Honeycomb Preview: Google Music?

January 31, 2011
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Google is set to debut its new Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system this week at a press event, so what does that mean for music fans and the experience of Google Music? Let’s take a look at some of the ideas floating around on what we’re likely to see, and how Android 3.0 could revolutionize your music experience.

What Would You Like to See?

Android 3.0 was built for tablet, as well as Android mobile phones, so we’ll get a touch screen experience with a number of different apps. Some of the apps we’ve seen and have been using will remain the same, and some new items will pop up, like a version of Gmail that’s been optimized for the tablet, a YouTube that’s been redesigned for Android, and GoogleTalk, which is a video chat that’s going to compete with Apple’s FaceTime.

Consider then if you will, a creative list of ideas that could change they way we experience music. Then add to add your own ideas to the list.

5 things you could do with your Google Android tablet or mobile phone to make your musical life better:

1) Use your Android tablet/phone as a remote control for your sound system.

Remember the archaic CD player remote controls? If you still have any, throw them away. An Android tablet or mobile phone will allow you to have a full onscreen dashboard of controls to draw music from your own library and any online music sources. Connect the computer to your stereo for some serious sounds that go beyond thin sounding desktop speakers, and gain some serious fidelity. Then you can choose songs from anywhere in (or outside of) your house while Tweeting to the whole world what your currently listening to.

2) Sync your music library from various locations

Google’s Honeycomb is reputed to have a “Sync Music” feature that could allow you to sync all of your music files from your desktop computer, mobile phone and more, all into one cloud-based, online music locker. This has been the holy grail of online music for a few years now. There’s no way to verify whether this screenshot is true, but time will tell.

3) Buy music from the Google Music Store

There’s been a lot of talk about a Google Music Store with paid downloads for Android, which could be tied in part to its search engine, allowing users to connect to the store and buy music directly from Google. This obviously will put Google in direct competition with Apple and iTunes.

4) Stream music from a cloud-based subscription service

The second part of the Android music experience could be a Google Music cloud-based subscription service, that can be part of any mobile phone or tablet computer running Android, and will probably be tightly integrated with its upcoming Chrome operating system.

5) Use the Android tablet as a window for video

Whether it’s a live performance from a band or a festival experience like the Coachella webcast, you can watch anything from videos up to full HD video from your favorite band. Do this from anywhere, just imagine the possibilities

Check out the Android Honeycomb preview video below for a real-time video of the Android tablet experience.


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