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Spotify Finally Overhauls its Android App to Add Support for ICS, New UI & New Features

New Spotify beta for Android

Spotify has finally issued a massive overhaul to its official Android application that not only adds support for Ice Cream Sandwich, but also delivers a new user interface and new features. The application has been rebuilt from the ground up and Spotify promises it’s faster than ever.

Its speed was actually one of the biggest complaints Android users had over the Spotify app. But this release is set to change that. It also does away with the app’s aging look to introduce a pretty new design that fits in with Google’s ‘Holo’ theme for Ice Cream Sandwich applications.

Spotify lists the changes in a post on its blog:

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • 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
  • So much faster!

In addition to this, the company says it’s also “working hard” on adding other features, including folders and scrobbling — which it hopes to have ready before the app appears in Google Play.

One thing it doesn’t support, however, is Spotify Apps, which launched inside the Spotify desktop applications for Mac and PC back in November. This feature is yet to make its way into any of Spotify’s mobile apps, and the company has remained coy on whether or not it will do so. It has, however, confirmed that it is open to the idea.

While the new app isn’t ready for public release yet, you can get your hands on the beta if you’re itching to try it out. All you need to do is give your Android handset permission to install unauthorized applications from the settings menu, then download the app from Spotify’s website.

As always, you’ll need a Spotify Premium account at $9.99 per month.

Have you tried the new Spotify for Android beta yet?

[via Spotify]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...