Google Play Music gets a new unified search bar on Android

Igor Bonifacic

January 8, 2016 7:04pm

Google has pushed a minor update to its Play Music app. The streaming service’s Android app now has a new search bar more inline with the company’s other apps. While probably not the user interface redesign most Play Music users were hoping for (Google, can we please get the Photos team working on this joint?), the new search bar functions better than what was in the app previously.

The nice touch here is that users don’t need to download an update to start using this functionality; it’s a server-side update that Google is currently in the process of rolling out.

Google recently made the decision to shutdown Songza, the playlist streaming service it acquired in 2014. On January 31st, Songza’s excellent playlists will only be available through Google Play Music.

  • MarkLastiwka

    and it still can’t identify music in Canada from sound…

    • power_pizza

      I was going to ask if anyone else was having issue with the ‘identify what’s playing’ function. Very strange that this functionality still doesn’t work in Canada.

    • MarkLastiwka

      I feel like google just stopped doing anything with it.

    • Victor Creed

      More like Google just stopped doing anything with Canada.

    • blzd

      This is one of things that has no reason to be disabled in Canada lol. I think you can even trick the device into thinking you live in the U.S and it suddenly starts working.

      It’s not like we have much different music across the boarder.

  • Jonah Emery

    The layout of this app is hideous. Just a bunch of squares with dots in the corner. Sound quality, search, and selection is good though.

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