Google Music 4.0.1 leaks out: heralds the new Android looks

Google Music 4.0.1 leaks out: heralds the new Android looks
Google and Samsung might have pushed their October 11th event to the end of the month, but the latest version of Android they were going to unveil, Ice Cream Sandwich, continues leaking out from all possible sources. This time, it’s not the platform itself, but the Google Music app, which has appeared in its 4.0.1 version introducing a different, much cleaner UI and some improved controls.

The difference is clearly seen when compared to the current, 3.0 version. First, the overall design fits much better the neon Tron-like concept, which has first appeared on Honeycomb, and now makes its way into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Everything is drawn in minimalistic style, and the bottom strip of the player takes up less space.

The context menu now appears just below the selected item instead of right in the center as before. The ticker for making a track available offline has been moved away from that menu.

The older 3.x version is on the left, the newest 4.0.1 - on the right.
The older 3.x version is on the left, the newest 4.0.1 - on the right.

The older 3.x version is on the left, the newest 4.0.1 - on the right.


Probably the most interesting changes have happened in the player itself when its active. When playing a song, you’ll now see a much bigger version of the album art. There is a tiny strip below it where you can fast forward through songs. The search button in the top right is also a welcome addition.

The new 4.0.1 Music app allows you personalize your listening experience. How does that happen? You can like or dislike a song, which would affect your listening, a neat way to vote your favorite songs, and one which seems to be borrowed directly from YouTube.

Google Music 4.0.1 leaks out: heralds the new Android looks
Google Music 4.0.1 leaks out: heralds the new Android looks

Overall, it seems that Music 4.0.1 doesn’t revolutionalize the music application in Android, but rather builds on the experience. It adds a couple of minor but nice touches, to make it all fit nice in the new Ice Cream Sandwich looks. How do you like it? 



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10 Comments

1. Atrixdamonster unregistered

I think the new music app is great the coverflow for "albums" is official. there better be an update or a way for ICS to make its way to the atrix.

2. parthpatels007

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2011

thanks for the link phone arena

4. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

You mean Android Police. :)

3. fatakboy619

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

nice :)

5. Apple Fanboy unregistered

Funny people talking up Android and dissing iOS when Steve Jobs started it all with the iPhone.

6. baboex

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

nobody said anything about iOS in this article, or on the comment section FOR this article. Go troll somewhere else. I love the new Google Music App. I can't wait for the bugs to get worked out, but that's the price to pay for pre release APKs...

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Cool, I am on 2.3.7 on my cappy - hopefully someone ports this over to my phone.

8. packer242

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I like it; more of a good thing is always better.

10. MrEsmond unregistered

its a much more satisfying experience than the old Google Music App!!! Much cleaner... -HTC Droid Incredible

11. Droidude

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 04, 2010

I like the new look a lot. I downloaded Google Music Beta and that works great too. Now I just have to wait for ICS on my Droid 3 and I'll be a happy camper.

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