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Google Search Backend Update Brings Music App Integration
While yesterday was certainly the day of Android 4.4.4 thanks to a rather unexpected security update, a new Android version isn’t all that Google had in store for Android users. Yesterday evening, Google began the rollout of a Google Search backend update that makes it easier than ever before to go from searching for an artist to listening to their music.
With this latest backend update, Google Search now integrates with several Android media player apps. When searching for a particular musical artist, Search now gives you direct links to listen to said artist directly from your search results, as can be seen in the screenshot to your right.
At the moment, this feature is compatible with iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, Rdio, Spotify, TuneIn, and YouTube. But unfortunately, this feature is only enabled in the US at the time being. However, it’s more than likely that this feature, which doesn’t seem to have any particular reason for being US-exclusive, will make its way to other regions soon. In fact, Google even mentions this by saying, “we’ll keep expanding this, so stay tuned.”
It’s nice to see yet another useful Google Search backend update deliver useful functionality without the need for an application update. Being US-exclusive for the time being certainly isn’t ideal and we can’t imagine why such a feature must be regionally locked. Hopefully, however, it is made available in more regions soon.
[Source: Official Google Google+ Page]
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