Remember Google Listen? Google’s podcast app for Android was killed off years ago, but in 2015, it’ll finally get a successor.
Google has announced that Google Play Music will soon support podcasts. That means that you’ll be able to search for and browse podcasts, and Google will also be using the same tech that crafts its contextual music playlists to recommend podcasts to you based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, and what you’re interested in.
Google isn’t saying when Play Music will begin supporting podcasts, only teasing that it’ll have more info to share in the “coming months.” The good news is that Google is now letting podcasters upload episodes so that when the service goes live, we’ll actually have something to listen to.
Here are some of the podcasters and networks that are already uploading shows to Google Play Music:
- Dan Carlin
- Dave Ramsey
- Feral Audio
- Gimlet Media
- Head Gum
- Loud Speakers Network
- Public Radio International
- Sideshow Network
- StarTalk Radio
- This Week in Tech
- Tim Ferriss
Podcast support in Google Play Music is a big deal. There’s no shortage of podcast apps already available on Android, but some folks may not want to try and sort through all of the options to find a good one. Google Play Music will let them use a built-in, quality app from Google to browse podcasts and get recommendations for new ones, giving the podcast scene a boost in the process.
Do you listen to podcasts on your Android device right now? If so, what’s your preferred podcast app?