Announced by Sundar Pichai throughout the keynote, indexing audio content material permits Google to floor episodes by relevance fairly than simply title or present notes. It’s a step in direction of Google’s objective of “making audio a first-class citizen.” This indexing requires scale that just a few firms possess and — coupled with episodes quickly showing in Search outcomes — may make podcasts rather more discoverable.
While thrilling within the long-run, Google Podcasts may gain advantage from one explicit rudimentary function that’s shockingly nonetheless absent since last June’s launch.
Users right now must individually obtain episodes for offline entry. This guide step is time consuming and repetitive. Back in January with Google app 8.91, our APK Insight enabled an Auto Downloading function that will tackle this inconvenience.
Am I blind or does Google Podcasts not have an auto-download choice?
— Ben Schoon (@NexusBen) May 15, 2019
For some, this function has been dwell for the previous month. Auto Downloading is accessible in the primary Podcasts settings web page underneath “Downloads.” The “Auto download new episodes” choice is joined by “Only on WiFi” to preserve cellular knowledge. “Your podcasts” are listed beneath with toggles subsequent to every present. There are additionally shortcuts to “Enable for all” or “Disable for all.”
The performance is just not broadly rolled out, and didn’t seem on a number of gadgets we checked this night. However, it’s good to know that — whereas restricted — it’s being A/B examined with customers and never simply one thing Google contemplated including to Podcasts. It will hopefully see an precise launch sooner or later.