According to sources, Google might be on to a new app. We heard about a few apps and significant app updates at Google I/O and they haven’t stopped there. Source code hints at Google making an app of its own for podcasts.
Android enthusiasts over at 9to5Google found clues in the latest version of the Google application. The current state of podcasts allows users to search in the Google app and access podcasts from there. However, they come from other sources and not through Google.
Google does have some podcasts available in Play Music, and the possibility of them moving into a dedicated app could be a sign that the service is about to go away. There isn’t a lot of variety when it comes to podcasts in Play Music, but the library has grown and deserves its own section or app like on iOS devices.
Similar to what was the case with audiobooks, which this year moved to a full-blown audiobook store on the Play Store, podcasts might get a standalone app. This would be great for Android users, since the only good sources for podcasts have been third-party apps. Google seems to have a growing interest in podcasts and a more complete library would be welcomed in by the Android community.
As of the time this post was written, no further details have been discovered. We don’t know what the app will feature, nor do we know when it will become available and for who. I’d definitely give this a try, would you? Let us know what you want to see and we’ll keep you posted shall we hear more.