Google has lastly launched its podcasts app on iOS. That is by far probably the most feature-rich the service has ever been and eventually has a shot at being a usable podcasting app.
New Dwelling tab
The brand new app includes a new three tab UI. The primary house tab options all of your subscribed podcasts on the prime and under is a listing of all of the episodes in reverse chronological order.
The subsequent tab is for search and right here you’ll be able to see all of the podcasts sorted into varied classes. The options get really useful primarily based in your listening habits.
Lastly, there’s the Exercise tab, the place you’ll be able to see your present queue, downloads, historical past and handle your subscriptions.
The settings for the app means that you can set your auto-download and auto-delete preferences and notification settings.
Now Taking part in
The Now Taking part in display has additionally been up to date. Right here, you now have the choice to alter your playback velocity together with an choice to trim silence, which all good podcasting functions must have. Sadly, the characteristic was buggy in our app, inflicting the playback to stutter or loop like a damaged document. Even when it did work it did not appear to trim silences as successfully as different podcasting apps we now have used. Finally, we simply turned it off.
The app additionally has a sleep timer and allows you to flip off playback as soon as the present episode ends even when you’ve got different gadgets in queue.
There are issues nonetheless lacking from this app, nevertheless, which we might contemplate mandatory for podcasting utility. To begin with, the app wants hyperlink help in present notes. Most podcasts have some exterior hyperlinks to issues talked about throughout the episode, and the Google Podcasts app doesn’t show these hyperlinks.
Second, there’s nonetheless no chapter help. Increasingly podcasts are adopting the chapter format to make it simple to eat lengthy episodes by splitting them into chapters you could skip to. No help right here for that.
Lastly, the app additionally wants help for customized podcast artwork. Some podcasts use the album artwork discipline to have a picture related to the present dialogue in a specific episode. Google Podcasts simply makes use of the default album artwork for the podcast and fully ignores any customized artwork for any particular person episodes.
These points apart, the Google Podcasts app is kind of usable in any other case for podcast consumption. The Android app has additionally been up to date to have the identical UI as the brand new iOS app, though the replace hadn’t but rolled out on our Android gadgets on the time of writing. As and when that occurs, each apps can be equivalent.
We nonetheless would not use this app over one thing like Pocket Casts on Android, which additionally has an iOS, Home windows and internet apps. On iOS, you even have Overcast, Castro and the default Apple Podcasts app, all of that are higher than Google’s although they do not have an Android counterpart. So though this can be a respectable effort, it nonetheless must be quite a bit higher than the competitors on the market.