Anybody who owns an ADT-1 has noticed the inexplicable absence of a Play Music app, something that became even more apparent after the Nexus Player began shipping with it. Well, the wait is finally over! An update to the Play Music app began rolling out earlier today, and it includes a banner on the Leanback Launcher for those of us with Google's development hardware. If you've got a Nexus Player, you haven't been left out with this update. You've now got access to a list of recently played tracks and recommendations, just like you would have on a phone, tablet, or the web.
Left: old, Right: new.
Play Music banner on the ADT-1
The only other immediately noticeable addition is a menu option for Settings, but it just provides a link to the open source licenses Google has to disclose. Hopefully it will gain a little more value in the future. While this update does bring the Android TV experience a little closer to that of its Android brethren, there are a few missing features. Most notably, there's no way to manage a playlist, and the artist page still doesn't show a background description.
There don't appear to be any visible changes to the app on phones and tablets, but we're still looking. Let us know in the comments if you stumble on to anything.
The app is still not showing up on the Android TV Play Store for me, so it's either on a staged rollout, or it hasn't been officially cleared by Google's recently assembled team of curators yet. But you don't have to wait, we've got the apk available for download below.
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.
File name: com.google.android.music-5.7.1780Q.1590147-1780-minAPI14.apk
Version: 5.7.1780Q.1590147 (1780)