Leaked Android Music app images and hands-on review
If you don't have Android 2.3 -- or don't want to root your phone to install the leaked Music app -- take a look through our gallery, and then read on for our initial hands-on impressions.
Incidentally, if you don't have an album's artwork, Music generates a solid-colored thumbnail. But why is Alanis Morissette green and Sammy Davis Jr. purple? We'll probably never know...
Albums, genres and playlistsFlipping through albums, genres and playlists is a beauteous joy in the new Music app. You can push the tabs across the top of the screen, or you can flick left and right with your finger -- it feels a bit like the Windows Phone 7 UI, actually. It's smooth, and it just feels right.
Alongside every item is a down arrow, which acts as a context menu. In the previous build these arrows just popped up a standard Android context menu, but with this version some new, foreign-looking dialog boxes have made an appearance. These might be an indicator of the UI that will be found in the next smartphone version of Android, Ice Cream.
On the album screen, if you rotate your phone, there's an interesting landscape view that's meant to look a lot like Honeycomb's 'tiled' view, or Gingerbread's camera gallery view. In theory, you should be able to move around using the phone's accelerometer, but it simply doesn't work at the moment.
Oh, and if you weren't convinced: yes, the new music player is beautiful.