We've learned something new in the continuing saga that is Google Music. SanjayJha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility told the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that a Google Music service is coming as part of an upgrade to the Android mobile operating system, which is used on mobile phones and tablet computers. The Honeycomb release is expected in the next couple of months.
"If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there's a video service, there's a music service – that is, there will be a music service." He went on to say that "it adds video services and music services". His comments were originally published by The Guardian.
Reports over the past year have said that the first release of the Google Music Store will have a paid downloads, and the second phase will be a Google Music cloud-based subscription service, also known as the Google Music Player.
Billboard recently published a list of names involved in the Google Music project, including Andy Rubin (Google VP of engineering), Jamie Rosenberg (director of product management for Android) and Paul Joyce (senior product manager).
There's no word yet on how Google's search engine will tie into all of this, but it's easy to see how a Google Music Search could be overpowering when competing with Apple or other music services. iTunes and Amazon would be competitors in the download game, while Pandora, Mog, and Rhapsody would be among the top competitors to a Google streaming music service. This is one to watch.