Google Finally Announces CarPlay Support in Google Podcasts App

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Google Podcasts is right now one of the most popular podcasts app, and this isn’t necessarily a surprise, especially given it’s a Google app we’re talking about here.
But its biggest drawback, however, was until today the lack of support for CarPlay, so drivers who wanted to listen to their favorite podcasts using Google’s app when connecting their iPhones to the car had no other choice than to switch to a different application.

This struggle comes to an end today, as Google has just updated the Podcasts app with support for CarPlay, so it should now show up on the car’s screen when the iPhone is connected to the head unit inside the vehicle.

Google added just a brief changelog for version 2.0, which brings support for Apple CarPlay.

Google Podcasts now supports Apple CarPlay so you can more easily and safely listen while you drive. We've also made several bug fixes to improve performance,” the search company says in the changelog published in the App Store.

Google makes some of the most popular apps out there, but unsurprisingly, the company hasn’t been very keen on bringing them or, at least, their best features, to other platforms.

Google Podcasts with CarPlay support is just one example, but as iPhone owners know, the same thing also happened with the dark mode for Gmail. Launched on Android over a year ago, the dark theme for the Gmail client made its debut on the iPhone only earlier this month, so in the meantime, users had no other option than to stick with the standard light mode.

At the same time, Google Maps is lacking one of the best CarPlay features. With the release of iOS 13.4, Apple enabled third-party developers to use the maps card on the CarPlay dashboard, so the only thing Google needs to do is add support for this feature. Of course, the company doesn’t seem to be in a rush to make it happen, so for now, users are more or less forced to keep Apple Maps around for a little longer.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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