Hello this is mostly a status update on the progress,
Hopefully there will be a test release till the end of the week, through the alpha or beta channels of Google Play for the apk and through this topic or my website, for the plugin. And if there are not many problems soon after it will get uploaded to the stable channel.
The new plugin & application are completely incompatible with the previous versions, which means that the old plugin will not work with the new version and the new plugin won't work with the old application. This is due to the fact that I moved the underlying protocol from xml to JSON.
On the new features, we have a better tablet layout for 7inch tablets, though unfortunately I had to abandon the previous layout with the always on now playing list. I may restore it at some point in the future.
The new version will have 5 star track rating support and last fm love/ban functionality. Also the navigation has been implemented using the new Drawer Layout (Gmail / Google Play Music SideBar menu).
The now playing list has search sorting and remove functionality. And also a basic library search functionality has been implemented.
You can now search by Genre/Artist/Album/Title Enqueue/Play now and also get all artists for a genre, albums for an artists and tracks for an album.
Also the new version will have support for multiple host storing (though it will try to connect only to the default for start) and a service discovery functionality for wifi networks using Multicast functionality.
If anyone is interested in any development builds tell me to upload them.