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Spotify for Android gets overhaul, includes Android 4.0 support

The streaming-music service says that the application now is much faster than its predecessor, and includes high-resolution artist imagery.

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A look at Spotify's new application.
A look at Spotify's new application. Spotify

Spotify users with Android devices are being treated to a new and improved app.

The streaming-music service announced today that it has completely overhauled its Android application, delivering an entirely new design and slide-out navigation designed to improve usability. The application comes with a black-and-white design and includes high-resolution artist imagery to add some color. According to Spotify, the app also includes more social features than its predecessor, letting users check out friends' profile pages and playlists.

The new Spotify Android app includes full Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) support. In addition, related-artists viewing is available for the first time on the company's mobile platform.

The streaming-music company was quick to point out that the new application is "available for preview" at this point and that it will be adding a host of other features, including folders support and Last.FM "scrobbling" before it goes live in Google Play. Because of the app's preview status, users who want to download it must first set their phones to allow application installation from "Unknown Sources" in the settings menu. They then need to head over to the Spotify blog and click the download link to add the application to their device.

Before any Spotify users head to the company's blog to download the application, though, be aware that it's only available to Premium subscribers who pay $9.99 per month for that offering. Spotify's free and Unlimited plans do not include mobile support.