Google Music app for Android 30 first impressions

first_imgOne of the bigger reveals so far at IO 2011 was Google Music, the cloud locker and streaming service Google has been not-so-secretly working on. Also unveiled was an updated Music App for Android, which replaces the stock player on Android 2.2+ with one that offers seamless integration with your Google Music Beta account.Music 3.0 offers the usual bevy of library-browsing options: artists, albums, songs, genres, and playlists. There’s also a recent view which displays what you see above — a Cover Flow style way to visually flick through albums you’ve just listened to. Other views are mostly unchanged from previous Music app versions, though albums will now display a side-scrolling collection of thumbnails when you’re in landscape mode. Tap-and-hold options allow you to add songs to a playlist, search on Google, or go shopping — though with no store of its own, Google currently takes you to its mobile product search.AdChoices广告On the Now Playing screen options are presented below the timeline which let you jump to the current track’s artist or album in your library or call up the playlist menu. Shuffle and repeat controls default to being hidden, but can be brought into view by tapping just about anywhere on the top half of your screen. There’s no settings screen in Music 3.0 — it’s just a clean, straightforward app which lets you listen to your music whether it’s stored locally or in the Google Music cloud.If you were lucky enough to score a beta invite, it’s definitely worth downloading. Even if you didn’t, however, it’s still a nice upgrade from the previous stock app — so anyone running Android 2.2 or better should take the plunge.music5music5music1music3music2musicmusic1musicmusic4Mobiputing also put together a video of the new app:last_img read more