Listening to podcasts is easy with Google Home
One of the lesser known, but more useful features of the Google Home is its ability to play podcasts. I personally find this really useful as my wife and I already use a Bluetooth speaker in the kitchen that’s paired to our phones. It’s a bit of a hassle as we have to turn on the speaker, make sure it’s charged, unlock our phone, open an app, and play the episode we want.
With Google Home it’s so much easier. All we have to do is say “Hey Google, listen to This American Life” and it starts playing right away. So much easier!
You also get some navigation controls like “fast forward 3 minutes” and “listen to the previous episode”. It’s not the same control you get from a smartphone app, but it’s a simple, easy to use interface I really enjoy.
Google has a page where they explain some of the nitty gritty stuff, but you should know that it can only access shows that are on Google Play Music, Spotify, or TuneIn, so there are quite a few shows that aren’t there. Thankfully a good number of my favorite shows are, and you won’t really know until you ask Google Home to start playing one of them.
- Play tunes from services like YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify
- Get answers to things you want to know including the latest on weather, traffic, finance, sports, and more
- With your permission, Google Home can help you with things like your commute and flight information
- Ask Google Home to stream videos to your TV with Chromecast or to turn up your Nest thermostat