Apple Music Update Adds Google Assistant Support

Apple’s music app for Android, Apple Music, has a new update rolling out that brings several new features and enhancements.  Perhaps the most interesting of these is support for Google Assistant in the app.  Now you can use the “OK Google” command to open the app and stream music from it much like you can Google Play Music.

There is also a new widget for the app that will allow you to see your recently played songs which also has the ability to play music from your home screen.

Apple has also added the ability for you to display your music listening to your profile and to let your friends know what you are listening too at the time.  This social sharing is not new to Apple.  You’ve been able to do this in MacOS via iTunes for some time to Messages.  This is a somewhat natural extension of the feature.  Finally, there is the ability to long press the app’s icon to bring up the shortcut to play the Beats 1 station.

The update to Apple Music is rolling out in the Play Store now.  If you have the app installed, look for an OTA update over the course of the next few days.  If you want to try it out, the app is free.