Leaked Android music app gives a glimpse of the future

A leaked music player app could give Android fans their first glimpse at what's to come in a future version of Google's mobile OS.

An enterprising xda-developers forum user going by the handle johnnie93 has managed to get his hands on a test build of an app he claimed was first shown off by Google's VP of engineering Vic Gundotra at the Google I/O conference in May.

At the time, Mr Gundotra said the app, along with music streaming, would give users ''a flavour'' of what was to come post-Froyo. While music streaming doesn't appear to have made the cut in the debug build, there are visual clues including identical menu buttons and a very similar overall visual style that seem to support that claim that the app is the same one shown off seven months ago.

For those game to give the leaked app a try, an APK has been made available via the original forum post. A word of warning though - users have reported the app is riddled with bugs, including high memory usage, noticeable lag, missing icons, a lack of full playlist support and battery drain issues.

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Funny, looks ok, but kinda gives me the feeling like I've seen it before, the style reminds me of the apps I used on Windows Mobile and homebrew on the DS...

Lipstick on a pig.

It's still the crappy layout, made prettier. Except for the album view in landscape. The use of that is still questionable. The iPhone and WP7 are still way better than this, and that without less flash (altho iPhone's coverflow is equally stupid to Android's new shtick).

Superluminal said,
Lipstick on a pig.

It's still the crappy layout, made prettier. Except for the album view in landscape. The use of that is still questionable. The iPhone and WP7 are still way better than this, and that without less flash (altho iPhone's coverflow is equally stupid to Android's new shtick).


Well isnt that the point of Android? Seems like it. Cheap ugly crap to put on every device out there, replacement for symbian

Leonick said,

Well isnt that the point of Android? Seems like it. Cheap ugly crap to put on every device out there, replacement for symbian

You repeatedly bash android for attempting to become the new symbian, but do you realise just how much market share symbian has? 40-50% of the market isn't something to shy away from. Not all users need 1Ghz Tegra 2 processors or 4.3" SuperAmoled displays, some people just need a phone! Which is clearly what Google are hoping for with the possibility of cheap yet functional phones while still catering to the mid and high end markets.

As for 'ugly crap', it's all relative. I personally have customized my Nexus one (Running 2.3 well before the OTA thanks to the devs over at XDA) till my heart was content. I KNOW it simply wouldn't have been as easy to customize my iOS or WP7 phone. Perhaps you define an attractive UI by the lack of customizability and/or standardization with everyone looking the same? Personally I like my own creative flare, something which Android enables.

Jono2003 said,

Try poweramp

Or flash DSPManager. Which is why I like about Android, there's so many options to choose from.

Scirwode

Parts of it are definitely improved - the grid of albums is an idea I could fall in love with - but I feel like other bits definitely need a designer's touch. Namely the "Now Playing" screen.

Richteralan said,
I find it surprised that nobody mention PowerAMP

Yep same here. This looks a bit **** at the moment, but may get better in time.

It looks pretty slick! Some of the concepts I like more than the music player for iPod/iPhone (iPad has a slightly different player which resembles iTunes). I like how it shows a grid of albums as oppose to a list or cover flow-like display. Never have found cover flow useful. Its actually kind of annoying.

Shadrack said,
It looks pretty slick! Some of the concepts I like more than the music player for iPod/iPhone (iPad has a slightly different player which resembles iTunes). I like how it shows a grid of albums as oppose to a list or cover flow-like display. Never have found cover flow useful. Its actually kind of annoying.

Yea, Coverflow needs one tweak for me to ever use it, if the made it able to first show all artists, select an artist and you get all the albums, that i would use a long list of albums, never, not even in a normal list

Brando212 said,
looks promising in any case, here's hoping it gets finished and included in android 3.0

Hopefully it's 2.2 or 2.3.
Would hate to have to wait for [update obstacles to new Android OS barring being a techie geek using custom roms] a useable media player

Zune on WP7 beats this hands down, and it's only in first release. I find it hard to believe Android will get a decent music player.

