Google has a penchant for repetition. For example, why have a messaging application when you can have a handful (Allo, Android Messages, Hangouts, etc.)? And while that method is not yielding overwhelmingly positive results, it seems that the software giant is also taking its approach to podcast platforms. An experimental product incubator within Google, Area 120, is silently developing an audio platform that, according to a recent trademark presentation, allows users to "search, access and play digital audio files and share links to audio files. "

The software in question is called Shortwave, and it may be a more social version of podcast listening, or at least, that's what the Google press release looks like.

"One of the many projects we are working on within Area 120 is Shortwave, which helps users discover and consume spoken audio in new ways," a Google spokesperson told Android Police ] by email.

Google declined to say anything else on the subject because it was a "very early experiment," but a podcast application that helps find new gems among vast and ever-growing audio content libraries (most of which it has been little or nothing revised) would be in fact useful.

Currently, Google offers Android users t The podcast section in the Google Play app and the Google Podcasts app, which has a million downloads and has a rating of 3.4 stars out of 5. Comparatively, pod podcast platform Third-party Castbox has 5 million downloads and 4.6 stars, while the Pocket Cast application of $ 4.99 has 500,000 downloads and a 4.6-star rating. All that to say, there is definitely room for improvement.

One can only hope that if Google takes this project to term, choose to merge it with your current stand-alone application, instead of launching a completely new platform. If that is likely, it is another question.