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July 19, 2017
While testing Google Assistant on my Google Pixel phone, I stumbled across this - a built-in podcast player on Android phones. I've not seen this reported anywhere, so I think this is a first. Podcasts can be played without fiddling with subscriptions or downloads; and can be added to your home screen for quick access. It keeps note of which you've listened-to, across your different devices. Given that over 80% of mobile phones run Android, this could be a game-changer: if users are educated on how to use it.
Google's "Google Home" smart speaker is launched tomorrow in Australia, joining the US and UK with the device. Stores selling it are JB Hi-fi, Harvey Norman, Telstra, and a few more places, at AU$199 (US$157, £120). (The price includes tax, and the Aussie dollar is currently unusually strong). It's the first smart speaker to make it into the Australian market: Amazon are expected to launch later this year.
Google Home launch partners are the ABC, Sky News, The Australian, the Huffington Post, and a few more.
HotPod 128 is out. This week, Nick looks at the business of live touring for podcasts. (Reading time: 17m 13s).
Podcast Movement is moving to Philadelphia. July 24-26 2018.
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