The Spotify app for Android has always been a let down to what is otherwise a first rate music streaming service. We recently got a preview of their latest efforts in the form of a preview edition, and the difference was staggering. For some people -- myself included -- it rekindled a love affair with the service. Suddenly, Spotify for Android had become beautiful as well as functional, following the Android 4.0 design themes superbly. Today sees the end of the preview, and the general release of the update into the Google Play Store.
But, not content with what we've already seen and played around with, Spotify has gone and added yet more new features. One of which being Last.fm scrobbling, another being a new widget.
So, what do we actually get? The answer, quite a lot:
- Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
- Top-to-bottom redesign
- All-new slide-out navigation
- Even more social - check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
- Artist imagery in high resolution
- Related artist view - available for the first time on mobile
- ‘Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
- So much faster!
- Play queue
- Last.fm scrobbling
- Crossfade/gapless playback settings
- Widget – control Spotify from the home screen
- Folder support
The update now seems to be live in the Play Store, so head on over and grab yourselves a copy. As always though, please remember it does require a Spotify Premium account to use on mobile. But, if you've ever thought about signing up, now is definitely as good a time as any.