Beta Deezer update with predictive search and out-of-app controls available for Android

4 Apr 2013

A new version of Deezer is in the works and Android users are getting first dibs with a beta version now available for testing on the Google-made platform ahead of a full release.

The beta release of the updated music-streaming app comes with a new user experience, as well as two key features that could give Deezer the edge over its competitors.

First up there’s predictive search, which will leave users with more time for browsing and listening to music instead of tapping in artists’ names.

Another feature of the new app is a built-in permanent mini-player. This will allow users to control playback outside of the application from the lock screen or notifications bar, so they can continue to browse and listen to music as they use other apps and functions.

Deezer, which currently offers 12 months of free ad-supported streaming to Irish users, is apparently leading with Android because the platform allowed for the inclusion of these new features. “It’s a key mission for Deezer to always make the best of the capacities of each mobile platform. Android allowed us to innovate further, hence enabling new music-discovery features,” said Matthieu Gorvan, Deezer’s head of mobile.

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Screens from the beta Deezer for Android app showing predictive text and the mini-player in action

The beta version of Deezer for Android is available now as a .apk file direct from Deezer, while a final release is expected to reach Google Play soon.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.