Previously, those who use iOS were unable to explore the offerings of Google Podcasts on their phones. This is changing! Product Manager of Google Podcasts, Zach Reneau-Wedeen, made a post on The Keyword announcing that Google Podcasts is now available on iOS. It will roll out to Android this week.
…We’ve redesigned the Google Podcasts app to make it easier to discover podcasts you’ll love, build your list of go-to podcasts, and customize your listening. To support listeners on more platforms, we’re also bringing Google Podcasts to iOS for the first time and adding support for subscriptions on Google Podcasts for Web. Regardless of the platform you’re using, your listening progress will sync across devices, and you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off.
The new app is designed around three tabs: Home, Explore and Activity. The Home features a feed of new episodes and gives you quick access to your subscribed shows. When you select an episode you want to listen to, you’ll now see topics or people covered in that podcast, and you can easily jump to Google Search to learn more.
In the Explore tab, “For you” displays new shows and episode recommendations related to your interests, and you can browse popular podcasts in categories such as comedy, sports, and news. You’ll be able to control personalized recommendations from the Google Podcasts settings, which are accessible right from the Explore tab.
The Activity tab will display your listen history, queued up episodes, and downloads. For each show in your subscriptions, you can now enable automatic downloading and/or push notifications for when new episodes come out.
Google announced that Google Podcasts is now available on Android. This is something that many podcasters have been wanting. Google published a blog post about it on June 19, 2018.
Today, we’re releasing the Google Podcasts app for Android, available globally in the Play Store. Integrated with the Google Assistant across your devices, and packed with personalized recommendations, Google Podcasts is designed to make it easier than ever for Android users to discover and listen to podcasts. We’re also announcing a partnership with industry experts to improve diversity in podcast creation, and sharing a peek at how AI can help transform podcasting for the better.
With Google Podcasts, you can listen and subscribe to any podcast. Beyond the podcasts you already know, Google Podcasts uses AI to offer recommendations based on your listening habits – such as your interest in sports or true crime, or podcasts from a particular network.
Google Podcast syncs across a variety of Google products, including the Google Assistant. This means that if you listen to a podcast on your phone during your commute home, you can resume it on your Google Home when you arrive.
The blog post includes a section about how podcasters can optimize for Google. To ensure inclusion in the Google Podcasts app, creators should follow Google’s updated developer guidelines. A few new sections have been included in their developer guidelines that cover how to:
- Prompt Google to index new podcasts as quickly as possible
- Generate a direct link to your podcast
- Download the Google Podcasts brand assets for sharing on your website
- Track analytics that come from Google Podcasts