Google decided to launch its podcast app today to rival Apple’s podcast. The name? Simple — Google podcasts. P.S. This isn’t the first Podcast app from Google — Google Listen takes that title.
Like every other podcast app out there, Google’s podcasts would allow you subscribe to and download podcasts. It will also use AI to learn from your listening history and suggests podcasts you might like. However, the new app hasn’t received the reception Google was probably expecting. It currently has a 3.7/5 rating on the Google Play Store.
Apparently, a lot of reviewers believe that Google’s new app lacks a lot of features/functions that other apps have inherently. For example, the app lacks the ability to create playlists, an auto-download feature, inability to mark multiple podcast episodes as played, to name a few:
In summary, people are of the opinion that this is another half-baked product from Google, and based on my first impression:
Here is another interesting fact, you don’t need to download the app to use its features.
Just head over to Google search, type any podcast of your choice, in this case, ‘the stuff you should know’ podcast, select one episode from the list and…
You’d get a prompt that lets you add a podcast shortcut to your home screen, you can also subscribe and see Google’s podcast recommendations (similar to the podcast app).