Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Seems Imminent
Google introduced its plans to help podcasts in Google Play final October, and now it seems that the function is able to launch. A handful of customers are reporting they’re seeing the brand new Podcasts part pop up of their Google Play Music app’s left-aspect navigation menu, beneath the part for Prime charts, New releases, and their Music Library.
That is clearly not a large-scale rollout presently, as most nonetheless don’t see the Podcasts part themselves. Plus, Google has not but made a proper announcement concerning the launch, which it’s more likely to do when podcast help is reside for almost all of customers, or quickly being switched on.
Nevertheless, for many who do have entry to podcasts, they describe it as wanting very similar to the remainder of the Play Music app, with a card-type format and orange shade scheme. One tipster informed the Android Police weblog that the present’s pages additionally embrace their paintings, and a clickable “play” button in addition to choices to subscribe, share the present, or view an inventory of episodes.
They shared a couple of photographs of what the part appears like, as nicely:
Picture credit: Android Police
Customers say that if you subscribe, you’re requested if you would like to obtain the final 5 episodes and be notified about new releases.
In the meantime, whereas listening to exhibits, you have got the choice to click on on buttons that rewind the present again by 30 seconds or skip forward.
One notably lacking function is the choice to differ the podcast’s velocity – a software that energy customers typically depend on when listening to instructional audio packages, the place it’s extra about absorbing the knowledge, and fewer about leisurely having fun with the present.
It’s considerably unimaginable that it has taken this lengthy for Google to help the favored leisure style in its Music service, a rival to Apple’s iTunes.
Nevertheless, Google did promise that it might supply a singular spin on podcast suggestions. Final fall, the corporate stated that it will join new listeners to exhibits based mostly on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, or different pursuits, just like its contextual playlists for music.
It’s unclear if or how this has been carried out within the part that customers are seeing now, because the interface itself seems to be a reasonably primary, two-tab affair – there’s a piece for Featured podcasts and one other for Your Podcasts.
Customers also can search or browse to seek out different titles.
The information of the part going stay for some comes on the heels of an unintentional leak about the timing of the podcast platform’s launch.
In line with a now-deleted tweet from former Grantland editor-in-chief Invoice Simmons, Google Play shall be launching podcasts later this month. He stated this yesterday within the context of selling his personal present, the Invoice Simmons Podcast. Droid-life managed to screengrab the tweet earlier than it disappeared:
We’ve requested Google if it could actually touch upon the standing of the rollout, given these reviews, and can replace if a press release is offered.