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Android 11's new media controls remain buggy in public release

Android 11's new media controls remain buggy in public release

The final release of Android 11 earlier this month brought a ton of new features and improvements, but there was bound to be a bug or two with so many changes. The new media controls make the audio-listening experience a lot nicer, but they're still in need of some polish: some apps with currently playing audio can't be controlled unless you expand the quick settings panel.

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Google Podcasts gets Assistant's personalized Your News Update feature

Google Podcasts gets Assistant's personalized Your News Update feature

One might think that podcast listening time has gone down since people aren't commuting nearly as much, but that's not true. Podcasts have only gained in popularity, and Google is now bringing Assistant's Your News Update feature to its Podcasts app if you were looking for some more personalized news content.

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Gboard redundantly suggests podcasts on Google Podcasts redundantly

Gboard redundantly suggests podcasts on Google Podcasts redundantly

Gboard, Google's own keyboard app, is able to suggest a variety of items to autocomplete a sentence or even autofill a form. Its powers have also been seamlessly integrated into other Google functions. Now, if you're looking up a podcast, Gboard on Android will even start nudging you towards shows with every letter you type.

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Google will kill Play Music this year, launches YouTube Music migration tool

Google will kill Play Music this year, launches YouTube Music migration tool

It took Google a long time to polish up YouTube Music, and there are still many die-hard Google Play Music users that aren't content with the company's new streaming product. But thanks to recent additions like file upload support and the Explore tab, Google deems YouTube Music to be almost ready to replace Play Music once and for all later this year. That's why Google has just started rolling out a migration tool allowing Play Music users to move over all of their content to the new platform, though they'll be able to access it on both services for the time being.

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Google Podcasts web improves with subscriptions, sorting, and more

Google Podcasts web improves with subscriptions, sorting, and more

Last week, Google Podcasts received a revamp on Android along with a new iPhone app, but one of the changes that we didn't explore affected the web interface. It's still not on par with the mobile client, but at least it now offers subscriptions and sorting.

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Google Podcasts gets proper queue and bottom bar in big redesign (Update: Explore episode topics)

Google Podcasts gets proper queue and bottom bar in big redesign (Update: Explore episode topics)

Google Podcasts may be well-integrated with Assistant and Home and Nest speakers, but compared to many other players out there, it has always been rather lackluster: Among other things, people have been complaining about missing features such as queues and auto-downloads. It looks like Google took this criticism to heart, as it's starting to roll out a redesigned version of Podcasts that adds these two along with bottom tabs and an improved home screen.

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Google Podcasts gets a proper home on the web, but it's still missing tons of features

Google Podcasts gets a proper home on the web, but it's still missing tons of features

Google Podcasts is already more than one and a half years old, but development is excruciatingly slow — not too dissimilar to YouTube Music. The podcast player has always been lacking an easily accessible web interface; it has only been available via Google search workarounds since March last year. Now, the company has finally rolled out a proper web version for a more complete podcast experience on podcasts.google.com, but it's still not on par with the Android app.

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Add to playlist button appears in Google Podcasts for some, but it doesn't work yet

Add to playlist button appears in Google Podcasts for some, but it doesn't work yet

A new "add to playlist" button is appearing for some in Google Podcasts. As of now, trying to actually use the button doesn't do anything, but its inclusion is likely an indicator that playlist/queuing functionality will eventually come to the app, a frequent complaint against Google Podcasts since it launched.

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Google Podcasts lets you share time-stamped podcast episodes

Google Podcasts lets you share time-stamped podcast episodes

Little by little, Google Podcasts is adding essential features that any podcast player should have. From multi-selection to auto-download, dark mode, and a web interface, we've seen small but significant improvements in the service, the latest of which is an option to time stamp the episode's link before sharing it.

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