A new Google Labs feature was released a few weeks ago for all of the podcast fans out there called Google listen. This application, built for your Android phone, brings podcasts and web audio to your Android-powered device. It lets you search, subscribe, download and stream. By subscribing to programs and search terms it will create a personalized audio-magazine loaded with fresh shows and news stories whenever you listen. In this release Listen is indexing thousands of popular English-only audio sources.
In the user group for this new service people are already starting to get restless waiting for a new release. Their hope is that they will be able to manually add their own subscriptions via RSS since many podcasts are missing. But of course Google’s reply is that their search is good enough that they should be able to find any podcast they want, thanks to their giant index of content.
I have not heard many reviews about the application yet, but it is a good first step for Google and Android in letting people enjoy great audio content from their portal devices. Have you used Google Listen for your phone? Leave us a comment!