Google has finally launched a native Podcasts app for Android

Delia Walker
June 21, 2018

While the Android Messages website is already live, the QR scanning component on the Messages app is still in the process of being implemented across all users.

Google's official podcast app rolls out today - with typical Google SEO genius or irony, depending upon your outlook, it's simply called Google Podcasts.

Go there now and you'll just find instruction to getting web messages working for you, but right now in Australia, the app doesn't support the web platform.

This brings Android further into line with iOS on one of the few areas it lagged - Apple users have been able to do this via iMessage for years.

This makes "Messages" app for Android like how WhatsApp for Web functions at the season of texting.

Network provider approval is needed for SMS messages to be replaced by Google's ambitious RCS plan. When you start a podcast on your phone, you'll be able to resume it on your Google Home or any other device with your Google account on it. These are much like reply templates that users can tap and send to their contacts.

Select "Messages for web" in the menu of the mobile app. But messaging, of course, is a must-have - and users may be making picks among the various services that are hard if not impossible to shake. Finally, scan the QR code on your computer using your phone.

Google is using Rich Communication Services (RCS) in the new client.

The standalone Google Podcasts app for Android isn't terribly different from the podcasts player that had been built into the Google app for a while now. Google has also baked in a smart reply that supplements the service with predictive messages. They can tap the + button on the left side of the compose message bar to search for relevant GIFs for the ongoing conversations. The feature supports all the formats such as text, images, stickers, and emojis. The support for an inline preview of links in conversion has been added as well. For instance, 20% of mobile data is used in the background by apps they haven't opened in over a month, and the Unused Apps feature displays the apps which you're not using, but that are consuming data in the background.

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