Google’s music streaming service arrives on iOS looking familiar, but missing a couple of features
Google Play Music finally arrived on the iOS App Store late last week, giving iPhone owners the opportunity to access Google’s library of streaming music on their devices. Over at our sister site iMore they’ve been putting Google Play Music for iPhone through its paces, and they’ve found it closely matches the Android version in terms of playback and basic functionality, as well as looks. From iMore’s Richard Devine:
“If you’re a user of any of Google’s other iOS applications then you’ll feel immediately at home with this. It’s attractive to look at, and very distinctively Google. The white cards on light gray background is clean and crisp with the Google Play Music signature orange highlights adding just the right splash of color. It’s basically a carbon copy of Google’s own Android app, and it’s so incredibly silky smooth to navigate around. The sliding motion of the menu coming out from the side, the player view minimising, general scrolling up-and-down and side-to-side is all without flaw. I actually think it performs slightly better than the Android version. But it isn’t the only Google app that could be said of.”
However it isn’t all smooth sailing — there’s no in-app purchase support, which means you can’t buy content or subscribe to All Access from within the app. That’s likely due to Google not wanting to share a cut of profits with Apple. So listening to your existing stuff is easy to do, but if you want to buy more you’ll need to fire up the web interface.
Check out iMore’s full review for the lowdown on Google Play Music for iPhone.
Image details finally will be available in the app
Be on the lookout, folks, for an update to Google+ in the near future. Google’s Virgil Dobjanschi on G+ (natch) gives word that the updated v4.2.3 brings forth a few new improvements. To wit:
- The Photos section now will work with Android Beam, so you can shoot pics to each other using NFC.
- Also, Photos now works with Daydream (the screen-saver feature you can find in the Display settings), so when you’re docked or charging the app can show off your pretty pictures.
- Photos now shows image details. (Finally! Quit asking what camera we took that picture with!)
- And, non-photo-wise, the Locations section will automatically refresh your friends’ locations when you open it.
Good improvements, all. Look for the staggered rollout to hit you sooner or later.
Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi