Android music player leak hints at Google digital locker
A leaked version of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) forthcoming Android Music software update includes access to the digital services giant's much-rumored cloud locker service.
The Android Music app, accidentally leaked to the blog Tech from 10 in tandem with what appears to be a developer version of a revamped Android Market
storefront, resembles the music player included in the Android 3.0 operating system update--alongside a rating system, the app includes an option to cache music in the cloud for subsequent streaming, although the service is not yet live.
Hackers uncovered evidence of the Google locker service last month. The solution is expected to enable consumers to store all their music on Google servers for streaming access via any connected device.
News of Google's cloud music ambitions first surfaced in mid-2010--Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra demonstrated the solution during the company's I/O developer conference, declining to supply an expected launch date but noting "We think users are going to love this feature."
Gundotra added that the service will leverage technology acquired via Google's purchase of streaming media firm Simplify Media.
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