Google does not give up on podcasts but has not really succeeded either, maybe this service can be a success.
Now it has come reports from Bloomberg that Google hires people to work and focus on podcasts available on Youtube. At this time, there is no specific section or category for Podcasts, but something that is becoming more common and something that Google seems to want to change.
Google has previously tried Podcasts with Google Listen and Google Play Music Podcasts, but both were dropped fairly quickly. Today, Google Podcasts remain, but it is probably not a platform that motivates podcasters to publish their podcasts there exclusively, just one in the crowd.
In any case, Google does not seem to give up the fight to get a piece of the pie when it comes to Podcasts, if Podcasts on Youtube is the right way to go remains to be seen, but we already know that Google has no problem closing projects equally as soon as they start.