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YouTube integrates podcasts in its Explore page

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YouTube has added podcasts to its ‘Explore’ page months after a leak in March revealed the company’s plans on creating a “podcast destination page.”

YouTube.com/podcasts is now live and it has link to the existing Explore page.

YouTube is popularly the hub for streaming podcasts and the service had expected to become more optimized. The shift seems to happen in July, though it is slowly being rolled out to other countries.

The feature is available on desktop and mobile applications, where the carousals can expand to display “Show all,” for “Popular episodes,” “Popular podcast playlists,” “Recommended,” and “Popular podcast creators.”

Users can browse through regular video thumbnails, and with just a tap, a regular player on Android will begin playing the video, not defaulting to “Listening controls”. There are larger buttons and shortcuts to like, save, and adjust the playback speed.

The YouTube podcast experience expected to get more optimized for end users soon. As the company integrates podcasts on the same platform instead of creating a separate app.

YouTube is an American online video sharing and social media platform headquartered in San Bruno, California. It launched on February 14, 2005, by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. Currently owned by Google, and is the second most visited website, after Google Search.

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