Google Podcasts could also be well-integrated with Assistant and House and Nest audio system, however in comparison with many different gamers on the market, it has at all times been moderately lackluster: Amongst different issues, individuals have been complaining about lacking options similar to queues and auto-downloads. It appears like Google took this criticism to coronary heart, because it’s beginning to roll out a redesigned model of Podcasts that provides these two together with backside tabs and an improved house display screen.
9to5Google shared some screenshots of the redesign. Once you first open the app after receiving the server-side replace, you will be greeted by a banner that explains what’s new: A renewed house display screen, a brand new part for search and content material discovery, and improved downloads and subscriptions administration choices, together with the addition of a queue.
Left: What’s new toast. Center: House display screen. Proper: Exercise and queue.
Like earlier than, the brand new house display screen exhibits you thumbnails of podcasts you are subscribed to on the high, although they’re now organized within the type of a carousel moderately than a grid. Their blue “new” toasts indicating new content material have been changed by a crimson dot. Beneath that, you will discover a scrollable part of the most recent episodes out of your subscriptions.
High and trending podcasts have been moved to the search backside tab within the center, together with different exploration alternatives. You additionally will not see your downloads and your historical past within the house tab anymore. These can now be discovered within the new exercise backside tab on the fitting, the place you may also lastly queue your episodes for consecutive playback. You even have entry to your downloads, your historical past, and your subscriptions there.
Left: Settings. Center: Auto obtain possibility. Proper: Notification toggles.
Podcasts’ settings, accessible by way of the Google account icon within the high proper nook, has additionally seen the addition of latest choices, most notably auto downloading, which appears to be turned off by default. Once you swap it on, Podcasts will mechanically add new episodes to your telephone. We should word that this has been out there for some beginning again in Could 2019, however perhaps it is rolling out wider as a part of this redesign. It’s also possible to arrange notifications for releases in settings on a per-podcast foundation.
The earlier design of Google’s podcast app for comparability.
Proper now, the redesign is just rolling out in a restricted trend — none of us right here at Android Police have obtained it to date. For the reason that podcast participant is a part of the Google app, be sure to’re utilizing the most recent model of it. You may additionally need to be part of the beta on the Play Retailer or obtain it from APK Mirror.
We knew this fresh look was on the way, and today Google has stepped up to formalize things. While the company’s announcement focuses on the inaugural release of Podcasts for iOS, it also goes over the redesign we’ve been anticipating. Google confirms that distribution is underway, and should be hitting Android users sometime this week.