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Google Podcasts app lands on iOS for the first time

The new Home, Explore, and Activity tabs on the iOS Google Podcast app

Google Podcasts has made its way to the App Store, packed with brand new features to the service to help listeners find more of what they love.

Starting on Wednesday, Google is pushing out an update to Google Podcast focusing on helping listeners find podcasts they'll enjoy through personalized recommendations and a new Explore tab. First launched in 2018, the Android-only Google Podcasts app allowed listeners to find and listen to podcasts, as well as sync their progress across Google products.

"[Y]ou should be able to find new favorites in minutes, not years," says Zack Reneau-Wedeen, Google Podcasts Product Manager. "We've redesigned Google Podcasts to make it easier to discover podcasts you'll love, build your list of go-to podcasts, and get episode recommendations you might not have discovered otherwise."

The Explore tab allows listeners to browse popular shows across various categories, including sports, news, comedy, and more. The tab also suggests new shows and episodes based off of previous shows a user has listened to. The personalized recommendations are customizable and can be altered within the Explore tab.

The Activity tab shows listening history, queued episodes, and automatic downloads.

The Home tab collates a feed of new episodes and provides easy access to subscribed shows. The Home tab now shows topics, and people covered in individual shows and allows a user to quickly Google Search the subjects to learn more.

Google Podcasts is available on both iOS and the web, with the updated version rolling out to Android devices as the week progresses.