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Spotify for Android gets a facelift, beta version up for download

We're hoping this new update will address a lot of complaints from users
April 20, 2012

Spotify provides an excellent service for millions of music lovers, but Android users haven’t held back in voicing their discontent over the Android version of the streaming app. The old Spotify app was criticized for being very slow and an eye sore. Things may change, though,  because an updated version of Spotify for Android made its dashing appearance on the company’s website.

Here’s a list of improvements that you can find on the updated Spotify app (beta):

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • More social — check out friends’ profile pages and playlists
  • Artist images in high resolution
  • Related artist view

Now that Spotify is fully on board in terms of Android 4.0 support, it’s only natural for the app to integrate the design philosophy of Ice Cream Sandwich.  Along with the app’s new Holo skin, the interface has also been tweaked. Coupled with the new Related Artist view, the new interface makes it easier for users to discover new music. Navigating your way around the app is also faster and smoother, without so much as a hint of a hiccup, like you often saw on the previous version.

The cleaner look of the updated Spotify Android app allows more information to be displayed, with the menu options being relegated to the side. The pause/play button remains in the interface at all times, and there’s now the option to listen to songs with “Extreme” sound quality, which is defined by the music streaming service as playback at 320Kbps quality. In addition, the improved social features of the app gives you the ability to peek at what your friends have been listening to. You can also share your favorite tracks, albums, and playlists with your friends.

If you like what you read so far, Spotify plans to add Last FM scrobbling and folders to the final version of the app. The preview version of the new Spotify mobile app for Android can be downloaded here. Remember that you need to be a paying Premium member to use it, which would set you back a monthly $9.99.  Meanwhile, those living outside US and parts of Europe keep wondering when the service will hit their countries.