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Google app being updated with podcast management tool

The Google Play Store is home to tons of different podcast apps, but for whatever reason, Google still doesn't offer an out-of-the-box solution for Android. Sure, you can listen to them with Play Music, but the experience is embarrassingly barebones and leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, it looks like this is starting to change.

First spotted by Android Police, searching for a podcast from the Google app or from the Google Search widget and tapping on the "More episodes" tab will take you to a brand-new page dedicated for that podcast. You can subscribe to it, view past episodes, and add an icon for it right to your home screen.

However, that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you tap on the icon at the very top left, you're taken to screen titled "Podcasts" that shows any podcasts you're subscribed to, top and trending ones, top podcasts by category, and a card for continuing podcasts you were previously listening to.

Tapping the three dots in the top right lets you add a shortcut to this page on your home screen and change how your subscriptions appear at the top of it.

Once you start playing a podcast, you'll have controls for play/pause, jump 10 seconds back or 30 seconds forward, set the playback speed anywhere from 0.5x to 2x, and jump to any part in the episode using the progress bar.

This new podcasts page doesn't appear to be entirely rolled out just yet, but I've been able to use it just fine on my end. It's not quite as feature-rich as something like Pocket Casts, but it's already world's better than what's offered with Play Music.

Do you have access to this new podcasts page yet? If so, is it something you think you'll use? Let me know in the comments below!

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

15 Comments
  • But I already have Pocket Casts?
  • Pocket Casts is great! It is the (unofficial) default podcast player for Android!!!
  • Me, too... Can we use PocketCasts as a default app like when we click on an address or something?
  • It's about time Google offered it's own Podcast app, I currently use Podcast Player which for is the best Podcast app on Android.
  • Anyone remember Google Listen?Since they killed that I switched to pocketcasts.
  • Mine has an "ADD TO HOME SCREEN" button not a "SUBSCRIBE" button or icon. Otherwise it is the same. Does the podcast page formulated by the subscribe button allow you to see and play podcasts like pocket casts(with playlists)?
  • Pocket Casts does it all.
  • This is the same screen that I get when I use Google assistant to play my podcasts. I've been doing this since the pixel 2 was released.
  • Its nice but no download option....
  • Hmm this is very interesting.
  • How is Google this dysfunctional. Why do they have so many teams competing with each other in so many different categories. Put the teams together and make a synced list that can play across the ecosystem and stay in sync.
  • Will they play through Android Auto? I use Podcast Addict at the moment
  • It feels like it is hard to discover! Why not a proper app?
  • Maybe what will be finally be addressed is the ability to download podcasts for offline listening on a smartwatch.
  • I never understood whats podcast are and for which they are needed. I did not miss anything. Its more a hype about nothing. If there would be any demand then google would be at place already.