Apple has updated the Android version of its Apple Music streaming app on Wednesday, with support for Android Auto and song search based on lyrics, the latter being a feature just introduced with iOS 12.
The latest Apple Music update for Android offers the long-awaited support for Android Auto, the Google option for pairing handsets that run its mobile operating system with infotainment systems in the car. A beta version of the app with similar functionality arrived at the end of last month.
Just like Apple Music for iOS, which supports CarPlay, users can play melodies with the Android iteration through an automatic infotainment system with Android. Playback controls are directly accessible via the head unit, although actions are limited to basic operations.
In addition to integration with Android Auto, the updated Apple Music app includes a search function based on the lyrics that debuted on Monday with iOS 12. Instead of limiting searches for titles, artists and albums, users with the added functionality can enter snippets of remembered texts that are compared to the Apple Music database.
A voice-activated version of the same function has been added to HomePod in a software update that has been rolled out alongside iOS 12.
The new Android update also introduces Friends Mix, which creates a playlist of songs inspired by the listening habits of friends and Apple Music's Top 100 charts.
Finally, Apple Music for Android now uses sophisticated artist pages. Earlier this month, Apple introduced a reorganized user interface for artist collections that divides albums, singles, EPs, compilations, and other content into different categories, making it easier to find specific works.
Apple Music for Android is a free download of 42 MB from the Google Play Store.