Google Play Music update brings Material design and Songza integration

Google Play Music update brings Material design and Songza integration
We've seen the leaks showing what Google Play Music will look like with the Material design update, and now the update is officially rolling out to Android devices. Even better, the update doesn't only bring the Material design overhaul, it also adds features from Google's recent acquisition of Songza to your "Listen Now" section.

The Songza integration works just as you might expect. You start off by choosing what you're doing - working, driving, taking an autumn stroll - from a list that will change based on the time of day. Then, you choose the type of music you want to hear within that category. The idea is that what you're doing feeds into the tempo and energy level of the music, then you choose the genre you want. So, within the "Autumn stroll" category, you have options for "a soulful stroll", "an acoustic excursion", "a hip hop stride", and more. Google is saying that this is only available for subscribers, meaning you'll have to be paying for All Access in order to get the Songza features.

The update also reorganizes things a bit. One change we love is that the recommended music and playlists have been separated from your "recent activity" rather than having the two mixed together. Otherwise, the only real changes are to the UI with the new Material design look and animations. 

The update will be rolling out to everyone through the Google Play Store; but, if you're impatient, Android Police has the APK for manual download at the source.


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12 Comments

1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Finally!! it looks better to me...

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Of all flat UI implementations , Material android 5 design looks the best. WP and iOS aint bad, but Android 5 Material design just feels natural

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

In my opinion Windows Phone store looks better, those that follow dont look better than the original. Look at WP store site by side and compare.

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

FANBOY DETECTED

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

In my opinion Windows Phone store looks better, those that follow dont look better than the original. Look at WP store site by side and compare.

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

No one following WP here..... Flat ui != wp... Btw material is not about flatness..it's about depth....

9. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Of course it does, since it's Google's implementation.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL....are you getting jealous from all the attention Google is getting ?

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

updated...its beautiful :')

6. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

is it me or did htc do this with there original htc one, apps have different color menu bars, etc.

10. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I'm trying to wait until Lollipop is released in full, but I'm going to be highly disappointed if the Play Music app doesn't look like the one demoed in the keynote.

12. DavidGoddard

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 2014

I would be too. I'm an avid music listener and just hopped on the All Access bandwagon and when I saw that demoed I was ecstatic. But then it updated and we got this. Not saying it's bad but was really hoping for the cool animations and transitions that they showed off. Still optimistic, but idk why they would update it to this unless there not doing what they showed off. So optimistic but skeptical

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