Google Play Music update brings improved widget and better shuffling

Another Google application has gotten some update love today. Following Google+’s parade, Google Play Music has been blessed with some new features and changes that we should all appreciate. For starters, the widget has been improved with a “previous” button, something that was such a glaring omission that we were wondering if the Mountain View boy were smoking something when they were designing the widget. All our worries are quelled, though, as that is no longer an issue.

Going deeper into the app, Google has made it so that instant mixes now play beyond 25 songs. This annoying limitation made me use the feature sparingly, but we’re glad it’s finally been lifted. Other changes include new default album art, the ability to shuffle an album, artist or playlist, a fix for the freezing issue on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the ability to see pinning progress on the album and playlist pages.

These updates address many things users have been speaking out about in the reviews for quite some time. There’s still work to be done, but no app is ever truly finished — any software engineer will tell you that much. Go ahead and grab the update from the Google Play Store.

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  • Sean

    I’d like to see a 4×2 widget.

    • JevyJav

      How about a full screen widget or 4×4

      • James

        What a waste of a homescreen.

  • No_Nickname90

    Holy sweet jelly beans!! My woes!! They have been fixed!? And just when I was about to give up on Google Music. LoL!! Let me go update my app RIGHT NOW.

    • No_Nickname90

      I played Song-X while shuffle was on and hit next. The next song was Song-Y; hit next and the next song was Song-Z; hit next and the song was Song-A; next and the song was Song-B. This was happening before. If you start around the end, it doesn’t shuffle.

      Hmm… Not too sure what “shuffle” fix they’re talking about. =./

  • toomuchgame441

    Nice to see an update finally… :-)

  • Daniel Tiberius

    What do they mean by “New Default Album Art?”

    • No_Nickname90

      If your album doesn’t have an image it had this “default” image. Well they changed that image.

      • Daniel Tiberius

        Oh lol. Thanks dude! I have artwork for all of my music so I haven’t seen it.

  • Alu Zeros

    nice, thank you google, for finally bring shuffle to artist and album

  • John Seidner

    I still have disappearing album art :(

    • Derek Noggle

      I thought I was the only one. When your album art disappears does the song time slider stay at the beginning of the track?

      • Jason Farrell

        Yeah, it does, but only if I switch back to GMusic after the track changed while I was in another app, else it keeps movin’

    • Jason Farrell

      Same here on my SGS3. All I have to do to reproduce this bug is toggle the screen off&on, or switch back to GMusic from recents and the album art is blank, until the next track loads. Annoying. They need to fix something in their onResume()…

  • Anthony McKay

    Better shuffling? like it’s more random?..

  • james ortiz

    this doesn’t come close to power amp

  • Ronni Johansen

    Nice update with good features. However, I can no longer upload album art myself >.<

    • Jason Farrell

      You don’t upload from the Play Music app… and when using the uploader PC app it still accepts cover art found in the same dir, or embedded in mp3 or FLAC tags. Can also still change the cover art manually on the website.

      • gs6456

        I haven’t been able to upload images to the website in over a week. And this is from various machines.

        • Jason Farrell

          Yeah, just tried it from the website and it didn’t work. I rarely use that manual method, though, since I want my local collection to be in sync with the uploaded cloud version.

  • Jose Calderon

    I cant play all the songs from an artist anymore i have to play album by album that sucks!!!

  • Dong Jiaxi

    Can I find missing album art on it?