New Ice Cream Sandwich versions of Google Music, Google+ apps leak outAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Earlier today we were treated to some nice, clear screenshots showing off various portions of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and even a video of the upcoming operating system running on a Galaxy Nexus. If that tasty treat isn't enough to satisfy your appetite on this Friday afternoon, though, we've got another ICS-related leak ready for your consumption. First up, we've got some screenshots of a new iteration of the Google Music app (version 4.0.1) that the folks at Android Police claim came straight from a Nexus Prime. You can see the differences between the new Music 4.0.1 app and the currently-available Music 3.0.1 app up above — 4.0.1 is on the right, 3.0.1 on the left. Some of the changes include new playback controls and a new search button in the upper right to compensate for ICS's lack of a dedicated search key. Like what you see? You can install Google Music 4.0.1 on your own device right now by heading to the first Android Police source link below.
The second app leak gives us a sneak peek at version 2.0 of the new Google+ app, which is built into the version of Ice Cream Sandwich running on the aforementioned Nexus Prime. The most notable tweak found in this app is that Messenger (previously known as Huddle) has been renamed to "Chords." Check out a couple of screenshots of the new G+ app below. The new Google+ app can be downloaded from the second Android Police source link below.
Combining this latest leak with the one from this morning, we're able to begin to get a basic idea of how Ice Cream Sandwich will look and work whenever Samsung and Google decide to unveil it to the hungry Android fans everywhere. As for the apps mentioned in this post, the new Music app seems cleaned up and better organized, and it looks like it'd fit nicely in with the other bits of ICS that we've seen. The Google+ app still looks fairly similar to the one that's available now, but the Chords name change is an interesting move that may have been made as a way to help it stand out from the other "Messenger" apps floating around. As usual, we'd love to hear what you all think of the apps contained within this leak. And if any of you decide to install the leaked Music app on your handset, be sure to let us know how it's working for you!