Google has developed a new application for their Android OS, called Listen, which they unveiled yesterday in their Google Mobile Blog.
Listen from Google Labs 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.
Google Listen Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
Use the Search bar from the home screen (or “Menu -> Search” from other screens) to search for audio programs. If you know the name of a specific podcast, you can search for that, or you can search for a topic such as “Google”.
Once you find search results you like, press on a result to start listening right away or press and hold (long-press) to see more options.
What are My Subscriptions?
Subscriptions allow you to keep up to date with specific programs or specific search terms. After you press on any search result you’ll see a checkbox in the upper right; just select it to subscribe to that program. Listen will then always show you the latest episode on the Programs tab of the My Subscriptions screen.
To subscribe to a search term, select the checkbox when you are viewing the list of results. Listen will then always show you a recent episode whose content matches that search term on the Searches tab of My Subscriptions.
What is My Listen Queue?
Your Queue is a way for you to chose specific episodes to hear in a specific order. Listen will play the items in your Queue in order before playing your subscriptions.
What happens if my Queue is empty or if I finish playing the last episode from my Queue?
No problem. If your Queue is empty, or you run off the end of it, Listen will play through your subscriptions automatically.
Can I use my Bluetooth headset?
Definitely. In fact, we love using Listen with wireless headsets. Using a headset with A2DP capability, you can get you audio content right in your ear, and often use the headset controls as well.
I can’t find my favorite podcast, can you help?
For now, Listen only indexes English audio podcasts. We don’t yet index video or other languages. Try searching for two or three consecutive words from the title or description.
Will Listen work on my iPhone, Palm Pre, or Newton?
At this time Listen from Google Labs is only available for Android-powered phones.
via Google Labs