Google launches its own Podcasts app to match Apple and adds AI-powered recommendations

Mail Online | 6/20/2018 | Aaron Brown For Mailonline
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Google has launched a dedicated podcast app for Android smartphones — to rival a similar application bundled with Apple’s iOS operating system since 2012.

The Google Podcast app is now available to download free for users worldwide and supports 47 different languages.

Syncs - Playback - Devices - Android - Users

The new app syncs playback across devices, allowing Android users to pause on their smartphone, and immediately pick-up the episode from the same point on their Google Home smart speaker.

Google has pledged to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the app over time, promising the version of Podcasts available today is ‘just the beginning’.

Product - Manager - Google - Podcasts - Zack

Product Manager for Google Podcasts, Zack Reneau-Wedeen said: ‘Whether we’re listening to history lessons on the commute, news stories at the gym, or gripping mysteries while preparing dinner, podcasts have become an essential part of life.

More than 2 million podcasts are available inside the app on launch day, Google has confirmed.

Company - Podcasts - Listeners - Shows

The company has designed its new Podcasts app to help listeners discover new shows.

The software uses AI to recommend new podcasts based on past listening habits within the app – surfacing shows created by the same network, or those on a similar topic, like sport or true crime.

Google - Podcasts - Houses - Suggestions

Google Podcasts has a dedicated For You tab which houses these show suggestions.

It also contains the latest episodes from podcasts users have subscribed to, as well as any unfinished shows.

Launch - Podcasts - Google - Ability - Users

With the launch of Podcasts, Google has added the ability for users to play podcast episodes directly from within its Search app on Android.

So, users who are searching the web for a podcast they’ve heard good things about can sample the show – or listen to an entire episode – without leaving the search results page.

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Individual podcast episodes can be downloaded within the Google Podcasts app for offline playback, like on an international flight, or a commute on the Underground.

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