Improved Spotify for Android 4.0 ICS hits Google Play

Good news, music-loving Android users: Spotify just launched a brand-new version of its Android app complete with a faster interface, support for Android 4.0, high-res artist images, and more.

The refreshed app has been available in beta since April, but Spotify officially released it in the Google Play store yesterday. Besides being "so much faster," the app features a new slide-out navigation menu and some fresh social features, letting users check out their friends' profile pages and playlists on the go.

"The preview we released a few weeks back got rave reviews - and we've sneaked in even more new features since then," Spotify community manager Andres Sehr wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "You'll love it!"

Features added since the beta release include a playback queue, folder support for better organisation of playlists, Last.fm scrobbling, and a widget for controlling tracks from the home screen.

The new app also now features crossfade and gapless playback settings, two features the streaming music service launched in February for its desktop app. Gapless playback lets songs flow seamlessly from one to the next, while crossfade lets users select the exact number of seconds (from one to 12 seconds) that songs will fade into each other.

The new version also includes support for devices running the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other features include related artist recommendations, and an "extreme" sound setting for 320kbps listening.

As with Spotify's other mobile apps, users will need a premium subscription to listen to music on the go. Meanwhile, Spotify last month launched its highly anticipated iPad app.