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Designer Puts Together What a Redesigned Google Music Could Look Like


Since the launch of Google Now, Google has been moving towards a certain design language with Android and it’s been well received by many people. The core Google apps have been slowly moving away from the Honeycomb look and more towards the Jelly Bean “Holo” feel. One app that still feels lacking, however, is Google Music, the dark backgrounds and highlights just don’t mesh with Jelly Bean well. 

One designer put together a great looking mock-up for what the new app could be. Rajesh Handa uploaded an album of screenshots to his Google+ page showing what Google could do with the app as far as swiping and color schemes go, and it looks great. Everything about this app screams Android 4.2 and Google might do well to take some cues from this.

What do you think about this suggested redesign? Head over to Handa’s Google+ page to see the rest of his design mock-up.

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  • vitriolix

    This doesn’t really think much about UX. Losing the permanent song controls on the bottom is a major regression.

  • M C

    Its the one lacking point of android currently, that ios captures. A polished ui. Its great to have all your settings and such up front i’m a fan of it, but just throwing settings out there with no real goal makes it cluttered.

  • Humberto Cortes

    too much white it will hurt my eyes using this in low light places >_<

    • Dan

      definitely, I much prefer a dark theme, hopefully they give you the dark/light choice if they ever do retheme it

  • TylerChappell

    The Music app looks perfectly fine as it is. I actually miss the original version.

  • hiitsme

    too much yellow, yuck! and way too much white, battery drain city. pass.

  • OmarioAmriky

    Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow…

  • VoiceofSky

    Awesome color …not -_-

  • Ohshaith55

    hell yeah, yellow. not enough things are yellow

  • Eww. Get rid of the yellow, for God’s sake.

    • Chris

      The “yellow” is based on Google music’s color in the play store.

      • I know, I still don’t see why they had to change the icon. I liked it better before. I’m not a fan of yellow. Funny, because I have a thing for blondes.

  • DJ SPY

    “the dark backgrounds and highlights just don’t mesh with Jelly Bean well.”

    The jellybean design did not mesh well with the beautiful dark them on my Maxx HD. I guess someone forgot to theme the people app forgot to theme

  • Eldorath

    As some have mentioned previously.. Yellow on white (or white on yellow) should NEVER happen. I understand WHY the yellow… but that white needs to be toned down to a slightly darker grey or something. (even the current Steel-bluish color would suffice)

    Also going to point out, that font needs to be bolder. As it is, it doesn’t appear to even be Roboto. (It’s a very thin font)

  • ChristianJohnson

    Never realized how “outdated” Google Music actually looks. This looks great, minus the yellow. That traditional blue would do well there or even that Music logo orange.

  • Tirionfive

    Lets take into account AMOLED screens. White wreaks havoc on batteries with AMOLED technology, and makes all the pixels come on, thus; less screen life.

    Google, we appreciate the look of “Holo”, but keep in mind the AMOLED screens.

    • Bob G

      Good thing the Nexus 4 does not have AMOLED screens 🙂

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  • mdos

    It’s not yellow, people. It’s the same yellow-orange they’ve been using to represent their music project for it’s life thus far.

  • moozicmon

    This needs to happen.

  • Ryuuie

    Ok, seriously, WHY is it yellow?

    • Kamil Zabiegała

      Because. Because it is official color that represents Google Music service.

      • Ryuuie

        That’s fine and all but it’s still ugly. :

        Edit: Besides, red represents both Gmail and Google+ and neither of those apps focus so heavily on that color.

  • Bigwavedave25

    I can dig the theme. Clean and straight forward. It definitely needs a “DARK” theme option. Too many light colors going on. 🙂

  • Guest

    Reminds me more of Metro UI than Holo.

  • The garish yellow-black contrast is too Microsoft.

  • mgamerz

    The yellow is hideous.

  • counsel dew

    UI… It works. The view is much less important to me. Would you use a prettier app that didn’t work as well?

  • master94

    I like the design, very minimum but yellow, really?

    • Chris

      google music is yellow

      • master94

        Yes I realize that, but again, why did they choose the color yellow? There are other colors that would match the theme better.

  • Jake

    I know the color isn’t appealing per se, but I get it as the choice for the render. It matches that of the Google Music icon. It’s not like it was a random choice.

  • Nathan Corachea

    pretty nice. looks like an update that never came to apollo. but with yellow instead of blue

  • I really enjoy black backgrounds. Much more than white ones

  • possomcrast1

    Their app needs a redesign regardless.

  • David Larsen

    Not crazy about the color scheme, but other than that, I love this.

  • Eric Richardson


  • Murphy

    Hire him!

  • YELLOW!!!!

  • zepfloyd

    Looks like Google Music designed for Windows Phone, meh no thanks.

    • Sort of thinking the same thing. Looks a lot like Windows Phone.

      • zepfloyd

        With all the ‘trends’ in mobile these days I keep kind of asking myself; at what point is minimal – overly minimal…?

        • VoiceofSky

          that would be the point when Windows 8 arrived.

  • possomcrast1

    If you could customize the color then…NOW!

  • Kentholio

    I understand where he is coming from with the yellow, but I would think Google would use the same blue it uses for its other apps.

  • Eric

    I dunno what your smoking. This is horrendous the current design is a lot better than this crap.

    • regarding graphics or functionality? or both?

      • Eric

        Graphics mainly. Functionality looks OK but I would have to try it out first to be sure.

        • Graphics can always be changed. I’m not the biggest fan of the yellow, but don’t think it looks horrible

  • Ryan B

    Want it. How do I get it?!

  • andrew galvin

    I love the design. The google music app is lacking in more ways that just the UI lay out and is in dire need of a revamp. Navigating the app to get to a particular song can be a huge pain if your tags and albums are done correctly.

    • agreed. kinda mentioned the same thing

    • Shaggy723

      I have to agree. I must also note that with the most current update, Google music performs with pretty much zero lag. If they would update the design a bit, I would use it as my main music app.

  • Side note. I’m not sure if this ever happens, but when Google sees a great design or implementation of existing products, they should just contract that person do the work and then audit the code if need be so that things like this actually come to play quicker.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I like the design, but not the coloring. I’d also like to see Google Music get some better equalizer settings.

  • Dr_Buttballs

    All that yellow, no thanks.

    • I don’t think the yellow looks horrible, but that’s easily changed/themed. I think the overall design is great.

      • feztheforeigner

        I think some Jelly Bean Blue could fix this all up!

        • exactly and you know it’d be themed within a day or two of its release anyway….

    • Adam Neighbors

      Yellow is the worst of all colors.

      • michael arazan

        In the words of Raj Kuthaplai, I’m feeling orange

    • Michael Nichols

      It would be perfect if you can customize that color to your liking.

      • Chris

        it would defeat the purpouse of the color coding of the apps and google music is yellow.

    • the dark backgrounds and highlights just don’t mesh with Jelly Bean well. http://www.Get73dollareveryhourontheinternet.com.qr.net/jWH1/0,,20665981,00/mansion-america-39-s

    • michael arazan

      Yeah, make it hot pink!

  • B-E-A-UUUTIFUL… Some of the functionality of the newest version isn’t so great as well. If you’ve selected a song within an album and try to back out of it using the top navigation instead of the back button, it takes you to the artists list instead of the album. You can simply hit back, but for some reason, i think that top navi button should point back to the album and if you back out again, the artist list… kinda like a browser