Spotify is on fire with announcements these days. Fresh off of the news that the music-streaming service is partnering with companies such Coca-Cola and will build branded apps for them within the platform, the company is rolling out a preview of its new and improved Android app.
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Spotify for Android is getting a new design with easier navigation and a feature that allows you to check out friends' profile pages. Although it won't be live in the Google Play store yet, it is available for download as a preview app starting now.
Among other new features of the app that runs with full support for Android 4.0 are more artist imagery in high resolution, faster navigation and a related artist view tool.
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"That’s not the end of it," Spotify said in a press release. "We’re working hard on adding further features, including folders and Last FM scrobbling, before the app goes live in Google Play."
To gain access to the Android preview, set your phone to allow installation from "Unknown Sources" by going to the Settings, Applications and then Unknown sources menu. When finished, click the button below to get the update.
Many many are expecting a Spotify iPad app soon, and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said during a press conference on Wednesday that it's "in the works."
In addition to recently announcing partnerships with various brands, last week Spotify launched a tool for music fans and web editors to embed playlists, songs or albums to a website or blog for free. The Spotify Play Button was designed to give users a way to legally share music online.
Spotify also recently announced plans to keep the service free in the U.S. indefinitely. The company initially granted U.S. consumers access to the platform with no restrictions for six months. For those who didn’t sign up for a premium package — ranging from $4.99 to $9.99 a month — the site would be limited to 10 free hours of streaming music each month. It’s unknown how long the streaming service will remain free in the U.S.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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