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 fairly 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 residence display.
9to5Google shared some screenshots of the redesign. If you first open the app after receiving the server-side replace, you may be greeted by a banner that explains what’s new: A renewed residence 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: House display. Proper: Exercise and queue.
Like earlier than, the brand new residence display reveals you thumbnails of podcasts you are subscribed to on the prime, although they’re now organized within the type of a carousel fairly than a grid. Their blue “new” toasts indicating new content material have been changed by a pink dot. Beneath that, you may 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 residence tab anymore. These can now be discovered within the new exercise backside tab on the suitable, the place it’s also possible to 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 prime proper nook, has additionally seen the addition of recent choices, most notably auto downloading, which appears to be turned off by default. If you change it on, Podcasts will robotically add new episodes to your cellphone. We should be aware that this has been out there for some beginning again in Might 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 barely rolling out in a restricted trend — none of us right here at Android Police have acquired it up to now. Because the podcast participant is a part of the Google app, be sure to’re utilizing the most recent model of it. You may additionally wish to be part of the beta on the Play Retailer or obtain it from APK Mirror.
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We knew this contemporary look was on the best way, and right now Google has stepped as much as formalize issues. Whereas the corporate’s announcement focuses on the inaugural launch of Podcasts for iOS, it additionally goes over the redesign we have been anticipating. Google confirms that distribution is underway, and needs to be hitting Android customers someday this week.