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TechnologyGoogle now lists playable podcasts in search results

13:00  10 may  2019
13:00  10 may  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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When users search for a podcast from the Google toolbar on the homescreen, one of the first results will list the three most recent episodes with info such as date, length, and descriptions. There is also a ‘More episodes’ button that will show the full list of playable podcasts . Tapping play will bring up

A regular Google search will yield podcasts you can play right from the Podcasts app. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET. Looking for a specific podcast ? You don't have to load Google Podcasts to run a search (although it has that capability, of course); just fire up Google like you normally would.

Google now lists playable podcasts in search results© Screenshot by Jon Porter / The VergeThe new search results show a podcast’s recent episodes and link directly to Google’s web player.

Google’s new podcast-focused search results have arrived in desktop browsers, after being announced earlier this week at Google I/O 2019. Searching for a podcast now shows you its three most recent episodes which can played directly in Google’s web player on podcasts.google.com. The functionality works across both desktop and mobile. It’s especially useful on iOS where a dedicated Google Podcasts app is yet to be released, as 9to5Google notes.

The web player, which was first spotted back in March, has a similar set of playback controls to the dedicated Google Podcasts app that launched on Android last year. You can skip forwards and backwards, control playback speed, and if you’re signed in with a Google Account then it should sync your playback across multiple devices. The biggest limitation is that the interface only lets you browse episodes from a single podcast, you can’t browse different podcasts from the site.

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Close search . Google apps. Main menu. Podcasts are free to download or stream, and you don’t need a subscription to Google Play Music to listen.

A new way to discover and listen to the world’s podcasts . Subscribe to any show for free and download episodes for offline listening. All your listening is automatically synced across devices so you can pause on one device and resume on another with the Google Assistant.

Google now lists playable podcasts in search results© Screenshot by Jon Porter / The Verge
The web player includes a basic set of podcast playback controls.

Google isn’t the only company to have launched a web-based podcast player recently. Back in April, Apple updated the web interface for Podcasts to allow it to play episodes directly, strengthening rumors that the company is planning on breaking up iTunes into separate Music, TV, and Podcast apps.

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