Spotify set to release free ad-based mobile music service

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Ever since its creation, Spotify has been on the rise. Currently the music streaming service has 20 million active users around the world, and 6 million of those are paying subscribers. Spotify has a free music streaming service in place for desktop and laptop computers, but it seems as though the Swedish streaming company will be releasing a similar service for mobile devices in the near future.

The service will be ad-based, and will allow non-paying users to listen to a limited number of songs on demand. It will also play music based on the user’s input, similar to Internet radio services like Pandora. Up until now, Spotify has been charging users to stream music on their mobile devices as part of the Spotify Premium service.

Source: WSJ

New batch of specs for Oppo Find 7 leaked

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The successor to the Oppo Find 5, the Oppo Find 7, is rumored to be announced within the next couple of months, but the supposed specs for the device were leaked back in June. Today we got a new round of specs which are a little different from the previous set, and they certainly are impressive.

The device is rumored to sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Not bad at all! Not only that, the Find 7 will also include a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front facing one. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and LTE support.

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comScore report shows Android OEM market share, Motorola barely seeing any improvements

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comScore’s latest smartphone market share report confirms the trend we’ve been seeing for a while now; Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the landscape, while most other manufacturers fight for the scraps at the bottom of the pile. The Q3 report shows that Apple lost roughly 0.2% while Samsung saw another growth of 1.3%, which combined puts the two of them in control of 66% of the market, or 2/3 of every smartphone. That’s rough for everyone else. Motorola managed to pull up into third place with 7% of total smartphone subscribers. Read more

Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 4 now available to download, instructions included

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The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 4 started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.

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Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 7 LTE now available to download, instructions included

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The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 LTE started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.

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Google Voice Search gets multi-language update

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Google Voice Search is finally getting an update that adds in support for languages besides just English. Previously, any questions you asked Google would get an English response, but now if you ask a question in French, for example, Google will read back results in French. If English isn’t your first language, this can make the entire Google search experience significantly better for you.

This update adds in support for French, German, and Japanese languages, and Google is committed to getting more languages and translations built in.

source: Inside Search

Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 5 now available to download, instructions included

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The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 started rolling a little quicker than we had originally thought. This update will dramatically improve the camera by making it faster. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, then hit the break for full instructions.

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Sprint sending out Moto X KitKat soak test invites

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Just about everyone with a Moto X has or is getting KitKat relatively soon. Verizon got the update first and AT&T followed shortly after. US Cellular’s update is even around the corner. And according to a tipster over at Phone Arena, Sprint is sending out soak test invites for the Android 4.4 KitKat update. If you’re part of Motorola’s Feedback Network, you are likely to have received the invite. Being a part of the soak test allows Motorola to have a sample size good enough to identify problems and fix them before a major roll out.

Sprint Moto X owners, have you received a soak test invite?

Source: Phone Arena

New update for Google Play Music rolling out

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Following up yesterday’s release of an update to Google’s Play Movies that enables saving movies in low resolution, Google has started pushing out an update to their Play Music app that enables a similar feature for music. Instead of giving users an option to save a smaller file, the app will now prompt users to save their music files to external storage if their device has any available. Google also added a standardized “Share” option to make it easier to keep your friends updated on what you are listening to. The code for this latest update reveals support for the redemption of coupon codes as well, though it is not apparent in the app how that might be done. Read more

Google Glass Explorers receiving invites to exchange for new version

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Google is giving Glass Explorers an opportunity to exchange their current pair of smart glasses for the new version. Explorers that purchased Glass before October 28 of this year are receiving invitations to exchange because the updated version is compatible with new accessories and prescription frames that are on the way. While Explorers are not required to exchange their Glass, it would be a smart move considering they would be getting a new piece of hardware.

Explorers have until February 5 to decide and it will take about 3 to 5 days after receiving your current Glass to send out a new one. So if you’re also unhappy with the color you chose, you can change that as well.

Source: SlashGear