Spotify’s Android app sucked. For a company releasing new innovations to their product regularly, the app was an embarrassing blemish on an otherwise impressive résumé. Much to the relief of Android users, Spotify has completely overhauled the app and released a preview of what’s to come.
Absolutely everything is better. The artist profile pages have been drastically improved, including all the features of the full program. Just like the main platform, users are now presented with the Top Hits and a full discography in an aesthetically pleasing way. The Related Artists section has finally made its way to mobile after being the original app’s most glaring omission, and it looks great. Slide-out navigation is smooth and pretty, finally making this app functional.
It’s clear there is a heavy emphasis on downloading playlists now. With unlimited data via a grandfathered Verizon contract, it’s a feature I never dabbled in, but a big banner across the top of the app makes it blatantly obvious they want you using it. Fortunately, it’s rather painless to use, and works well – my downloaded playlists queued instantly without having to worry about bad reception.
My favorite improvement is easily the song selector. On the old version, clicking on a song meant the app directed to an ugly player focusing on album art; the new version opens a player as a bottom banner, similar to Google Play Music. The song instantly plays without directing me to a new screen, which is much appreciated.
One more big addition: an “Extreme” sound quality setting for 320 kbps listening. Thank God.
Basically, they've finally found a good way to cram the full version of Spotify into your smart phone. As a subscriber, I highly appreciate the changes and feel justified paying for the service. For a full list of changes, head here.
No official release date has surfaced yet, but anyone can grab the preview version via Spotify’s website.