When Google first launched their Google Play Music app for iOS, they made what many consider to be a rookie mistake, they launched just one version of the app to service both the iPhone and the iPad alike. That decision has been revisited, and users can now download a separate version of the app dedicated to each device.
The Google Play Music app update brings with it Google’s latest design standards, known as Material Design. Android users are all too familiar with this design approach, indeed, a great number of popular Android apps have updated their own to the new design. Google has been updating all of their properties with Material Design, across all platforms, it is the introduction of the iPad specific app that we were not expecting here today.
If you’ll excuse me for doing so, here are Google’s exact words on the update to Google Play Music:
What’s New in Version 2.0.3828 We’ve heard you all loud and clear, and now Google Play Music has an official iPad app!
Both the iPhone and iPad apps also have new Material Design UI: – Beautiful new artist and album pages with descriptions – Immersive Now Playing experience – Small visual improvements throughout
Finally, we’ve made a lot of improvements to streaming and automatic caching to make music playback faster and more reliable.
This redesign brings a new flow to the app on the iPad as well. You may have to poke around a moment to become familiar with the new layout, but it may save you some time if I mention that Material Design relies heavily on utilization of the left hand pullout menu.
Check for the update on your devices, or head on over to iTunes to grab your fresh and free copy of Google Play Music.
What do you think of the new design of Google Play Music for iPad?