Google Podcast is coming of age—adding more of those features one would naturally want to see in a modern podcast app/service. We were actually not as impressed as we thought we would when Google Podcast was first launched, but things have pretty much changed since then with loads of improvements and additions. Just last week Google Podcast welcomed an important addition—individual episodes in search results.
This new update replaces the previous arrangement where search in Google Podcast was general and only shows that match your queries were made available. Going forward, the in-app search will find and list specific episodes in response to your queries. You will now be able to find current topic or “rediscover” previous ones you have listened to.
Episodes search was initially only available to 1 percent of users at the start of last week, but that appears to have changed right now with more people gaining access to the feature, according to 9to5google.
A search from the top-left corner of Google Podcast will reveal new “Episode results” section. Google will list five episodes or thereabouts with brief descriptions, while a “More” button at the bottom will show a longer listing.
Last year, Google added the ability to share shows and episodes directly. Sharing was not only limited to podcast publishers with Google creating a tool to generate a direct link where a feed URL can be entered. This seriously hampered the growth of the app as many podcasters and users alike preferred other apps that gave them more advanced options.
The share button can be found in the overflow icon of the Android version of the app. In the top-right corner of a podcast or specific episode, you will find a Share button that can now be used as intended. The Share button, which was added a couple of weeks ago, opens the share sheet to copy link, send directly to other apps, or via Direct Share contact.
While generated URL works best on mobile, generated links can also work fine on desktop or iOS as users can still manually search and find the episode. Google added Cast support to Podcast last September to allow users Cast to supported devices like Google Home or Chromecast. This solved a lot of issues, especially as you will no longer be required to Cast through the notification shade.
Unlike many other available podcasts, Google Podcast is integrated with the increasingly popular artificial intelligence. No surprise there actually, especially if you have been following the trend with Google lately. The company has been going full throttle in terms of integrating its apps with AI.
Podcasters will be able to discover and listen to podcasts from several broadcasters across the world. With Google Podcast, you will be able to subscribe to any show for free and download your favorite episodes for your offline listening.