After a long wait, Google expands wide Cast support for its Podcasts App.
This addresses a longstanding user concern about basic App functionality. The addition of the Cast button allows easy Cast integration with Chromecast devices, Google Home, or other Google products.
When Google launched a Podcasts app for Android users in June, reviewers found it aesthetically pleasing but functionally bare-bones. It was missing the ability to automatically download new episodes or build playlists, for example, but one particularly important omission was the Cast support that could integrate Podcasts to home devices.
Select users had access to the Cast ability before the rollout, but the wider rollout will help the free app improve user experience and allow Google to improve its foothold in the growing podcast sphere.