TuneIn Radio is a popular app internet radio streaming. It features over 70,000 different stations that stream anything from pop music to talk shows, as well as tons of podcasts. Well, Android users have gotten an update to the TuneIn app that will now allow you to quickly purchase a song you’re listening to on the Play Music Store. You can also favorite music to go back and purchase it with a direct link later on. If you’re already a TuneIn user, this is a pretty useful feature for you. If you haven’t tried it yet, why not test out a new music discovery service? Hit the break for download links.
Good news for Google Music fans. The latest update brings a few enhancements that you might find useful. First, if you’re sporting a Jelly Bean device, you’ll enjoy expanded notifications. Check out the screenshot above from my Nexus 7. You can collapse the notification with a two-finger swipe up and get a more compact entry, or two-finger swipe back down to expand it again. Great to see Google embracing Jelly Bean’s new notification improvements.
If you happen to be one of the few Nexus Q embracers, you’ll be happy to see a convenient link to Q settings from the Google Music settings menu. Not a major feature, but appreciated nonetheless.
Probably the best new feature, at least in my opinion, is Google TV support. Yes, now you can legitimately install and use Google Play Music on a Google TV device. The old version always listed Google TV devices as incompatible in the Play Store, which to me was quite surprising.
Of course, now that it runs on my Sony Google TV set top box, I have to wonder if I’ll use my Nexus Q less. Playing my Google Music was the main thing I did with my Q since it was the easiest way to pipe my music through my entertainment center. Not so any more. Perhaps that’s why it took Google this long to add Google TV support… business reasons. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter now, and I’m happy.
All this sound good to you? Click the download link or scan the QR code below to grab the update.
You may want to check your app updates because Google Play Music just got an awesome new update. This new version comes with a bunch of new improvements and features such as:
- Now Playing queue that allows for queuing and reordering of currently playing music.
- New UI for navigation with transport controls on the action bar.
- New large album art view on Recent.
- Playlist art is now constructed from album art of songs in the playlist.
- Now Playing widget has album art and support for thumbs up.
- Harder, better, faster, stronger.
I’m already loving this new version. The improved UI makes for a cleaner look, the playlist art is a nice new addition, and I’m especially loving the new queuing features. This is definitely much better than previous versions of Google music. Grab the updated version through either of the links below.
Google launched Google Play Magazines and TV shows in the US at Google I/O last week. Well, it looks like you folks across the pond won’t be getting access to these new services, or to Google Music, in time for the Nexus 7 launch. Currently, the UK has access to Apps, Books, and Movies. Streaming music with Google Music has yet to arrive, and the UK was not included in the new roll-out of Magazines and TV shows.
“The UK version will feature all of the options currently available in the UK Play store,” a Google spokesperson told The Inquirer. That short sentence says everything it needs to. Only the current offerings will be available to UK users when the Nexus 7 launches for £159. Of course, this does not mean that the UK will never get these services, and it’s likely those services will all show up at some point in the future.
Does the delay in adding all Google Play services in the UK deter anyone from buying a Nexus 7? The 7-inch tablet is a Google Play consumption device, so we understand if you’re disappointed it won’t be all it can be at launch, but does that price point make you willing to take the plunge anyway and wait for the services to come? UK folks, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Google showed further commitment to improving its Google Play Music services today by switching on a few new labs features. Google fans will no doubt be familiar with the companies famous labs projects, labs features are generally experimental options or works in progress that Google allow users to add onto existing products for testing purposes. Some make the final cut and others never see the light of day.
There are 3 new features introduced which you can enable and disable at your leisure :
Find out what’s playing without having to switch back to your Google Music tab. A notification will appear at the start of each song with the song title, artist name, album title, and album cover. This lab only works in the Chrome browser.
Listen to your music without the need for Flash. Works in all browsers that support MP3 playback with HTML5 audio: Chrome, Safari 3.1+, and IE 9+.
Rate songs on a 5-star scale rather than thumbs-up or thumbs-down
You can switch these features on by clicking the link below however don’t forget that they are experimental and not the finished article. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : Google Play Music
Google Play Music has come a long way since it originally hit the market as Google Music beta and if the Google Operating System website is anything to go by, it could be about to get even better. The sneaky snoops managed to unearth the Google Play Music source code and the bounty within gives a few clues towards some forthcoming features. The most interesting discovery was a ‘Music Labs’ page and if you know your Google, you’ll know that Labs is used as a testing ground for experimental features and works in progress that may or may not make the final product.
Some of the new features we can expect to see include a browser based music uploader which would likely replace the desktop application. There’s also a new history section which is likely to show you play counts and other trends. It also looks like there will be different visuals available, perhaps allowing you to skin the music player to your taste.
There’s no timeline on when we could expect to see these new features and in typical Labs fashion we may not even see some of them at all, but we can be certain to see the evolution of Google Music as the year rolls on.
source : Google Operating System