The Google Podcasts app is expected to launch on iOS soon after being available on Android for a few years. It looks like the iOS version of the Google Podcasts app that will be available for download from the App Store will work the same as it does on Android. According to reports, it will have the same layout, as seen in the recently updated Android version which added the Home, Discover and Activity tabs in the bottom bar. Google has not confirmed exactly when the app will officially launch on iOS.
The updated Google Podcasts app, as reported by 9to5Google, will have regular podcasts and a few recommendations on the home page. The Explore and Activity tabs will have features like history, downloads, and popular / trend podcasts. It should come with the “Add to Queue” option and automatic download options. The new redesign should also soon affect the web experience.
Speaking of the redesign, the Android version of the app has a drop-down podcast carousel on the home page that replaces the old grid layout. The blue marker for new podcasts has been changed to a red dot in the upper right corner of the podcast icon. It also adds an “add to queue” option which allows users to queue podcasts for uninterrupted listening. The application settings page now has an automatic download option for new episodes. The Explore tab allows users to browse new podcasts, while the Activity tab allows users to manage queues, downloads and subscriptions, which is a welcome addition.
The updated Android version of Google Podcasts is not currently available to everyone, but is expected to hit all users by the end of this week, according to 9to5Google.