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.
Not that we normally report on many of the global happenings involving Google services, but today, Google appears to have pushed both Music All Access and Books into a handful of new countries. Google Play Music All Access is probably the biggest news, as it is no longer a U.S. exclusive and can now be taken advantage of in New Zealand and Australia.
Books on the other hand is now available in Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, and Romania.
Via: Google Support
In this week’s Android Design in Action show, Android team designers Marco Paglia and Owen Otto take us on a tour of the process involved in recreating Google Play (version 4.0) and its accompanying apps. As you know, the new Google Play features a card-style design that is responsive to the type of device you are using, but it’s also about putting bigger images in your face, making content easier to find, and navigating a breeze. This 30-minute clip explains scaling, grid sizes, and the choices behind the entire new look of Google Play and Google Music that you are using today.
Whether you are an app designer or not, it’s always interesting to dive into the minds of someone on the Android team, especially when they let you inside their thought process when it comes to major overhaul of an app we use all of the time.
Also, here are a bunch of the slides from the video if you want the shortened version of it all.
If procrastinating and waiting till the last minute is your MO, then be aware that time is running out to lock in the $8/month price tag for All Access, Google’s music streaming service. Introduced at Google I/O back in May, many folks have already cancelled other streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify in favor of All Access, allowing them to bring all of their subscription services under one roof. Once July starts, the service will cost new subscribers $10 a month. Not that bad, but still $2 more than early adopters. (more…)
In the weeks following the announcement of Google Music All Access, we wrote up a piece detailing a semi-serious issue that could arise should someone use the service alongside their tiered data plan. Since the new music service lacked any sort of data usage or bandwidth controls, one could gobble up massive amounts of data in no time at all without even realizing it. By bringing the issue to light, we hoped for a change to the app from Google that would give users better control over bandwidth usage. An update to solve this problem has arrived today. (more…)
If you signed up for the free trial of Google Music All Access shortly after it was announced at Google I/O, then prepare to either pay a monthly fee going forward or cancel, as your free trial is close to ending. The 30-day free trial for many of us who signed up immediately, expires in a few days, which Google has kindly reminded us of in an email.
Keep in mind that if you become a paid customer before June 30, and since you started the trial before that date, you can lock-in for $7.99 per month. If you don’t start a trial or paid service before June 30, the service will run you $9.99 per month. (more…)
Google Music received an update this afternoon that includes the ability to delete tracks, along with sharing of songs and adding to playlists from the Now Playing screen. Oh, they also gave the app the option to remove albums or songs from My Library. That’s pretty much it.
The update is available now, sort of. Google appears to be fully invested in the new rollouts for app updates that was introduced at I/O. So while the Play store may say that the app update is live and available, you’ll have to be patient as you wait for it to become available to you specifically. (more…)