Google Adding Features To Aid Finding And Listening To Podcast Episodes In Search, Assistant

Posted by at 6:33 am on August 13, 2019

Google┬áis starting to roll out new features in Search, Assistant, and its Google Podcasts app to make it easier to find and listen to relevant podcasts. Starting today, including the word “podcasts” in a search will bring up a new section with playable podcast results.

Soon, Google will surface playable podcast results for certain searches even without using the “podcasts” keyword. Later this year, Google will make the same function available when searching using Google Assistant.

For example, when you say :

“Hey Google, play a podcast about Marie Curie,”

Google will suggest relevant episodes for you. Google syncs listening progress, so you can start a podcast, and pick up where you left off in Google Podcasts.

Google is also working with podcasters to let them specify where their podcasts are available, to help surface non-free podcast content.

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