Beats Android app gets widgets and “Locate My Beats”

Following Apple Music’s redesign of its widgets, Beats for Android is adding widgets to let you quickly manage headphones from the home screen, while the companion app also gets a “Locate My Beats” capability.

Update 4/16: Version 2.5.5 of Beats for Android is now rolling out to Google Play with new widgets and Locate My Beats functionality.

Both widgets are functionally identical, with one being larger than the other. You can’t resize them manually – they’ll span the width of your screen, while the dark background persists in either device theme.

There is the product name, device image, and battery status. The left and right buds are displayed side by side rather than the percentage of cases displayed in the middle.

Original 4/12: The Beats app lets you connect headphones and update them when new firmware is available. There are controls to turn ANC on/off with a tap and connect two speakers together.

You already get a notification that lets you quickly see each component’s battery percentage, and that information is now available as a home screen widget on Android. It’s analogous to the System Battery widget on iOS.

Meanwhile, a new “Locate My Beats” feature will log the location each time your headphones disconnect from a paired phone. These last connected GPS coordinates are then displayed using Apple Maps if you ever misplace them. This simple mechanism is intended for and works with all current Beats products.

This is because the Studio Buds notably already support the Find My Device app and Google’s Fast Pair system, but now you can also use Locate My Beats with them. On iPhone and iPad, Beats products work with the larger Find My network.

The Beats app is rarely updated with the latest version (2.5.1) from mid-January. As of this afternoon, Apple has yet to release the new update which adds widgets and Locate My Beats.

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