Google launches native Podcasts app for Android

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Available globally as a free download from the Play Store, Google Podcasts now features integration with the Google Assistant.

Over time, Google plans to integrate Google Podcasts “into more places you use Google.” Additionally, the company is using AI to recommend podcasts based on listening habits.

Speech-to-tech innovation will eventually provide automatic subtitling of audio shows. Further upgrades include Google Translate, meaning subtitles will eventually be available in a variety of languages.

In a blog post, the company added: “Podcasting holds unbounded promise as a storytelling medium, but its future depends on a rich array of stories, voices, and creators. While there are more podcasts than ever before, there continues to be an imbalance in who is creating them. Looking at top charts, only about a quarter of the most popular podcasts tend to be hosted by women, and even fewer by people of color.”

Google further notes, “That’s why we’re also partnering with the podcast industry on a program to increase the diversity of voices and remove barriers to podcasting. The program will be guided by an advisory board from around the world, with the primary goal of enabling skills development and experimentation from underrepresented voices, as well as cultivating ideas and processes that can scale throughout the industry. We’ll be rolling out more details this summer, and we encourage you to fill out the online form if you are interested.”