Google has recently shared its plans to make its podcasts an essential device amongst the users. The tech giant further plans on giving podcasts and audio results more importance in the search results. The company has already added the podcasts into Google app on smartphones and from today onwards it will have the ability to stream or download episodes offline for the user's convenience.
The new feature is said to be quite intuitive considering the fact that it is built into the app. The app will also not fiddle around the user's end. The app also gets a 'download' button, and download size, under every episode of a particular show.
It is also being reported that all of the downloaded episodes will be now denoted with a green checkmark and can be found on the home screen under the 'Download Episodes' section. This points that a user can easily open the podcast app. Users are suggested to pin the app to their home screen and then tap on the downloaded episode in order to listen to it.
When a user first tries to download an episode, then they will be prompted that the "offline episodes will be removed 30 days post download if you have not listened to them. Else, the downloaded episode will vanish after a time span of 24 hours after it is completed. However, a user can easily tweak the settings and extend the timings to 90 days and 7 days respectively or can also turn off the automatic removal.
It is quite noticeable that the podcast section of the Google app is getting smarter slowly. The download button might be the first feature that is podcast-centric. Google is also trying to incorporate podcasts into the search results. This will make it easier for the audio content creators to be visible or discoverable in everyday Google search results.
The podcast industry seems to be blooming and along with a major acquisition that was completed this week. The acquisition of the Pocket Casts by NPR assures that audio industry will see a major growth in the coming days. The growth is expected to be seen for the content creating companies along with the companies that are delivering the contents. This is possible with the help of voice-based smart devices.