Google quietly rolled out a new way for Android users to listen to podcasts and subscribe to shows they like – and it already works on your phone.
Podcast production company Pacific Content got the exclusive coverage on it: essentially, Google now surfaces podcast show info and episode listings in search results on your Android device, and you can tune into them right from there – no app installation necessary.
To get started, just search for a show using Google Search or Google Assistant with a query like, “BBC the inquiry podcast.”
You’ll be presented with info about the show, and a list of recent episodes that you can start playing right away; there’s also a podcasts icon at the top of the page that takes you to your subscriptions, and lets you add a shortcut to your home screen.
The podcast player comes with basic playback functionality and the ability to download episodes for offline listening, as well as a speed control for those who want to whiz through shows. You can also subscribe to podcasts and have them show up in a list that you can trim whenever you like.
Additionally, you can find and return to episodes you haven’t yet finished listening to, and see a bunch of more shows grouped by genre, and by the publisher; there are also recommendations that are popular with listeners of your subscribed podcasts. If you’re big on voice commands, you’ll be happy to know that you can also find, play, and resume episodes on any of your Android or Assistant-powered devices.
While dedicated podcast apps offer more features and flexibility, this is a great way to get started listening to shows you’ve been hearing about.
Google added support for podcasts to its Google Play Music streaming service back in April 2016, and it looks like this is the company’s way of making podcasts more widely and easily accessible to Android users. It makes sense, given that space has grown steadily in the past couple of years, and marketers have substantially grown their ad spending (up from $69 million in 2015 to $220 million in 2017) accordingly.
It’s possible that this lightweight experience may eventually be rolled into a standalone app that you can download from Google Play, but the company hasn’t yet shared specifics about that – or even whether it’ll come to iOS.
Ready to get cracking on your first podcast? We rounded up some of our favorites for food nerds and crime buffs that you can get started with.
Google Maps for iOS gets customizable navigation arrows
Google Maps now features customizable navigation arrows in an update that is currently being rolled out to users. A small, but a highly welcome change; you’ll be finally able to change your old and weary blue navigation arrow to blocky and pixelated cars.
Waze maps, which is now owned by Google, has had this feature for years and people actually enjoy using it. However, it’s not sure that cars, in place of a pointed arrow, can prove to be a good navigational beacon. Although, for now, you’ll have to own an iPhone to enjoy this feature. However, Android support is coming soon.
As compared to Google Maps, Waze has always been a better option. It features live traffic and accident reports, completely driven by fellow Waze users. I don’t know, but I get to my destination a lot faster using Waze than I’ve ever done using Google Maps. And that’s the only offsetting part. However, Google’s app is more accurate, I guess, and the prime reason for that is its vast data bank.
Anyways, you can activate the boxed, pixelated cars just by tapping on the blue arrow during an ongoing navigation and choose one that you like. Android users. Guess you’ll have to wait for this one as well. Good luck, though!
10 Unique Apps you should know
The Google Play app store is a little bit like a galaxy of software.
From a distance, the sheer number of apps is staggering, and it’s hard to take them all in at once. But zoom in on any one of those apps, and the distance between them, in terms of features and quality, is vast.
We all use many applications on our Android phones, but some applications are really remarkable, distinctive and idiosyncratic.
Below is the list of some uncommon applications, I have tried to cover in this article
If you don’t eat meat, or you want to avoid gluten, it can be tricky to find suitable restaurants, especially if you’re somewhere unfamiliar. Enter HappyCow, which lists vegan and vegetarian restaurants, cafes, and stores. You can choose different filters to suit your diet and find something close to your location with directions and everything else you need to get fed
Forget about awkwardness and money disputes with this clever app. Splitwise makes it easy to track exactly how much you owe, how much is owed to you and to make sure that everyone is paid back. Whether you’re splitting bills with roommates or paying your share of a group gift, this app will
help with swift calculations, reminders, and real-time updates.
Are you a bibliophile? , then this is a must-have app. Use it to discover new titles you might enjoy, discuss meanings, post or read reviews, and compile a reading list. There’s even scanner functionality, so you can scan the barcode on a book you own and add it to your virtual bookcase.
If you love curated news and updates, Flipboard is the perfect app. The app allows you to follow publications and topics you’re passionate about. Throughout the day, Flipboard updates with the best stories, allowing you to flip to find whatever you’d like to read. Its redesign makes it look slicker than ever.
