After months of rumours it appears like Google Podcasts is ready for prime time. This'll likely steal some people away from third-party apps.
I suppose Android was due for a basic podcast app fairly soon, with Apple providing a standard offering for iPhone. Like Apple's app, this app leaves a lot to be desired.
As an avid podcast listener, I jumped on the Pocket Casts train some time ago so admittedly Google had a large hill to climb in order to get me to change to their app. Currently there are additions/changes they would need to implement to get me to move over to their platform:
- Currently there is no web or PC offering, this is very valuable to me as a coffee shop nomad
- It's too minimalist, lacking many basic like queuing up episodes or sorting from oldest to newest
- This idea of integrating experiences into your podcast sounds interesting, but many other platforms are being acquired and currently in this battle for what format this will look like. I have no reason to believe Google will win out for this one.