It seems that Google is going all out with Chromecast for this upcoming holiday season. Hot on the heels of the news that Chromecast is now usable with 10 new applications, today Google has announced that it is getting even more accessible. Google’s own Play Music and Play Movie services are now easier to use with Chromecast. (more…)
This morning, Google Music received an update to build 5.3.1316 which brings with it the option to store cached music to your external SD card and share music with the world. Other than that, they made a slight UI tweak to the slideout menu (you’ll see bold letters instead of grey backgrounds). Not a big update, but good stuff none-the-less.
To access the store-to-SD option, you’ll have to have a phone with a microSD slot (obviously). Once you confirm that you do (please tell me you can confirm this by yourself), head into Music Settings and you should see the option at the bottom of the “Downloading” section. If you’d like to share songs, tap the action overflow menu while viewing or listening albums/tracks and you’ll see the option to “Share.”
We have a download link for you below for sideloading, since this is more than likely a staged rollout. (more…)
Yesterday, a new version of Google Music arrived through Google Play, but as usual is a staged rollout that likely hasn’t hit many of us yet. The update jumps the build number up to 5.2.1233L.870763 and appears to be mostly minor. There is one new addition, though, and that’s a “I’m feeling lucky” radio button (also seen in the web player). Based on your listening history, a press of that button will put together a playlist for you that Google feels will satisfy your needs. (more…)
Google has started the slow process of rolling out an updated version of Google Music to the masses. The version number is 5.2, and it brings at least one very cool addition – genre-based radio stations. Why that wasn’t available form the beginning, don’t ask us. From looking in the app for a few minutes, there also appears to be an updated UI for your download queue, but other than that, there isn’t much to see. (more…)
When Motorola announced its new line of DROID phones for Verizon – the ULTRA, Maxx, and Mini – they mentioned a special promo that would give new owners of each device a free 6-month subscription to Google’s All Access music service. Now that each device has been released, we’re hearing from a handful of owners (mostly of the MAXX) who are trying to receive the free 6-month offer and failing. In fact, they aren’t finding the offer anywhere other than in listings on Verizon’s page for each phone. So how can you get the free 6 months? (more…)
Unless you were an early adopter of Google Play Music All Access when it launched a few months ago, the price to get started will run you $9.99 each month. That price is pretty competitive when compared to other music services out there, but if today’s rumors are true, paying for it could get a little more streamlined, if you are on Verizon. (more…)
Google Play Music lovers that also have a Chromecast should attempt (don’t forget about staged rollouts) to pick up the newest update that brings improvements for the streaming service. We haven’t been able to try the update out yet, but the service already works decently well with Chromecast, so who knows what “improvements” could mean exactly.
If the update is live for you and you are able to try out streaming to Chromecast, let us know how well it goes.
One small announcement from today’s DROID announcement that we wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss was Google Music related. Google may have said they are not playing favorites since they bought Motorola, but the new DROID Mini, ULTRA and MAXX are the only Android devices to get you six free months of Google Music All Access when you buy them.
These devices also come with Ingress invites for you and 5 of your friends if you are looking to get in on Google’s virtual reality game of capture the flag. As fun as that sounds, All Access is a near $70 value. We are big fans of the service here at Droid Life, but whether or not this extra service will be enough to sell someone on a new phone remains to be seen.