Saturday, 19 September 2015

Google Play Music for Android Updated With Improved Chromecast Integration


Google Play Music for Android is now receiving an update that primarily brings improved Chromecast integration. The latest version v6.0.1995S is now available to download or update via Google Play.

The app listing notes some of the overhauled Chromecast integration including gapless or no break of playback in between songs alongside gapless playback support now enabled over Cast. Another major addition is that it continues music playback even if the phone is turned off or if the user left with the media device.

Google Play Music back in June besides adding free tier for its music streaming service also added several changes in its app, bringing it up to version 6.0.

The updated Google Play Music app brought Playlists and Radio moved inside the My Library option in the navigation drawer. New options namely New Releases and Browser Stations were added. Both the free users and the All Access subscribers received the access to the new curated stations. Also, while the free users would see ads on the service, the All Access users would not see the same while streaming music.

An earlier report claimed that Google at its rumoured September 29 event might reveal the second-generation Chromecast streaming device alongside the two Nexus smartphones. Citing leaked internal documents, it added that the new Chromecast may receive Spotify support - a music streaming service.

The leaked document suggested that Chromecast platform would soon be able to support the popular Spotify music streaming service that has been absent from the list of partners. This would come in addition to the company's own Google Play Music streaming service for the Chromecast. The HDMI streaming player already supports Netflix and Pandora.