5) MY ASICS RUN COACHING
Most running apps charge you a pretty penny to access training regimens. That’s not the case with My Asics Run Coaching. This app, for both iPhone and Android, has customized plans for 5K, 10K, 5-mile, 10-mile, half-marathon, or marathon runs. It’s also not on a fixed schedule. Instead, the app adjusts your plan based on your running data. This app will get you off the couch and on the road to victory.
Filled with both up-and-coming and established acts, Bandcamp is one of the most exciting music marketplaces there is. The app was initially built around streaming songs you’d already purchased on Bandcamp, but now it’s a one-stop shop for digital and physical band merch. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of music, this is an essential app.
Headspace is a meditation app created by an ex-Buddhist monk and TED Talk alum Andy Puddicombe. Users can chose between lesson packs centered around various goals such as: focus, health, creativity, and advanced meditation techniques. The app requires a subscription, but offers a free 10-day guided lesson pack to get you started.
You like to keep your life organized with various to-do lists, then you definitely need to download Todoist. This app lets you keep track of the tasks you need to get done; you can assign them different priorities based on their over overall importance or organize them across different projects. It also has a functional, clean design and works across many different platforms. Anyone can get started for free, but seriously organized individuals should upgrade to the premium plan to set up task labels and reminders, upload files, and view productivity charts.
You’re terrible at passwords. Don’t take it personally! Everyone is terrible at passwords.
That’s why we all need apps like Dashlane, which generate, save, and replay login credentials wherever they’re needed. This smart, cross-platform service makes sure that your passwords, payment information,
and other vital information is stored securely but never out of reach.
10) ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM CC
Lightroom, a program built upon Photoshop, is a powerful photo editing tool for photographers. The mobile app takes the features of the desktop application and puts them on your Android device.
The quirkiness and notable features of these applications make them peculiar.
That’s it for now.
Stay Tuned. Cheers !!!
The HTC U12+ will likely be the best Android phone of all times.
The HTC U12+ surfaced in a leak on Twitter today, and it seems to be the perfect Android phone to date.
Prominent leaker, Evan Blass popped in another leak today on his Twitter handle containing images and a complete spec sheet of the HTC U12+, that is scheduled to launch on 23rd of May. Even though the spec sheet has already been an acquaintance, the images are a fresh spill.
According to the spec sheet, the HTC U12+ has a design detail listed as ‘Liquid Surface’. While none of us knew how exactly the previously described ‘Liquid surface’ would look like, the images indicate that it may be the translucent back of the device; emblazoning little bit of its internals.
Besides, the device has a fairly normal design as compared to other Android smartphones in the market, sporting a dual camera setup, a discernible microphone, a torchlight, and a fingerprint sensor. But that’s all on the back. The front portion of the phone is a bit offsetting as it does have prominent bezels on the top and the bottom, considering everyone else’s decision to pageant a notch- allowing lesser bezels.
The HTC U12+’s spec sheet is surprisingly vibrant as well. According to it, the ‘soon to be launched’ smartphone from HTC has pressure sensitive buttons and a touch feedback experience just as the setup available on the latest iPhones. Such kind of composition on an Android phone is long due, and thankfully, the HTC U12+ will have it.
Apart from that, an Octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor clocked in at 2.6 GHz, supported by a 6-inch, Quad HD, Super LCD display could possibly make this phone a flagship in competition with the iPhone. Although, it could’ve been called as the perfect Android device if it would’ve been speculated to have an OLED display.
The HTC U12+ seems to be a daily-driver material, but with certain details opposing the current trend in the smartphone market as of now, I doubt most consumers would consider buying it in the first place. In a period when even the iPhone has shifted to an OLED display, holding a phone with an LCD screen should feel disparaging.
Besides, what’s the point of having a blazing fast processor when you can’t enjoy it to its full extent? Having bezels on a phone at times of the bezel-less revolution seems kind of venerable and elementary in the exact moment.
However, the HTC U12+’s specs that don’t deal with the display show that the phone has a potential against other Android flagships. I mean, HTC this time, has genuinely heard people’s yearnings and included features what people have been asking for on Android devices since an eternity. And that is the only reason it could be called as the perfect Android smartphone.
Anyways, let’s see how it turns out to be when it launches on 23rd of May. Meanwhile, stay tuned and fire off in the comments section below!