Google Search is improving and it’s getting better with every new update. After recently adding features like app streaming and game trials within the search app, Google has now started rolling out another feature that allows you to listen to podcasts within the search. The new update also lets you get live TV listings of your favorite series too. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
Earlier this week, Google added podcasts to its Play Store, and now the company is allowing users to play the same podcasts from the Google Search app. All you need to do is — open Google Search app and search for the podcast you want to listen to. As you can see in the screenshot, there are three of the recent episodes being displayed along with the play button for each of them. There s also an option to view more episodes. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
Pressing the play button will start playing the podcast. Even if you are browsing another site or lock your screen, you don t need to worry as it will keep playing in the background. As of now, podcasts have been rolled out globally and will be available in English. While a lot of people are not (arguably) into podcasts, Google s move to cater the niche audience is something commendable.
We searched for Serial, The American Life and Stone Cold podcast among others, and were successfully able to play them. While it hardly took four to five seconds to stream and play on a 4G network, it took little over 10 seconds on 2G, but the playback was smooth without any stuttering, which is pretty good.
Google also introduced live TV listing feature that shows you the air times and dates of upcoming episodes of your favorite TV shows. So when you search for a TV show, Google will tell you when the next episode will be aired. There s also a button for more episodes that lets you check the air date of previous and upcoming episodes. And, when you search for a movie, the Google Search app will also display the show times and nearby cinemas where it s playing.
That s not all; Google search now offers basic healthcare information in India and also lets you stream apps that you don t have installed on your smartphone. Google search also shows when local businesses are the busiest.