as you use the app, based primarily on subscriptions and listening habits.
  • Progress is synced through the Google Assistant, so you can pause on your phone and resume on Google Home, and vice-versa.
  • Standard features like subscribing, downloading, and changing playback speed.

Looking forward, Google has big AI-related plans for the app.

For example, as speech-to-text technology continues to improve, we’ll be able to provide new features like automatic subtitling, which is especially helpful if you are hearing impaired or in a noisy area without headphones. Powered by Google Translate, subtitles can then be made available in a wide variety of languages, further improving access to podcasts.

You can download Google Podcasts at this link.

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