Being the most popular mobile operating system, Android has just about every app that one can possibly think of. Apart from third-party developers, Google itself has a whole suite of apps (ranging from Maps to Gmail) for the platform as well. But for some reason, it took the company years to bring a native podcast app to Android, and it finally launched ‘Google Podcasts’ around two months back. However, it seems Google is not done with podcast apps yet!
As reported by The Verge, the search giant is working on another experimental app, dubbed Shortwave. The app was revealed by a trademark filing, which mentions its purpose as “allow[ing] users to search, access, and play digital audio files, and to share links to audio files.”
When contacted by The Verge, a Google spokesperson said that the app is under development within ‘Area 120,’ a division of Google that concerns experimental products.
The spokesperson was quoted as saying, “One of the many projects that we’re working on within Area 120 is Shortwave, which helps users discover and consume spoken-word audio in new ways. Like other projects within Area 120, it’s a very early experiment so there aren’t many details to share right now.”
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