You're just an Android hater ROFL

Here's from the "2011: Year of the Android?" thread:

Owen W said,
Personally, I see Android getting worse as a platform right now. Sure, the following might be greater, but the devices are getting worse and worse. There are so many dumbphones running android out there right now that really don't do it justice. We'll see how long it lasts.

Soulsiphon said,
You're just an Android hater ROFL

Here's from the "2011: Year of the Android?" thread:

Actually he is a Microsoft fan boy

Soulsiphon said,
You're just an Android hater ROFL

Here's from the "2011: Year of the Android?" thread:

Maybe that's true, but I also think what Owen says is true as well. The Zune experience on mobile devices seems to be a cut above what's out there right now.

Owen W said,
Zune on WP7 beats this hands down, and it's only in first release. I find it hard to believe Android will get a decent music player.

Its not like the "first release". What about Windows Mobile?
Yes they rebuild WP7 from nothing. And so? It does not means that they fired all Windows Mobile developers and hire new 1 for Wp7? Its not like they have 0 experience in Music Players.

Owen W said,
Zune on WP7 beats this hands down, and it's only in first release. I find it hard to believe Android will get a decent music player.

No ****. I'd hope a stable public release of a piece of software was better than buggy as hell, unreleased alpha that's missing half, or more, of it's features. Someone give Captain Obvious here a cookie.

Owen W said,
Zune on WP7 beats this hands down, and it's only in first release. I find it hard to believe Android will get a decent music player.

True but you can choose from:
PowerAmp, Winapm, Doubletwist, MixZing. Oh and theres Cubed, which kills the zune music app.
Thank you Mr. Obvious troll.

Soulsiphon said,
You're just an Android hater ROFL

Here's from the "2011: Year of the Android?" thread:


But what you quoted him saying makes sense, Android is more or less turning in to a drumphone os, or rather a os running on anything, it's the new symbian

mr.r9 said,

True but you can choose from:
PowerAmp, Winapm, Doubletwist, MixZing. Oh and theres Cubed, which kills the zune music app.
Thank you Mr. Obvious troll.

Thanks, mr.r9! I was actually looking for some good music players for my new Incredible!

Leonick said,

But what you quoted him saying makes sense, Android is more or less turning in to a drumphone os, or rather a os running on anything, it's the new symbian

If you have a look at my reply in that thread then you'd see that becoming the new symbian isn't a terribly bad thing, as long as they still cater to the higher end market

Owen W said,
Zune on WP7 beats this hands down, and it's only in first release. I find it hard to believe Android will get a decent music player.

Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing. It looks old and it's not even out yet. Zune is certainly nicer to look at. I guess the usability of this app will improve before release though.

Owen W said,
Zune on WP7 beats this hands down, and it's only in first release. I find it hard to believe Android will get a decent music player.

Uh....Android already has a few fantastic music players, so I'm really not sure what you think you're talking about. PowerAmp chief among them for car use.

lostmongoose said,

No ****. I'd hope a stable public release of a piece of software was better than buggy as hell, unreleased alpha that's missing half, or more, of it's features. Someone give Captain Obvious here a cookie.

+1.You're so right.

Soulsiphon said,
AC/DC? Bob Marley? At least we know this music player is being 'properly' tested
By good music, or exposure to... fumes?

I'm actually more interested in the awesome looking cloud live wallpaper the music app doesn't look half bad either The newer builds of Android are looking sweet, shame I have to hack my (now ancient*) HTC Desire to get them.

* Thanks to HTC's fast release cycle, already a generation behind and will be 2 by about mid 2011..crazy!

Xerxes said,
I'm actually more interested in the awesome looking cloud live wallpaper
Yea I rather like that too. If someone finds it please share

I wonder if this is why samsung is rumored to be making an samsung galaxy media player (aka, Galaxy S sans phone function).

Its not a free live wallpaper but there are 2 on the market, i think the one in the video is Blue Skies Live its 99p on Android Market, there is also one called Clouds Live from RawApps.

I prefer Blue Skies live and i just bought it.

Richard Hammond said,
Its not a free live wallpaper but there are 2 on the market, i think the one in the video is Blue Skies Live its 99p on Android Market, there is also one called Clouds Live from RawApps.

I prefer Blue Skies live and i just bought it.

Cool, thanks for that