Google Play Music getting offline radio, “play next” button, device management tools


Last week saw Google updating a number of Android apps, and we told you about changes coming to Drive, Hangouts, Search, Maps, and more. Google’s not a company to rest on its laurels, and this week brings along some new updates of its own. Among them, a new version of Google Play Music hits the Play Store today, delivering a few changes that sound decently worthwhile.

For instance, Play Music now lets you manage your ten devices allowed to access your account straight from your phone or tablet. That means if you’re trying out a new phone and want to get your music on it, you’ll no longer have to turn to Google’s web interface to deauthorize an older device to make room.

You could already cache individual tracks for offline access, and with this latest update, that ability extends to most radio stations.

We also see new controls for adding tracks to your playlist, some Chromecast bugfixes and UI tweaks, and easier access to app settings. All in all, there’s nothing groundbreaking here, but a lot of smaller, yet still solid improvements. Look for your update notification to be arriving soon.

Source: Google Play
Via: Android Police

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