Google Play Store “Explore Similar Artists” Feature Pops Up Early, Pre-Android-4.2

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Google gave us a great idea of what to expect from Android 4.2 after announcing the new platform build earlier this week. We’re still waiting to check out all the changes ourselves, but until we see those Android 4.2 updates start arriving, tablet users can get an early peek at one of them, upon the new Explore Similar Artists feature in the Play Store already going live.

You won’t need Android 4.2 for this to work, nor a leaked Play Store APK; the feature is reportedly showing up already on Nexus 7 devices. For now it looks to be tablet-only, but if you have the opportunity to check it out on appropriate hardware, you can see what Google’s been working on before the rest of us.

Clicking on the Explore Similar Artists button in a Play Store music listing will bring up a graph connecting the artist in question to similar bands, and then those to other musicians that share similar sounds, influences, and fans. The interface looks like the new Knowledge Graph that Google talked about when sharing the changes coming to Google Search in Android 4.2. From what we’ve seen, it looks like an easy, fun way to try broadening your musical horizons a little.

Source: Android Police

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