By Stephen Schenck | June 13, 2013 7:58 PM
Have you tried out Google’s new All Access streaming radio yet? Some of the early adopters playing around with the service had noticed that it sure seemed to be pulling down a lot of data – fine for those of us on unlimited or high-tier plans, but not great news for someone looking to keep their monthly use down. While Google did offer users some control over the amount of bandwidth consumed, there was only one option, letting you force the highest-quality possible. What it didn’t have was any way to specify a preference for lower-bandwidth options, so unless you were keeping an eye on your data usage, it was easy to overdo things. Today an update has started going out, and it finally adds some extra quality settings.
With this update, you can choose low, medium, or high quality streaming. That way, if you’re getting near the end of the month and are pushing the limits of your data tier, you can always dial things back to low quality so you can still enjoy All Access.
Beyond that, the updated app will simply consume less data in general thanks to some new optimizations, search results should be a little more pertinent, and the app will now take less time to download tracks to your phone. Look for your notification to arrive in the coming days.