Spotify adds faster Android 4.0 design, widget, Last.fm scrobbling, and higher quality in new update
June 12, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Spotify has made its completely redesigned Android app available in Google Play. The new app, which has been rebuilt with the Android 4.0 design guidelines in mind, offers a new slide-out navigation that makes it easier than ever to access controls and song playlists. Users can also slide right to access What’s New, Inbox, Friends, and Search to find the right song to play.
The latest version of Spotify looks absolutely nothing like the last version. The app has an ICS look and hi-res album art to go with it. It has also added a great looking “Related Artist” screen to discover similar artists to the one currently being played. The controls on the player page have also been simplified to look more like the default Play Music app, and the controls are always accessible at the bottom of the screen. Users can also change the song through a new home screen widget.
Aside from its pretty new exterior, Spotify has updated to include a few important behind the scenes features. The sound quality has been bumped up to 320 kbps, which is a huge improvement for people who crave richer audio even when streaming music. It also can now crossfade between songs, enable Last.fm scrobbling, and browse a friend’s profile or playlist page from the app.
Spotify is available now in Google Play. The app requires a Spotify Premium subscription and a Facebook account (unless you signed up without one before). Android 2.1 or higher is necessary to use the app.