Forthcoming Google Play Music update to bring UI overhaul

Google announced today that a forthcoming update to the company's popular Music streaming app, Google Play Music, will introduce a design overhaul along with new features set to streamline the experience.

The Mountain View giant is currently in the process of updating its Android, iOS and the Google Play Music website with a fresh and intuitive design that leverages a machine-learning algorithm. Google reports that the new algorithm is adaptive, utilizing your location, the weather, time of day, and current activities to help recommend relevant music.

When you opt in, we’ll deliver personalized music based on where you are and why you are listening — relaxing at home, powering through at work, commuting, flying, exploring new cities, heading out on the town, and everything in between. Your workout music is front and center as you walk into the gym, a sunset soundtrack appears just as the sky goes pink, and tunes for focusing turn up at the library.

The home screen that Google likens to as the "ultimate personal DJ", is a colorful and central hub that remembers what you prefer to listen to, and when you listen to the track. The content offered is always changing. With each refresh, alternative and relevant music, artists and albums are displayed so that the most important music based on your interests are prioritized.

Google also stated that catered playlists based on your past music history can be automatically downloaded for offline use, in the event you loose connectivity. To some, this feature may appear a little intrusive, and perhaps unnecessary. Google points out that these features are entirely optional as you have to opt in to take advantage of new features.

Look out for the update in the coming week, as it appears Google is gradually releasing the update across the board. Stay tuned for more updates.

Source: The Verge via Google Blogs

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