Owners of Verizon Android devices woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise. Google Music, announced this past Wednesday, was said be getting rolled into an Android Market update which would be going out to all mobile devices “over the next few days”. Overnight on Friday the Android Market version 3.3.11 hit Verizon’s Android phones.
The update is both exciting and nothing special all in one. On the one hand, it’s just a simple addition of a “Music” tab on the Market home screen. No fancy UI changes here. On the other hand it’s exciting because of everything contained in that one simple tab. Click Music and a whole new world, previously unavailable to Android users, opens up before you.
There are new releases, staff picks, recommended (based on your Google Music library), and, best of all, “free exclusives”. If you have been with Google Music since the private beta then you’re ready to go. If you joined after it went public then you have some catching up to do. You need to sign up for an account, install the Music Manager, and upload your music collection. The background upload can be time consuming – my 12,000 songs took several days. Visit music.google.com to get started
If you haven’t yet received the Android Market update then you will have to wait until it is rolled out to your device. There is, unfortunately, no way that I have seen to force the update. Everyone should have it soon, though. In the meantime, here’s a couple screenshots to give you an idea of what to expect.