One of the handy features of Google Music is the fact that friends and family who use the service and buy music from the Google Play Store can share the albums with you for a free listen. Well Google took it a step further today in creating an Auto Playlist called “Shared with me.” This playlist takes all the music shared by your friends and family and puts it in an “inbox” style setting. All music that you have yet to listen to will be in bold and you can see who sent to you. Next to who sent it to you will be a blurb from them as to why they shared it. This list can be sorted by album, artist, duration, sharer, song, etc. You can also delete any of these tracks or albums and if you want to buy the song, each song has a handy link allowing you to purchase it.
I went and checked my Google Music and there it was, so it’s a safe bet that you should have it as well. However those outside the U.S. will have to wait as it’s only available for those in the U.S. right now. So if you’re in the U.S. and use Google Music head on over to your music page to check it out. I do have to say that this is a pretty awesome added feature. What do you guys think?
In the wake of the official announcement and unveiling of the Galaxy S III there have been some other announcements made by Samsung that you should take interest in. For instance Samsung also announced that it will be bringing a Scan-and-Match feature to its Music Hub Subscription service. Similar to iTunes Match, this service will scan your hard drive for any and all music and if it matches a song from Samsung’s library in the cloud it will be accessible to you via the cloud. However there is one key difference between this feature and iTunes Match; Samsung’s feature is free where iTunes is a $24.99 per year charge.
Music Hub costs $9.99/month for one smart phone or tablet or $12.99/month for the ability to access the service from up to four devices and the web. One could argue that it’s not actually free as you have to pay the monthly fee but it’s important to note that there isn’t an additional cost for this feature. As the subscription service contains over 17 million tracks this Scan-and-Match feature sounds pretty good. The music service and this feature are available on any Galaxy S II or newer device, the Smart TV, Galaxy Tab, Smart Blu-ray player, smart home theatre systems or even through the good ol’ internet from your favorite browser. So if you are a user of Samsung’s Music Hub service you can expect to see this feature real shortly if not already. If you missed the full S III event and would love to see it then you’re in luck as we have it here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
The best Android keyboard alternative in the game just got a major update. SwiftKey Beta 3 has been updated to version 126.96.36.199 which brings a new UI (finally!) and a host of improvements including improvements to Smartspace functionality, less lag on certain devices— and oh some bug fixes as well which will ensure most users a smoother experience. In case you all haven’t gotten a taste of the quality keyboard yet, SwiftKey tweeted the download links and we have them here for you all now— so make sure you hit the download links in case your ready for some SwiftKey action on your smartphone or tablet.
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source: SwiftKey VIP Forums
It’s no secret we all love gaming on our Android tablets. That’s why Wikipad’s Android tablet looks to revolutionize the face of Android gaming as we know it. The tablet will be designed as a general portable gaming unit, instead of having a traditional tablet slate. You will find the standard D-pad, dual analog sticks and buttons galore in order to control your games. Wikipad also took some time to pump up the features of its gaming tablet— which will feature a 10.1-inch screen, a quad-core processor and optional 3G for those who choose to use that to connect to the cloud gaming service if you don’t want to play a game locally on your device. Speaking of which— Wikipad also announced it’s teaming up with Gaikai to bring high-quality console games which will be streamed to gamers of all types.
No word on what games will be available at launch nor do we know of when the intriguing device will be released, but we suspect that they’ll want to release it soon– especially as summer is around the corner. Hit the break for the full presser.
Looks like Tim Cook has some explaining to do. Did you expect anything different from Samsung’s Exynos quad-core? It’s built on Samsung’s 32nm high-k + metal gate LP process. It integrates four ARM cortex A9s that run up to 1.4 GHz. Each core can be controlled individually when needed to save power consumption. They also operate on their own voltage and frequency plane. You won’t find a fifth core, but Samsung feels they don’t need it with the 32nm HK+MG LP process.
Yesterday was a pretty exciting day for all things Samsung. Along with the new Galaxy S3 announcement, Sammy let us in on some extra goodies like the S-Pebble and my personal favorite, the Allshare Cast Dongle. Now the company is looking to expand their accessibility, much like the way Apple has, with “pop-up” stores for all of your Samsung needs. It’s unclear whether or not the actual stores will resemble what was displayed at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event yesterday, but Sammy is looking to open up shop starting in London in the coming months.
I know most of you weren’t able to make it to London for yesterday’s big event. Our own Chris Stewart did and he said it was amazing as pretty much all Samsung events are. Of course it was streamed live for anyone to watch, but in case you missed it, Samsung has made it easy for you. Just hit the source link below and you can see all the fun. Even if you’ve seen it before, it might be worth another look since there’s always things you catch the second time around. So was it worth the wait?
Now that Samsung has released their latest flagship, the Galaxy SIII, everyone wants to know how the specs compare to some other heavy hitters. The folks at Droid Life have put together a handy comparison chart between the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X. Click the image above to see the details.
Samsung was not the only one with an announcement today. LG was bold enough to steal a bit of the spotlight with the Optimus LTE2. What’s so special about this handset? How about a full 2GB of RAM? This is a smartphone first. Combine that with LG’s True HD IPS display, wireless charging, Ice Cream Sandwich, and a juicy 2,150mAh battery, and you have the start of a spec sheet to be proud of.
No news on what CPU will be included, but considering all that’s coming out these days, we’re willing to bet it will be something comparable to a Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4. The Optimus LTE2 is coming to at least three Korean carriers sometime this month. No pricing has been announced yet, nor do we know availability in other countries besides Korea.
Full translated press release after the break.
We all know Zagg for their INVISIBLEshield phone protectors, but now they have come out with a new way to protect your mobile device. It’s called ZAGGsafe, a two-year warranty for ANY new smartphone or tablet. For just $99 for two years of protection you can get coverage for any device purchased within the last 90 days.
Zagg says this warranty covers everything from water damage to broken glass to software issues. It even covers jailbroken and unlocked devices, something carrier warranties won’t go near. For water damage and broken glass, there is a $59 deductible. With ZAGGsafe, you can file claims up to the original price of the device, meaning more expensive devices can file more claims than cheaper devices. Turnaround times for claims are stated at 3-5 days, so replacement devices should arrive in less than a week. Not too shabby.
So for those of you with unlocked devices who want some protection, you might want to check out ZAGGsafe at the source link below.