I have long since used Pocket Casts on both my Android and iOS phones - because it syncs across my phones and the web, and does fast playback well. Google's own podcast app still does not do everything, but its one claim to fame is being able to search through all the audio discussion (as a text search).
It is rather sad when a Big Tech company comes along and uses it's cash to smother those who have been creative enough to give us such good apps. I know competition is needed, and that is also why we need these smaller apps to keep flourishing. Big Tech often just does not have their heart in areas which are not theirt core business, and ultimately we all lose out when they lose interest later on.
Show us on your device where Apple Podcasts hurt you.