Google released the eponymouson Tuesday, responding to the prayers of many Android users who no longer rely on Google Play Music to listen and manage podcasts.
If You're New If you're planning podcasts or just want to try Google podcasts to see how it compares to other apps, here are some tips to help you get the most out of it.
Start here, stop there
If you own more than one Google device – not just Android phones, but also Tablets and Google Home ($ 129 at Crutchfield) Speakers – You'll appreciate it: You can start a podcast on one device and then another on where you left off. You do not have to do anything special – the Podcasts app automatically tracks your listening progress.
Adjust the playback speed
Too many podcasts to listen to and not enough time? With the Google Podcasts app, you can adjust the playback speed so you can watch broadcasts faster. Fortunately, the pitch stays the same, so voices still sound normal.
While listening to a podcast, go to the Player controls, and then tap the 1.0x icon in the lower-left corner. This will display a speed slider that will allow you to set your preferred multiplier. I recommend starting with 1.1x or 1.2x, just to see how you like it. You can always jump up if you want to go faster. (Do you want to decrease the speed? You can also move the control in that direction.)
Download episodes for offline listening
Get ready to jump on a flight? You may want to download some podcasts first. And you have to do this manually by tapping on any episode and then clicking on the download icon. You can see all available episodes in the Downloads section on the home page.
Search from outside the app
Looking for a specific podcast? You do not need to load Google Podcasts to perform a search (although this feature is available, of course). Just start Google the way you normally would.
Assuming that there is a match in the search results, you can tap on an episode and instantly land on podcasts, where you can subscribe to all the other app-specific things. 19659015] Use Another Podcast Manager
Let's be honest, although Google podcasts are likely to improve over time, it's currently extremely limited.
For example, as noted above, it may not automatically download new episodes of your subscribers Podcasts – you must manually retrieve each
The app also does not support playlists, offers no global settings for most features, no auto or night modes etc.
So, if you are indeed new to podcasts, you may appreciate a more comprehensive app. Some great tips are Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts and Podcast Go.
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