Google has made it clear that it is going all-in on podcasts not only as an entertainment medium but also as a source for information. As part of that ambition, the company announced today that you can now find — and listen to — podcasts episodes right in your Google Search results.
Similarly to how video, news, and image results appear in a separate area after conducting certain Search queries, so will podcast episodes. The feature is live right now on the web version of Search for users in the United States searching for topics using the English language.
Eventually, you’ll also be able to find and listen to podcasts using Google Assistant. However, this functionality isn’t present yet.
To find a podcast, just perform a query in Google Search for what you’re looking for. As an example, here are the results for “podcasts about galaxy fold,” which features our own DGiT Daily episode as a result:
If you hit the little blue Play button, it takes you to a dedicated Google page where you can listen to that episode of the DGiT Daily podcast.
If you do listen to that episode but stop halfway through, you can always pick up where you left off using the Google Podcasts app, which syncs your listening across your devices. The ability to search for and listen to podcasts will also eventually come to Google Podcasts on the web.
We previously learned that Google’s ultimate plan is to catalog as many podcasts as possible as well as transcribe them. This will allow you not only to find podcasts that discuss certain topics but easily navigate directly to the part of an episode that is relevant to your search as well as simply read the podcast dialog without needing to listen.
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