The much-awaited Google Podcasts app is now available for download on the Google Play Store. The new Android application harnesses the power of Google search to bring high-quality podcasts to your phone. Its size is 667 KB. Well, don’t be surprised by the size because Google Podcasts doesn’t work on a device that doesn’t have the Google app (GA). You can say that Google Podcasts functions as a key that unlocks podcasts hidden by the Google application.
Is the Google Podcasts application worth using? Let’s find it out!
Account registration: The app doesn’t ask users to register a new account. However, if you open the Google app and tap on the menu icon (denoted by three horizontal bars), you’ll find that you’re logged in to your Google account.
Interface: The app displays a list of most played, downloaded, and trending tracks on its main interface. It also flaunts a search option that you can use to find podcasts by name.
Google Podcasts downloads the episodes to your device so that you can listen to it without turning on the mobile data or WiFi connection. You can configure the application to delete the episodes automatically after 24 or 7 days. The option for the same is located in the app’s settings interface. If you’re a podcast addict, select an appropriate option else your storage memory will be full quickly.
Once you select a podcast, the app will open a new interface that displays:
- Option to subscribe to the podcast.
- A list of episodes.
- A brief description of the author.
To see the details of the episode, tap its name and to stream it, tap the play icon. The app will display an option to download the track, description, and length of the episode in its “Details” section.
When the application plays the episode, only the play/pause option will be visible on the phone’s screen. The other playback control options are hidden. To see them, the user must tap the player.
Google Podcasts allows you to control the audio playback speed. It lets you pause/resume the playback. You can skip 30 seconds of playback or rewind the track by 10 seconds in Google Podcasts. If the track you’re searching for isn’t available in Google’s library, you can search it on the web with the Google application.
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This I liked
Sound quality: The audio playback quality is great. If the tracks are lengthy, GP will consume just 20 to 30 megabytes of mobile data.
No sorting option: You won’t miss this feature because the app displays the episode number beside its name. Also, Podcasts arranges episodes by the decreasing order of their episode number.
Smart resume: If you stop playing the podcast in the middle, you can resume it later in Google Podcasts.
Things I didn’t like
The app gives you access to a large collection of podcasts, but it lacks the following basic features:
Rating System: You can’t rate episodes in Google Podcasts. The user must listen to the track for a few minutes to know whether it’s worth listening or not.
Filters: A category can have several subcategories. You’re not allowed to filter podcast by sub-category.
Comment: Music streaming sites and applications allow users to leave a comment on the tracks. This is not the case with Podcasts by Google.
Theme: GP employs the white background/black text theme. It doesn’t support UI customization.
If GP gets the above features in the upcoming updates, it will be the best podcast app on the Play Store.
Conclusion: Podcasts by Google is a great application to find and listen to podcasts. Its search utility works like a charm.
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