While Google Search gained a podcast directory in 2016, it was not until earlier this year that the company seemed to fully commit, especially after a false start with Play Music. Since March, Google has been rapidly iterating on the feature and today is officially launching Google Podcasts.
Google Podcasts Stories Today
We’ve been learning more and more about Google’s vision for podcasts over the past several months and recently, we uncovered that an official Podcasts app would finally be hitting the Play Store. Now, ahead of its official launch, Google Podcasts has been detailed in full.
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Google Podcasts Stories June 12
Over the weekend, we enabled a handful of upcoming design tweaks and features for the Google Podcasts experience within the Google app. These changes, including dedicated episode pages, are now rolling out today to beta users.
Google Podcasts Stories June 9
Version 8.7 of the Google app rolled out yesterday detailing an upcoming “Google Podcast” app, and provided more details about the company’s upcoming updates. Since then, we’ve enabled the latest iteration of Assistant’s visual refresh expected later this year, as well as a new interface for the Podcasts app.
Google Podcasts Stories June 8
The latest Google app beta is rolling out this morning with details about two key features. First is some sort of standalone “Google Podcasts” app, while the second is more about the company’s upcoming 2018 World Cup coverage. Version 8.7 also provides more insight about Assistant smart displays ahead of next month’s launch.