When you use Google Podcasts to search for podcasts, you can directly launch into the Podcasts app, and it will offer customized recommendations in the right. Google has taken the wraps off its Podcast app, answering the prayers of many of the Android users who are tired of relying on Google Play Music for podcast management and listening. If you are new to the podcasts or planning to take Google Podcasts for a spin to see its uniqueness, follow these tips to make the most use of it:
- Start here and finish there
If you have more than one Google-powered device, not only the Android phones but also the Google Home and tablets. You just start a podcast on one device and pick up where you left off. You don’t need to do anything special. The Podcast app automatically keeps track of your listening progress.
- Adjust the playback speed
Don’t have enough time to listen to too many podcasts? Google Podcast app lets you adjust the playback speed so that you can consume the shows more quickly. The voices still sound normal because the pitch remains the same. Bring up the player control while listening to any podcast. In the lower left corner, tap the 1.0x icon. It will bring up a speed slider which you can use to set your preferred multiplier. It is always possible to bump up if you want to go faster.
- Download the episodes for listening offline
Going to hop on a flight, you may want to download some podcasts at first. You may do that manually by tapping on any given episodes, then the download icon. You will see all your available events in the Downloads section of the home screen.
- Search from outside the app
Looking for a podcast, you don’t have to load the Google Podcast to run a search, fire up the Google as you would typically do. You may assume there is a match within the search results, You tap an episode, and you immediately will land at the Podcasts, where you can subscribe and do other app-specific things too.
- Try to use a different podcast manager
Right now it is constrained, but Google Podcasts are likely to improve over time. It can automatically download new episodes of your subscribed podcasts- you need to fetch each one manually. The app doesn’t support the playlist, doesn’t have car or night modes, doesn’t offer global settings for most features. You might appreciate a more full-featured app if you are new to podcasts.
Aida Martin is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for Norton security products at www.norton.com/setup.