Is a dedicated Google Podcasts app coming soon?

Is a dedicated Google Podcasts app coming soon?
Podcast apps on Android are dime a dozen, with just about any fan of the medium having their own favorite one. It seems that Google itself could be eyeing a piece of the action, and what's a better way of doing that than creating a brand new app.

That's exactly what could happen very soon, as a bunch of code and a potential app icon for a certain Google Podcasts app have been unearthed inside the latest version of the Google app. 

The code nonchalantly reveals the potential existence of such an app. It would seem that when users stumble upon a podcast from within the Google Assistant app or the main Google app itself, they will be prompted to install Google Podcasts on the Play Store:

<string name=”install_google_podcasts”>Get the Google Podcasts app</string>

<string name=”install_google_podcasts_accept”>Get the app</string>

<string name=”install_google_podcasts_message”>Get the Google Podcasts app in the Play Store for quick access</string>

<string name=”install_google_podcasts_reject”>Not now</string>

While there's no saying when this app could arrive, it seems that its at the later stages of its development - a probable app icon, all fine and dandy, has also been unearthed inside the Google app.

Should Google Podcasts turn out to be real, it would most likely go live at this link right here in the not-so-distant future.

source: 9To5Google



1. libra89

Posts: 2337; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I wouldn't mind an app from them.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Well it is about time... I generally hate the current execution through the google music app (though I love the Google play music app)

3. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It makes sense... it will probably help integrate listening to podcasts through google home and google assistant. Just say "hey google play xxxx podcast... and off it goes....

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