The Google Search app for Android is getting an update that will allow users to play podcast directly from search results. This comes on the heels of Google Play Music adding support for podcasts on the web as well as in the Google Play Music app.
And it's exactly as easy as you'd think. If a podcast shows in the search results, you'll hit the play button and listen.
To try it out, search for a podcast and you'll see three recent episodes, a play button for each, and an option to see more episodes. Podcasts are available globally in English. With controls at the bottom of your screen to play/pause, rewind or fast-forward, you'll be free to browse the web on your phone while you listen -- or even turn off your screen. The podcast will keep playing in the background until you're done.