The new search results focused on the Google podcast have reached desktop browsers, after they were announced earlier this week in Google I / O 2019. The search for a podcast now shows its three episodes more recent ones that can be played directly on the Google web player at podcasts.google.com. The functionality works both on the desktop and on the mobile. It's especially useful on iOS where a dedicated Google Podcasts application has not yet been released, as 9to5Google points out.
The web player, which was first seen in March, has a similar set of playback controls for the dedicated Google Podcasts application that was released on Android last year. You can skip back and forth, control playback speed, and if you're signed in with a Google account, you should sync your playback on multiple devices. The biggest limitation is that the interface only allows you to browse the episodes of a single podcast, you can not browse different podcasts from the site.
Google is not the only company that has recently launched a web-based podcast player. In April, Apple updated the Podcasts web interface to allow it to play episodes directly, reinforcing rumors that the company plans to split iTunes into separate applications of Music, TV and Podcast.