Spotify has released new version of its Android app, as hinted at in recent reports. The update is said to address issues that users experienced on handsets running Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich.
Your phone doesn’t actually need to be running OS 4.0 to be able to access the new app. The update is a Beta edition, currently only available to download via the Spotify blog rather than through the Google Play store.
Spotify promises “a complete overhaul” with full support for Android 4.0, a “top-to-bottom redesign” and new “slide-out” style navigation, meaning that you can swipe sideways on certain screens to move between sub-sections.
It adds the ability to check friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go and also brings in the “related artists” feature that previously was only available on the desktop application. So that’s an improvement over the iOS version at the moment.
Artist imagery is shown in high resolution, which will benefit those with larger screens on their device, while on the audio side, there is a setting to enable a higher quality 320kbps bitrate, as found on the iOS app too.
The company goes on to say: “We’re working hard on adding further features, including folders and Last.fm scrobbling, before the app goes live in Google Play.”
To get this Beta preview, you’ll need to set your phone to allow installation from unknown sources in Android’s Settings and Applications menus. Then follow the link on the Spotify blog page (below) on your phone to download the .apk file.
As before, only subscribers to Spotify Premium are able to get music on the move through the mobile app, though you can still get a 30-day trial if you’ve not sampled it already.