Spotify Beta for Android 4.0 Review [Video]

The Spotify team recently unveiled their brand new Beta Android app for ICS devices. It appears to be completely rewritten with new features and a user interface that resembles the “Holo” theme found throughout Android 4.0. You still must be a premium user ($9.99/mo) to use this app, which might encourage a few of you to make the jump and upgrade! You can try the beta here.

User Interface

This is the biggest change with the new app. Navigation throughout the app is triggered either by swiping a menu in from the left side or tapping the menu button in the top left corner. You can swipe this menu into view from anywhere within the app. There’s also a hint of Holo, like mentioned before, which is easiest to see in Artist pages and placement of the menu buttons. All imagery of a high resolution and navigation is pretty smooth throughout.

Also, after using this on the Asus Transformer Prime, it’s clear that this app still isn’t quite optimized for tablet-sized screens yet. Gah!

Features

Several features have been added to the new app, including the ability to view your friends’ Spotify profiles and check out related artists in high resolution through “Artist Pages.” Streaming and downloading in “extreme” quality is also now available.

Straight from the Spotify page:

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • More social – check out friends’ profile pages and playlists
  • Artist imagery in high resolution
  • Related artist view
  • Much faster!

I was really hoping to see Spotify’s “Radio” feature implemented in the newest version of the mobile app, but it looks like we’ll have to keep waiting for that.

Verdict

It’s an awesome improvement; and if you used the previous Spotify app you know exactly what we’re talking about! Performance is also notably improved, which is a welcome improvement over the awkward drawer the old app used. Overall I’m glad to see additional features, and I hope the improvement continues though to the final version. Well done, Spotify! Tablet-optimized app coming soon? Please? I sure hope so.

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