Google Podcasts

Discover and listen to the world's podcasts on Android.

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#4 Product of the MonthJune 2018

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.

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  • Pros: 

    Easy access to aggregated list of newly published episodes across your subscribed podcasts


    Finding "subscribe" button for a podcast needs several clicks. Don't see a button to cast podcast from the app to a chromecast device

    Like the white theme (compared to Google Music orange theme). Also like the thumbnails of your subscribed podcasts on the home screen. Would have liked if they would have made it easier to "sync" my completed and in-progress episodes from Google Music app. Similarly, would have been nice to not having to search, scroll, click, and finally subscribe to the podcast I have already subscribed to on Google Music app. Really liked the "popular with listeners of X podcast" section, it is usually difficult to find good podcasts, unless you are connected to a community that's big on listening to podcasts and making recommendations. For the trending podcasts section (as well as recommended podcasts), it would be good to see trending/recommendation engine to use insights from platforms beyond Google owned apps.

    Parth Acharya has used this product for one day.
  • Nic Acton
    Nic ActonSystems Engineer

    - It's Google so it could be very powerful... someday

    - It's free

    - Google's minimal design does look clean/fresh


    - Lack of many basic podcast app features, like episode sorting

    - Discovering new/trending podcasts is non-existent

    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.

    Nic Acton has used this product for one day.


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Zack Reneau-Wedeen
Zack Reneau-WedeenMaker@zackrw · Google Podcasts •
Zack here from Google Podcasts, a new Android app for discovering and listening to the world's podcasts. Over two billion people use Android, and we believe Google Podcasts can help double worldwide podcast listening over the next couple of years, primarily through seamless integration with the Google Assistant and AI-powered features starting with personalized recommendations. There is a full blog post detailing the announcement, as well as some PH-specific details below. Quick feature summary - Recommendations for new podcasts get more personalized as you use the app, based primarily on subscriptions and listening habits. - Progress is synced through the Google Assistant, so you can pause on your phone and resume on Google Home, and vice-versa. - Standard features like subscribing, downloading, and changing playback speed. App FAQ - Available globally in all 47 Play Store languages. - Over 2 million podcasts indexed. - No iOS app available today. - No change to the existing podcasts experience in Google Play Music. - Guidelines for podcasters Creator program We're also announcing a program to help promote inclusive storytelling in podcasting. As the industry continues to grow, it's especially important to help cultivate and empower diverse perspectives for an increasingly numerous and diverse listener base. There are additional details in the blog post, and we’ll be rolling out more specifics later this year. We encourage you to fill out the online form if you are interested.
Tim Knight
Tim Knight@codewithtim · Software Engineer, Tes
@zackrw Any plans for an iOS app?
Binoy Xavier Joy
Binoy Xavier Joy@binoyxj · Technology Evangelist | Artist 🎨
@zackrw Missing the blog post link. I guess this hunt went live earlier than expected :) @abadesi
Owen Williams
Owen Williams@ow · Building re:Charged.
@zackrw This is so fantastic, I just want to say that it's great to have some serious game from Google here in a space that was only Apple before today.
Benjamin Mock
Benjamin Mock@benjaminmock
@zackrw - "Available globally in all 47 Play Store languages." seems not to be correct. It's not available in Germany.
Roberto Filippi
Roberto Filippi@robertofilippi · Art Director @ PUSH.
@zackrw not available in Italy :(
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Glad to see you and team working on this, @zackrw. As you've mentioned before, FAR more people on iOS listen to podcasts in large part because of the pre-installed Apple podcast app. Good to see Google offering its own option to convert more people into listeners. 😉
Binoy Xavier Joy
Binoy Xavier Joy@binoyxj · Technology Evangelist | Artist 🎨
This is so cool. "Progress is synced through Google Assistant, so you can pause on your phone and resume on Google Home, and vice-versa."
Felix Boehme
Felix Boehme@felix_bohme · Founder of LeagueLobster
Is there a web version to continue listening on desktop?
Zack Reneau-Wedeen
Zack Reneau-WedeenMaker@zackrw · Google Podcasts •
@felix_bohme Not yet. I agree that would be useful though, especially since the cross-environment listening experience is so important for long-form content such as podcasts.
Jermiane Charles
Jermiane Charles@jermainecharles
@felix_bohme @zackrw This is the most important feature for me personally
Franco Petra 🕶
Franco Petra 🕶@francopetraz · Hacking @ Linhub
@felix_bohme @zackrw @jermainecharles Second that! Really frustrating to have to be using Itunes + G Podcasts
Josh Sabol
Josh Sabol@joshsabol46 · Founder @Spreely
My #1 problem with every. single. podcast. app. is the lack of discoverability *within* podcasts. When someone recommends a new podcast that has 300+ episodes, I want to immediately know which is the best shows to start off with. I want to be able to search for keywords within shows to see which episodes are right for me. If Google Podcasts can do this (and if they make it available for iOS), they'll have my business. @zackrw
Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn@patrickjmq · Podcast fanatic ~ Maker @Broadcast
@joshsabol46 I agree, and I’m not sure Googles offering solves this (does look pretty though huh??). I’ve been thinking about this problem a lot of late for Broadcast (my own podcast listening and social discovery app for iOS). Is being able to search for keywords in transcripts of the episode what you’re looking for?
Josh Sabol
Josh Sabol@joshsabol46 · Founder @Spreely
@patrickjmq Two examples of what I'm talking about: Recently, I was curious about why Peter Thiel's viewpoints are so controversial in Silicon Valley. Tried searching his name in Apple's Podcast app and Overcast. Results were useless. I had a friend recommend I listen to Acquired (shouts to @gilbert and @djrosent - love the content), but when I went to their page I had no idea where to start. They only had like 30 episodes at the time. This problem is way worse for older podcasts like @twistartups Hope that helps
Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn@patrickjmq · Podcast fanatic ~ Maker @Broadcast
@gilbert @djrosent @twistartups @joshsabol46 okay I see exactly what you’re talking about and you’ll be happy to know I’ve been working on a solution to both of the above. I’d love if you would use Broadcast and let me know if I’m fulfilling your needs or at least getting close.
Ben Gilbert
Ben Gilbert@gilbert · Co-Founder, Pioneer Square Labs
@patrickjmq @djrosent @twistartups @joshsabol46 Great call. We're considering recording a trailer to give some more info for people who stumble upon Acquired, but I agree - the tools are tough at the moment.