Google has introduced a new audio app, Listen, that will enable Android-powered phones to access thousands of podcasts and web audio relevant to users' search queries.
Writing on the Official Google Mobile Blog, research scientists Bill Schilit and Sam Roweis note that Listen allows users to stream audio content over-the-air or download for later, as well as subscribe to fresh content from favorite feeds and searches.
“In short, Listen helps organize the world of audio information and makes it easily accessible anytime, anywhere,” Schilit and Roweis write.
“Listen lets you stay informed even while engaged in other activities. Our colleagues use Listen as a personal audio-magazine while exercising, commuting, gardening, cleaning, dressing, cooking, and more.”
Listen is now available for download via Android Market. “For inspiration, try hitting ‘Popular searches' from the home screen,” Schilit and Roweis recommend.
“This will show some of the fastest-rising audio searches that people are making now. Tapping one of the results reveals content that you can play, queue for later, or subscribe to.”