Google Assistant can now help bored drivers easily access their favorite podcast episode

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Driving can be a hateful activity. It requires special attention, carries many risks and yet you will probably have to get out on the roads today. Hands-free interaction with Android Auto and some of its best apps can help ease the monotony without disturbing the process too much. But for podcast listeners looking to pass the time with a favorite episode, they’ve always had to navigate menu after menu of selections. That is, until now.


Google Assistant has just gained the ability to recognize commands around specific podcast requests. You’ll no longer be relegated to the latest edition of a podcast – now you can specify the episodes you’re looking for based on specific guests, topics, or if you know it, the episode title.

Here are some examples :

  • “Hey Google, play the Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend episode with Stephen Colbert”
  • “OK Google, play episode It’s uncomfortable about getting a raise”
  • “Hey Google, play The Sporkful podcast episode “A New Jersey Whiskey Mystery””
  • “Hey Google, play last Thursday’s episode of The Daily”

The commands should get the results you want whether your preferred podcast player is Google Podcasts or Spotify, as specified in your Assistant settings.

In a statement to 9to5Google, Google said the feature was specifically aimed at in-car podcast listeners. It is also particularly complementary to the recent launch of the redesigned Android Auto Coolwalk. However, anyone with access to a Surface with Google Assistant, including your phone, can take advantage of the new voice command settings.

And if you’re looking for podcast suggestions, could we suggest the Android Police podcast?