Microsoft released an update to Groove Music earlier today, and while the update was mainly geared towards features for the Xbox, Microsoft also hinted at tweaks to the UX of the app in the first line of the changelog, saying “There are a few UX updates throughout the app…see if you can spot them all!”. Naturally, we accepted the challenge and poked around the app to see what was new. Turns out, Microsoft has included quite a few UX tweaks as you can see from the gallery below.
Here’s what’s new, sort of.
- Improved seek bar: The seek bar for the app has received a few visual tweaks, the most obvious one being that it changes to take on the dominant colour of whatever song is currently being played. Of course, if your music doesn’t have an album cover, then it takes on the designated theme colour instead.
- There’s now also translucency as has been requested by users. The seek bar – now currently solid – will now slightly blur whatever is underneath it.
- Improved animations : The app now features improved and smoother animations for scrolling actions in views like playlists, the artist pages and album pages. It’s a small change, but it makes for a more polished experience.
- The Explore tab is also improved, with the Genre music now clearly identified by colour. Pop music is “black”, Soul is “grey”, Jazz is “blue” and so on and so forth.
There’s probably some things we didn’t pick up on, but those are the ones that stood out the most. Microsoft’s Windows 10 apps may have started out amateurish, but the firm is working on polishing, improving and iterating on them.
For the 400 million and growing Windows 10 users, that can only be a good thing.
You can pick up the update from the store link below: