How to get the new Google Music app from Jelly Bean on your Android ICS phone now

How to get the new Google Music app from Jelly Bean on your Android ICS phone now
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with a new Google Music player, on top of the other rather cool stuff that it will bring, and perfect when you want to stream some of those up to 20, 0000 tunes you might have stored in Google's cloud.

JB is JB, but how about some respect for the poor Android Ice Cream Sandwich device owners? It comes, as usual courtesy of the XDA-Devs forum threads, in the form of the new Google Music .apk, pulled from the official Android 4.1 build, which just got released recently to the Android Open Source Project

Here are the steps to install it, if you don't have much experience with such pulls:

  • Have a rooted or not Android ICS device, of course. If you have the current Google Music app, uninstall it;
  • Go to Settings->Security->Unknown Sources, and check to install sideloaded apps, if you haven't done so already;
  • Download the Google Music 4.3.605 app;
  • Get to it with a file browser and install on your device, reinstall/reboot is there are issues.

It's the latest version of the app, and even features a widget for your homescreen, which is not the prettiest of sights, but works for streaming songs from the Google Music cloud and playing offline tunes, and that's what's required from it.

source: matt95 (XDA-Devs)

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9 Comments

1. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Cloud music streaming is draining data usage. I always using my microSD card.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Works great on my droid razr...

7. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

What..... if...... I already ..... HAVE 4.1.1 :D

3. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

no problem while installing and uninstalling it on s3

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I just deleted the old player and dropped the new one in the /system/app folder while renaming it GoogleMusic.apk, rebooted, purchased a song, for free, went back to the player and all of my past music synced.

5. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

How to get ICS on my Android phone - that's the question! :ReZound:

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Since it's posted on XDA, why not root your phone?

8. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

You can root, or wait for the official ICS update which (according to HTC) should be arriving near the end of the month. The originally said June-July, so they're not too late.

9. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

June-July was the last word, not the oroginal. The very first one was "early 2012". I don't think rooting is possible with the latest update installed. Also, I want to be able to receive the official ICS when available.

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