The last time the humble music player app in Android got a major update was when Google launched Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The latest update comes a bit after the Jelly Bean launch and is now available on the Play Store to download.
In the latest update, you will see some noticeable changes throughout the user interface. The Recent tracks list now shows large thumbnails for the album art. The tabs at the top of the screen in the library have been made smaller. If you have a track playing, then the strip that appears at the bottom of the screen as you go through your library now has music playback controls. There is also a new widget for your homescreen.
The Now Playing has seen the most changes. The track details have been shifted above the album art and the track progress bar can now be accessed without having to open another screen. Same goes for the Thumbs Up/Down keys as well, which now appear over the album art and along with the progress bar scrubber, the Repeat and Shuffle keys, disappear after a couple of seconds and you need to touch the album art to bring them back. You can also access your currently playing playlist from a button above the album art.
The Google Play Music app is free to download and can be installed on any device running Android 2.2 and above.