Google wants to make it easier for people to find podcasts with its search engine. The company said Thursday that it now lists episodes in search results that people can listen to directly from the page.
If you search Golden State Warriors podcast, for example, you'll see a few appear. Google's software will also be able to understand what topics are discussed during episodes of podcasts, not just the broad subject of a podcast series, the company said.
The update comes as podcasts continue to grow in popularity. There are now more than 2 million podcasts on the web, Google said.
The company also said that later this year it'll update the Google Assistant, the search giant's version of Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri, to let people find and play podcasts. Google also said it'll let publishers pick specific podcast players for their content, like a third-party website or podcast app.