Google Podcasts could also be well-integrated with Assistant and Residence and Nest audio system, however in comparison with many different gamers on the market, it has all the time been relatively lackluster: Amongst different issues, folks have been complaining about lacking options reminiscent of 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.
9to5Google shared some screenshots of the redesign. While 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, 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: Residence display. Proper: Exercise and queue.
Like earlier than, the brand new house display exhibits you thumbnails of podcasts you are subscribed to on the high, although they’re now organized within the type of a carousel relatively than a grid. Their blue “new” toasts indicating new content material have been changed by a pink dot. Under 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 best, the place you may as well 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 choice. Proper: Notification toggles.
Podcasts’ settings, accessible through 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. While you swap it on, Podcasts will mechanically add new episodes to your cellphone. We should notice that this has been accessible for some beginning again in Could 2019, however perhaps it is rolling out wider as a part of this redesign. You can even 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 simply rolling out in a restricted style — 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 also wish to be a part of the beta on the Play Retailer or obtain it from APK Mirror.