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Accepted waiting for votesJon Android commented
I was just about to suggest this myself, but see that someone beat to to it. It's been around a while, hopefully this could be easily and get moved to (near) the top of the list. It would be especially useful for newscasts which can sometimes have very timely information.
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Accepted, waiting for votesJon Android commented
This suggestion is pretty old, hopefully it is not dead. I can already pause and resume a podcast with my Google Home when uPod is casting, which is pretty nice. I'm not sure what the potential is when also using things like Tasker, IFTTT, or Autovoice, but I'm sure some people could be very inventive. A couple of things that come to mind is automatically playing your favorite podcast when you walk in the door, or asking Google Home (or Amazon Echo) to play the latest from a particular podcast in your subscription list.
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