Google Podcasts made its official Introduction back in June this year Combined with certain AI-based recommendations.
Now, the company’s second attempt at an experimental podcast curation app, Google Shortwave was spotted late last month. The leaked Brand Statement indicates that Shortwave would concentrate on intelligently filtering podcasts and providing you ones which suit your tastes the best.
Not just that, the Shortwave program would apparently slice up the podcasts and provide you just relevant portions so as to make the most efficient use of your time, accounts 9to5Google. While the report considers that manual curation and human effort could make such a feat possible, the participation of this experimental Region 120 tag team indicates that autonomous AI capacities would be utilized to attain it.
The screenshots have been procured from an unnamed former Google designer, also reveal a minimum home screen that displays a greeting like the one seen on Google Assistant. The Shortwave program then asks for your preferences including options like Laugh (humor, stand-up, banter, interview), Learn (Science, Psychology, Space, Nature), and Listen that contains the editor’s curated picks. The reference of editor’s picks in the last option could indicate that the other two themes are in reality curated by AI technology working behind the scenes.
But, considering it is part of Area 120, Google Shortwave isn’t yet ready for the mainstream. The branch makes products with a concept to make them feasible and attract them into the general public in due time.
Last month, Google had verified to The Verge which Shortwave is really part of the Area 120 incubator. The technology giant claimed that this new program would help users find and consume spoken-word content in newer ways. The 9to5Google report indicates there is a chance Shortwave could just be implemented as a feature on Google Podcasts later on.