Almost three years after launching an official podcast player for Android, Google is finally bringing its online radio app to iOS. Google Podcasts works like most other podcast apps – subscribe to your favorite shows, explore recommendations, and browse shows by category, such as comedy, news, sports, and more.
“We’ve redesigned the Google Podcasts app to make it easier to find the podcasts you’ll love, build your list of favorite podcasts, and personalize how you listen,” Product Manager Zack Reneau-Wedeen wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “Whichever platform you use, your listening progress will sync across all devices and you can pick up where you left off.”
Start an episode on your smart kitchen speaker as you cook dinner, then pick up where you left off on your iPhone during a relaxing soak; Multi-device listening means you’ll never miss a beat. Unless you specifically chose it by changing the playback speed or skipping silences.
The new application is organized around three tabs: Home offers new episodes and offers easy access to shows to which you have subscribed; Explore displays recommendations related to your interests; and Activity highlights listening history, queued episodes, and downloads. You can also access Google Search and Assistant to discover new content.
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Originally announced in October 2015, Google Play Music’s podcast service didn’t arrive on Android devices until June 2018, featuring content from NPR, Radiolab, The New York Times, Slate, Nerdist, and more. And while app stores are already teeming with third-party podcast players, Google aims to engage listeners with its unique AI recommendations based on your listening habits. Apple released a standalone podcast app for iOS in 2012, which reached one billion subscribers a year later.
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