Microsoft has announced that their music service, oddly named Xbox Music, will now be available on iOS and Android devices. The company has made dedicated apps for both platforms and they are now available for download for free on their respective stores.
Xbox Music is Microsoft’s subscription based ‘all you can eat’ music service, where you pay a subscription fee and then stream as much music as you want. You will need to purchase the Xbox Music Pass that enables you to use the service. Read more »
Flipboard has made an odd announcement after an somewhat puzzling withdrawal of its app from the BlackBerry World.
First Flipboard released a port of its Android app in the BlackBerry World store, but then it was quickly pulled out. The following announcement was made on Twitter shortly after: Read more »
Here’s something interesting – ever wondered how much apps the average global smartphone user downloads? Do you want do dig deeper – how much of that average consists of free and how much of paid apps? Well here’s a statistic that gives us some clue.
According to data, collected by Statista using Google’s Our Mobile Planet initiative the global smartphone user downloads an average of 26.2 apps, of which 20.6 are free (like Facebook, WhatsApp, Google Search, Google Maps, etc.). The information is accurate as of March 2013. Read more »
Sony has just announced a new portable streaming device that lets you stream video, music, and images to any compatible wireless device in range.
Not only that, but it lets you charge a connected device via USB, and even stream content to a DLNA-compatible TV. Read more »
Nokia Xpress service has been in beta testing for quite some time, but Nokia has recently finished the development. The final version of the app is now available for free at the Windows Phone Store.
Nokia Xpress uses cloud services to compress browsing data and saves up to 85% of the mobile traffic. Read more »
BlackBerry had promised us a version of its popular BlackBerry Messenger or BBM service for Android and iOS devices quite a while ago now. While we are yet to see the final version release on either platform, someone managed to get their hands on a beta and has a uploaded a video for our viewing pleasure.
As you can see from the image above, BBM for Android looks nothing like any other Android app. Instead of adopting the look of the platform, BlackBerry has decided to instead port over the look of BB10, which is why the BBM for Android looks exactly the way it does on BB10, complete with the tabs on the bottom and screens on the side. Read more »
Shazam, the popular song identification app, has just been updated to version 4.0 for Android.
The latest version promises faster song recognition, as well as a completely new user interface with large screen optimizations for tablets. Read more »
Once upon a time Digg used to be this really popular news aggregator site. But then reddit happened and Digg was pushed to the sidelines. Last year, the site was acquired by a company called Betaworks, who has since been in the process of revamping it, first by launching a brand new website that does not suck and an iOS app to go with it.
Continuing down that path, they have now launched a new Digg app for Android and thankfully, it’s not just a port of the iOS app. The new Digg app, now available for free on the Play Store, follows the same minimalistic design of the website and the iOS app, with clean white and black design. Read more »
Nokia has released three new ads promoting the just unleashed Nokia Lumia 625. The first one focuses on all of its multimedia features and navigation, the next one is all about Office and SkyDrive cloud services, and finally the last video is…well, hilarious.
The Nokia Lumia 625 is a bigger, faster and LTE-enabled version of the colorful Lumia 620. It features a 4.7″ IPS WVGA display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Krait processor and a 5MP sharpshooter. The Windows Phone 8 inside the Lumia 625 seems to pack the latest GDR2 update. Read more »
In line with its promise to garner wider enterprise usage this month, Nokia has delivered big time as its partnership with Delta Air Lines has come to fruition.
Some 19,000 Lumia 820′s have been deployed to Delta flight attendants, complete with special additions to streamline onboard purchasing from passengers. Read more »
The popular Swiftkey keyboard replacement app for Android has been updated to version 4.2, which includes the addition of the new Swiftkey Cloud service.
Swiftkey Cloud syncs with your Gmail and Facebook accounts (and others) and learns from your typing style. You can then transfer it across multiple devices easily. Read more »
It was just a couple of days ago that we reported that the YouTube client for Windows Phone 8 developed by Microsoft was back on the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, that app is no longer usable because Google has remotely blocked access through it.
This has resulted in Microsoft releasing a long blog post detailing why the app was removed and how, in their words, the reasons were “manufactured” so that the Windows Phone version could not offer the same experience as the Android or iPhone app. Read more »
A new update of the Extras + Info service app for Nokia Lumia brings options for call and SMS blocking. The update is available to all Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia smartphones, but the new functionality works only on those running on the GDR2 a.k.a. Amber update.
Thanks to new APIs coming with the WP8 GDR2 update, Nokia was able to add the call/SMS blocking functionality to its latest smartphones. Currently, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 are running it officially, while the rest of the Lumia WP8 gang (920/820/720/620/520) will be getting it any moment now. Read more »
WhatsApp has started rolling out a new update across the various platforms that prioritizes the voice messaging feature of the service. This move probably comes after other messaging services have started incorporating and promoting their voice messaging feature.
To be clear, this is not a new feature even for WhatsApp as the functionality was always available. The only difference is that now it is prominently placed in the UI with the latest update. Now, you’ll see a microphone button instead of the Send button when no message is being typed in the message field. Press and hold this button and your message starts getting recorded. Slide left any time to cancel the recording. Read more »
Google is about to launch its own service that lets you locate your misplaced Android device or protect your data and privacy in case it gets stolen. The service is dubbed Android Device Manager and will let you ring your phone at maximum volume so you can locate it, even if silent mode has been enabled.
In case the smartphone/tablet is not in your immediate vicinity, you will be able to locate it on a map in real time. Read more »