Music on Google TV

The Google Play Music app has received an update, which brings a few welcome and overdue features. One new feature is the support for expanded notifications for Jelly Bean devices. One of our favorite features of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is the richer and more interactive notifications, so it's great to see more apps taking advantage.  Plus, Google Play Music is one of my most used apps, so I'm definitely glad that I'll be able to control and view more directly from my notification tray. Another new item is a quick link to your Nexus Q settings should you have the Nexus Q app installed.

The update also brings support for Google TV devices. When we received Sony's new Google TV box last month, we were astonished to find that the Google Play Music app was deemed 'incompatible'. It was frustrating to say the least; If you are buying a Google TV unit, you expect to be able to install the core Google apps. This update has corrected that and should make the app work with the newer Google TV models, such as the Sony box mentioned earlier and the Vizio Co-Star.

To get the update or the free app, hit up our Google Play Store link, and screenshots of the notifications and settings are after the break.

Google Music update


Reader comments

Google Play Music updated, brings Google TV support and expanded notifications in Jelly Bean


Finally!!! Woop! Hated the fact that the widget and notification had only skip forward, now we have skip back too, would love if they did this to the widget.....but I have to wait for my Galaxy Nexus to come back from repair first....-_-

The only enhancement I was looking for and seems not be part of this update is the ability to save my music on the sdcard...I use this App every single day basically the only Music app on my phone expect for the stock GS3 music app that I have never even used (it is hidden now).


  • Open the album you want to save on device.
  • Tap the small triangle in the lower right
  • Tap the "Keep on device" entry

This will keep the music on your device. Play it right through the app -- it reads it off the device if it's pinned.

Funny, it worked fine on my Sony GTV. I have last years model, but worked great. Maybe mine is Honey Comb and the new one is ICS?

The new Sony google tv box is still Honeycomb.
To get google play music to work on it I had to install an older version of it.
Hopefully this new version will work on it like they say it does.