Google has officially rolled out its Play Music service to Android users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Beginning today, users can take advantage of the search giant’s generous cloud storage offering, as well as purchase music directly from the Play Store.
Additionally, European users will also be the first to test Google’s new Music Matching service. Music Matching automatically checks your songs and supplements them with tracks that are already available on the company’s servers, effectively decreasing the need for manual uploads and the lengthy wait that comes along with them.
Users in Europe have undoubtedly had to wait long enough for Play Music to arrive. So, now that its finally here, do you plan on moving your songs to the cloud-based service?
Source: Play Music
While it was previously reported that T-Mobile’s version of the Google Nexus 4 would support Wi-Fi calling, the carrier has turned around and confirmed that the stock Android device will in fact not support the feature. The misunderstanding has been attributed to a simple error in the company’s online document.
Considering early rumors suggested the N4 wouldn’t come with Magenta’s VoIP capabilities, this news isn’t particularly that surprising. Despite all of the back and forth drama, T-Mobile’s unlimited data offerings should provide some relief when used in conjunction with other VoIP services like Google Voice.
AT&T has finally announced the impending availability of two long-awaited HTC handsets. Beginning November 16th, customers can pick up both the HTC One VX and the HTC One X+ with a new two-year contract for $50 and $200, respectively. AT&T is also taking pre-orders for the One X+ beginning tomorrow, November 13th in case you’re too anxious to wait an additional three days.
The HTC One X+ is a mild refresh to the company’s One X that was released earlier this year, opting this time for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz. Users will get the same marvelous 4.7-inch HD display along with a massive 64GB of internal storage, 2,100mAh battery and 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video. Furthermore, the device is running HTC’s new Sense 4+ atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
If the One X+ is a bit too fancy for your palette, the Taiwanese company’s budget-oriented One VX may be a suitable option. The device is essentially a toned down One S with a slightly larger screen, complete with a 5-megapixel ImageSense camera, NFC and a 4.5-inch qHD display. Although not shipping with Android 4.1, HTC and AT&T have promised an update in due course.
So, what are your plans for November 16th? Will you be picking up either of these devices, or will you be opting for Samsung’s Galaxy Camera?
Audiophiles annoyed by the lack of gapless playback support in the Google Play Music app will be glad to know Google has added that feature in their latest update released today. Gapless playback creates a seamless transition between songs when listening to an album as opposed to a few seconds of silence. Gapless playback is one of those features that can be a deal breaker for some music lovers.
We’ve got a few more details on that cross licensing deal between Apple and HTC. According to sources close to the tech giants, Apple will make close to $6 – $8 in fees per HTC phone sold. That equates to $180 to $280 million per year for Apple, based on HTC’s estimated 30 to 35 million phones to be shipped in 2013. These claims are also backed up by Wall Street, so it seems to be more than just a few rumors.
HTC posted a Jelly Bean upgrade update and FAQ with good news for HTC One X and HTC One S owners. Both devices should get updated to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ fairly soon but no date was given. HTC said it would first focus on bringing 2012 devices up to Jelly Bean then look at what 2011 devices would be compatible with the update.
The HTC One V and the HTC Desire C were the big update losers. HTC said devices with 512MB of RAM or less, like these two, will not be upgraded past their current version of Android. HTC made a point to differentiate between “Upgrades” and “Support.” While these lower-RAM devices will not see OS upgrades, HTC said it will continue to provide support in the form of software improvements and security fixes.
The FAQ made no mention of Android 4.2.
Since the demo units started arriving in stores last week, it’s only a matter of time that we will see the actual Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II on display and ready for sale. Samsung and Verizon just released a presser stating that it will be available in the coming weeks and it will be priced at $129 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The original Stratosphere wasn’t a bad device for the money and the second chapter steps it up a bit with the Snapdragon S4 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I would say if you’re looking for a budget phone on Verizon, the DROID RAZR M is the best bet, but if a QWERTY slide-out is your thing, then this just might be the phone for you.
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Many of our readers will likely go to bed this evening with plans to wake up in the morning and place their order for a new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 device from the Google Play Store. That is, if they don’t stay up late repeatedly refreshing the storefront with hopes that an ordering option lights up at midnight.
Previously AT&T announced their intentions to carry the Samsung Galaxy Camera that was introduced at the Unpacked Event in August. They just announced that it will be available beginning November 16 for $499. In addition, customers who buy a Samsung Galaxy smartphone will receive $100 off the Galaxy Camera. With it’s 4G connectivity it’s always connected for sharing your images. If you’re on an AT&T family share plan, you can simply add the Galaxy Camera for $10 per month. If instead, you want to buy data separately, you can do so starting at $15 for 250mb.
As a reminder, the Galaxy Camera is a high-end standalone point and shoot that features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 4.8-inch LCD display, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 16MP, and 21x optical zoom. I’m excited to get my hands on one. How about you guys?
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As many of you know, Samsung supplies several important pieces to some of Apple’s devices, including the processors. Recently, Samsung decided to ask 20% more for the cost of those processors. According to sources, Apple disapproved at first, but they could not find another source for the chips and had to accept the price increase. The report also listed the number of processors that Apple has bought from Samsung, a staggering amount of 130 million chips last year and more than 200 million this year. That price increase is going to sting a little with those numbers.
Now this could just be a purely business move, reflecting changes in the supply and demand chain between Apple and Samsung. And it’s definitely a lucrative move for Samsung, because Apple has no choice but to buy the chips from Samsung, at least until 2014 when Samsung’s contract to sell processors to Apple ends. But hopefully I’m not too crazy in thinking that Apple’s constant litigation against Samsung might have played a small part in Samsung’s price hike.