April 19, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Spotify hasn’t updated its Android app since November, despite frequent reports from users about the app crashing, performing poorly, or having a frustrating interface. A new update to one of the world’s most popular streaming service is right around the corner, and it’s a significant one that should address all of those concerns.
Diego Planas Rego, writing on the Spotify blog, reveals that Spotify has opted to embrace the Holo design in its latest update. Before pushing the new version to Google Play, the company has posted a preview APK that users can download now and test for themselves.
Spotify Premium members will find that the app has “Full support for Android 4.0″ and looks much cleaner than the previous version. The app has been completely overhauled in order to favor cleaner lines and swipe-based slide navigation. The previous design was ok, but it wasn’t as fluid as the new version, which has some similarities with the default Google Music app.
A downloadable APK is available here to install on your phone. A Spotify premium account is required to use the app, but you can sign-up for a 30-day trial if you are a new user. Spotify is not available everywhere.
Other new features promised by Spotify include:
- Even more social – check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
- Artist imagery in high resolution
- Related artist view – available for the first time on mobile
- ‘Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
- So much faster!