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Spotify previews new version of its Android app

Music streaming service Spotify has quietly rolled out an early release of its new Android app, which boasts a slick new design and a number of other improvements.

We’ve had a quick go with it and can confirm that it runs a lot more smoothly than before. The new design looks pretty nice too, with the graphics appearing to be much sharper on our Nexus One. The resolution of album artwork has been cranked up too.

Spotify says that particular attention has been paid to the visuals, to ensure that they’re HD-compatible for devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Sadly, we still can’t send out whole playlists or albums as URL/URI ‘s from our phones like we can on the desktop editon.This is one of the best social features of Spotify and we’d like to see it rolled out to Android phones too.

This version of the app (0.4.08) is due to be rolled out to the Android Market pretty soon but if you want to try it beforehand, you can download the .apk and install it yourself.

Make sure you’ve got the ‘Unknown sources’ box checked in your settings (Settings > Applications > Unknown sources) before installing. The link below takes you to a page on the Spotify blog where you can download the free upgrade.

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