Google Podcasts: A free app for Podcast lovers

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 with the size because the GP doesn’t work on a device that doesn’t have the Google app (GA). You can say that GP functions as a key that unlocks podcasts hidden by the Google application.

Is GP a better app that other podcast streaming services on the Play Store? Let’s find it out!

Features/review

Account registration: The app doesn’t ask users to register a new account. However, if you open the GA 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 which you can use to find podcasts by name.

GP 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.

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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 detail’s section.

While GP 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 GP. If the track you’re searching for isn’t available in Google’s library, you can search it on the web with the GP application.

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This I liked

Sound quality: The audio playback quality is great. If the tracks are lengthy, the app 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, GP arranges episodes by the decreasing order of their episode number.

Smart resume: If you stop playing the podcast in middle, you can resume it later in GP.

Things I didn’t like

GP gives you access to a large collection of podcasts, but it lacks the following basic features:

Rating System: You can’t rate episodes in GP. 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 GP.

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: GP is a great application to find and listen to podcasts. Its search utility works like a charm.

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