Published On: Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016

Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent


Google announced a skeleton to support podcasts in Google Play final October, and now it appears that a underline is prepared to launch. A handful of users are reporting they’re saying a new Podcasts territory cocktail adult in their Google Play Music app’s left-side navigation menu, underneath a territory for Top charts, New releases, and their Music Library.

This is clearly not a wide-scale rollout during this time, as most still do not see a Podcasts section themselves. Plus, Google has not nonetheless done a grave proclamation about a launch, that it is expected to do when podcast support is live for a infancy of users, or shortly being switched on.

However, for those who do have entrance to podcasts, they report it as looking most like a rest of a Play Music app, with a card-style blueprint and orange tone scheme. One tipster told a Android Police blog that a show’s pages also embody their artwork, and a clickable “play” symbol as good as options to subscribe, share a show, or perspective a list of episodes.

They common a few images of what a territory looks like, as well:

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Image credits: Android Police

Users contend that when we subscribe, you’re asked if we want to download a final 5 episodes and be told about new releases.

Meanwhile, while listening to shows, we have a choice to click on buttons that rewind a uncover behind by 30 seconds or skip ahead.

One particularly blank underline is a choice to change a podcast’s speed – a apparatus that energy users mostly rest on when listening to educational audio programs, where it’s some-more about interesting a information, and reduction about resting enjoying a show.

It’s somewhat implausible that it has taken this prolonged for Google to support a renouned party genre in a Music service, a opposition to Apple’s iTunes.

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However, Google did guarantee that it would offer a singular spin on podcast recommendations. Last fall, a association pronounced that it would bond new listeners to shows formed on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, or other interests, identical to a contextual playlists for music.

It’s misleading if or how this has been implemented in a territory that users are saying now, as a interface itself appears to be a flattering basic, two-tab event – there’s a territory for Featured podcasts and another for Your Podcasts.

Users can also hunt or crop to find other titles.

The news of a territory going live for some comes on a heels of an random trickle about the timing of a podcast platform’s launch.

According to a now-deleted twitter from former Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, Google Play will be rising podcasts after this month. He pronounced this yesterday in a context of compelling his possess show, a Bill Simmons Podcast. Droid-life managed to screengrab a twitter before it disappeared:

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We’ve asked Google if it can criticism on a standing of a rollout, given these reports, and will refurbish if a statement is provided.

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