Google brings Listen podcatcher to Android devices

Google brings Listen podcatcher to Android devices

Summary: One of the primary functions I perform on my smartphones is listening to podcasts, which I actually listen to much more than music. Nokia has an excellent Nokia Podcasting application that lets you subscribe and download podcasts with and the iPhone has iTunes integration so syncing podcasts over is fairly simple. There are a couple of 3rd party apps for Android, but I was very pleased to see Google launch their own podcatcher called Listen. Listen lets you search, subscribe, download, and stream podcasts to your Android-based device.

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One of the primary functions I perform on my smartphones is listening to podcasts, which I actually listen to much more than music. Nokia has an excellent Nokia Podcasting application that lets you subscribe and download podcasts with and the iPhone has iTunes integration so syncing podcasts over is fairly simple. There are a couple of 3rd party apps for Android, but I was very pleased to see Google launch their own podcatcher called Listen. Listen lets you search, subscribe, download, and stream podcasts to your Android-based device.

One awesome aspect of having a native Google podcatcher is that the Google search bar/box is used, along with Google servers, to find podcasts so you should be able to find more than you could through a loaded podcasting searching database. After you find a podcast you can press on the result to start streaming or press and hold to see more options, such as downloading for later listening.

It is still early in the beta cycle so they don't yet support scheduled downloads, non-English audio podcasts, and a few more features that are under development.

Topics: Google, Browser

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  • Just remember

    Google will be recording every podcast you listen to. One more bit of your personal life on their database.
    jorjitop
  • RE: Google brings Listen podcatcher to Android devices

    Matthew, if you enjoy listening to podcasts on your
    phone, you should try out Didiom. It's a cool app/free
    service that lets you stream your podcasts from your
    computer to your phone. I got it from BlackBerry App
    World a couple of weeks ago, and stopped syncing
    podcasts with my phone.
    opensign