Sony has taken NFC technology to a whole new level in their new commercial— now you don’t even have to say a word (or send a text) to ask a girl out! What is the world coming to?
All kidding aside, the tech company has put together a pretty cute ad displaying two teens with a crush on one another. They share love songs to each other’s Sony headphones through their Sony smartphones, to share their mutual feelings for one another. It’s a bit far-out, but it does show a pretty cool use of the technology in a unique way.
Check out the video after the break.
Music is a big part of a smartphone’s feature set. We’ve already talked about the best available music streaming services, but sometimes music streaming isn’t an option, whether that’s because you’re dealing with a pesky data cap, you’re somewhere without a reliably fast internet connection, or you would just rather keep your music on your device. Whatever the reason, we’re going to go over the top music playing apps for your Android device so hit the break to find out more.
TuneIn Radio is a popular app internet radio streaming. It features over 70,000 different stations that stream anything from pop music to talk shows, as well as tons of podcasts. Well, Android users have gotten an update to the TuneIn app that will now allow you to quickly purchase a song you’re listening to on the Play Music Store. You can also favorite music to go back and purchase it with a direct link later on. If you’re already a TuneIn user, this is a pretty useful feature for you. If you haven’t tried it yet, why not test out a new music discovery service? Hit the break for download links.
Jumping into the online music market, Twitter appears to be in the process of releasing a new Twitter Music app today. Reports indicate the app has been released, but only certain people can get it, mostly celebrities, and only those with iOS devices. Apparently the rollout will continue during this weekend’s Coachella music festival and then culminate with widespread availability next week.
Just before Christmas, Google released an update to their Google Music app to incorporate the heavily requested “scan and match” function. Scan and match is a process for users uploading music to the cloud to help save bandwidth. Instead of actually uploading a music file to the Google cloud servers, the scan and match function will examine the music file being uploaded and if it can match the music, it will just copy over the song from Google’s catalog to the cloud drive. Unfortunately, it looks like Google users may be heading down a path already trodden by Apple users as Google appears to only copy over a “clean” version of songs that include explicit lyrics.
SoundCloud is one of the most popular cloud storage and sharing apps for music. Today, SoundCloud has updated its app on the Play Store to bring in an updated interface, new search capabilities, and a brand new repost feature, all of which are welcome changes. If you’re looking for an easy way to make some music and get it out for people to hear, it’s hard to go wrong with SoundCloud. Hit the link below for the links.
Play Store Download Link
The award-winning free and open source media player and entertainment hub XBMC 12 has hit its second beta today, allowing eager Android users to test out the new software. The updated version offers a plethora of enhancements, including audio tweaks, bug fixes and improved support for the Xbox 360 gaming controller.
To get in on the action, users will need to ensure that their device is compatible with Neon processor code, something that most recent handsets support. Unfortunately, there are a slew of issues present in Android 4.2, though they are planned to be addressed in the next build. You can read more information at the source, as well as download the official .apk below.
Download XBMC 12 Beta 2
Google took a big step in expanding the portfolio of music it is able to make available to customers with a new licensing deal covering several European countries. The license deal with Armonia, an alliance of French, Italian and Spanish licensing groups, opens the door to music from 35 countries. Notable artists covered by the new deal include Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
In addition to the European countries covered by the agreement, Google also gained access to the British and American portfolios of Universal Music Publishing and the Latin portfolio of Sony. Sources indicate royalties for publishers and artists are consistent with industry standards. The breadth of the deal is unusual as license deals with others have typically been on a country-by-country basis.
Google has just announced the impending availability of Play Store Music and Movies for Google TV users in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Australia. Beginning November 13th, users in these countries will be able to rent or purchase movies, as well as browse hundreds of thousands of songs via Google’s official marketplace.
This news will undoubtedly come as a much welcomed addition to the company’s vast array of content. There’s still no official word on why it took this long for the content to make its way to other countries, though we’re sure it had something to do with pesky licensing agreements. So, what shows, movies or music are you looking forward to?
The popular media player for music, videos and photos has now left its beta stages and is officially on version 1.0 (technically 0.0.1.0). The app supports up to 9 different languages and provides several features such as a great UI, widget functionality, an equalizer, lastFM scrobbling, metadata editing and is graphically optimized for high-resolution devices. Here’s a list of other features that you can expect from the free version and the in-app upgrade version:
RealPlayer Features – available with the free RealPlayer app
- Music, videos and photos all in one place
- Available in nine languages
- Optimized graphics for high-res devices
- lastFM scrobbling
- Voice commands for search
- Control playback when phone is locked
- Sharing on popular social media sites
- Move application to SD card
- Set your favorite song as a ringtone
- Headphones controls
- Auto bookmarking of videos
- Home screen widgets to control media
- Access any file format your device supports
Additional Features – available through an in-app upgrade
- Graphic equalizer with ability to save custom settings
- Metadata discovery using the Gracenote database
- Manual metadata editing
- Cross fading for a seamless music experience
- RealAudio and RealVideo (rmvb) support
- No advertisements
You can check out the video and a link to download the app after the break!