Google Adds Podcast Playing Directly From Google App on Android

On Monday, Google announced that audio podcasts were coming to Google Play Music for the first time with the feature already enabled on the web and an updated app coming to Android.  To make your life easier and to find those podcasts you want to listen to on your phone, the Google search app on your phone has received a background update to help you find and play them.  The good news is that there is no update of an app required for users.  This is all on the back end and it is already working.

To try the feature out, go to your Google app (the search bar at the top of your display if you are using the Google Now launcher) and type in the name of the podcast you want to find.  When you

Podcast Search and Playing in Google Search
Podcast Search and Playing in Google Search

do find it, you can tap on the play button for that podcast episode and it will start playing the podcast for you in Google Play Music.  It is slick and what’s interesting is that I was able to find podcasts that aren’t necessarily listed as available podcasts in the app and play them.  To me, it seems, this indicates that Google has build Play Music to be pretty open to any podcast stream.

Give it a try and see what you think.  Again, no update for your devices required.