I don’t believe I could name very many people that do not like music. I could name a ton of friends that love music and couldn’t get through the work day without it, myself included. Having a great phone that give you a great musical experience is key. My Sprint Galaxy Nexus does me just fine for pouring sick beats into my ears throughout the workday. Well Motorola has taken the music lovers wants into consideration. At least those living in China.
Motorola Mobility has announced that they have created a music centric android phone. This white, red-trimmed affordable smartphone comes with a 4” touchscreen, Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread, 3 megapixel camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. On the audio side of the features, it comes equipped with all the tools needed to download and jam to your favorite music. Dolby Mobile audio technology, SRS WOW HD, Sina Micro Music app, high quality headphones and a dedicated music button, rounds out all the specs needed to pump your tunes. For the full presser that’ll give you all the details on the MOTOSMART MIX XT550 hit the jump now.
We don’t normally do stories about Microsoft on TalkAndroid, but there’s a rumor going around about a new streaming music service coming from Redmond codenamed “Woodstock” that could run on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The service will likely stream music through the phone’s browser, but there is no mention of a native app. This is unfortunate since native apps tend to be more streamlined and responsive than browser-based services.
Supposedly, Woodstock will be closer to Spotify with the ability to identify music you already own, a la iTunes Match. This suggests it will not be simply a music locker-type service like Amazon MP3 or Google Music, but it is unclear exactly how it will work.
It’s great to see more competition in the music streaming space, but until we get more details about Woodstock, it’s impossible to judge how it will stand up against the other services out there. In my opinion, services that are seamlessly built into an ecosystem will almost always be the better choice than a third party option simply because of the convenience and level of integration possible. The operative word there is “almost” since I can think of examples where the third party option wins (think Netflix vs. Google Movies).
Look for Woodstock announcements at this year’s E3, which starts June 5.
With the latest technology in both hardware and software, it seems like anyone today can be a superstar in the music industry. With phat beats and sounds being produced on tablets and smartphones, the digital music production era is well under way. Silicon Valley start up, Miselu, is looking to up the game a bit with their new all-in-one web enabled Android-powered keyboard. The device is dubbed “Neiru” and comes with a 25-key, multitouch display that shows off various applications that aspiring musicians can use to gain access to an array of useful apps. Developer Retronyms will be offering a cool collection of music learning and centric apps that will allow you to produce your own fine quality tunes.
And since the device is built with Android, Retronyms is banking on a number of developers and users to concoct their own custom applications for the device too. In addition to having Android on-board running the device, Miselu will use Yamaha’s Audio Engine series NSX-1 sound chip which supposedly renders sounds as good as the instruments they’re attempting to replicate. The device will also house ports for two MIDI’s, an RCA in/out, two USB ports, an HDMI out and an SD card slot. There’s no word yet on pricing and availability but we’re working on it for you, so stay tuned. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. In the meantime, check out the promotional video below along with a quick gallery of renderings of the cool keyboard.
With the recent launch of Google Play to replace the Android Market, it seems clear that Google is planning some major moves, likely to compete with its most obvious competitor, Apple’s iTunes and iBooks. This doesn’t require much explanation as to why, since it would be a vital move for Google to expand its services in order to remain in a contending position. It seems that in addition to offering apps, movies, music and e-books, Google is planning to offer audiobooks, magazines and newspapers as well.
The initial sighting was in the in the Google Play Help Center by Google news site Google Operating System, with empty pages for “Audio Books” and “Magazines and Journals”. Also noted is Google’s registration of several place holder domains such as googleplaymagazines.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, googleplaynewsstand.com and googleplaytv.com among various other iterations of these themes. Looks to me like Google is planning another major update to its services, and I for one will welcome them with open arms when they’re released some time in the future.
Google Music has been around for a few months now, and according to a CNET exclusive, Google told music labels that customer adoption and revenue are below what they expected. Since the service is still pretty new, no one at Google is too worried. They still haven’t marketed Google Music as aggressively as they could, and Google told the record companies that certain issues are still being worked on. But that’s little comfort for some folks in the music industry, sources said.
When Google Music launched in November, there was a potential customer base of over 200 million users of Android devices. That’s a big enough audience to make Google’s answer to iTunes a music powerhouse. Converting just 10% of the user base would equate to 20 million customers. The potential is there, but is Google’s strategy too dated?
For those of you who still refuse to use Google Music as your one stop place for streaming/purchasing/storing of your tunes, I guess Amazon MP3 would be your next best choice. The Amazon MP3 app has just received an needed update that brings a revamped, better looking UI, tablet optimization and a couple other minor adjustments. While I still feel that Google Music is much more appealing, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
The MP3 app and MP3 Store were updated to look more similar to that of the newly updated Amazon Appstore and the kindle application. The new look is now adorned with white text on a grey backdrop with orange highlights as to better match the other Amazon apps. It appears this was an attempt to appeal new Kindle Fire owners, and a way to tidy up shop. Although I am still a Google fan through and through, I must admit it looks seemingly better after the update. To check it out for yourself, hit up the market link below.
Last month Google started offering millions of songs for just $.49 and full albums for only $5 following the 10 billion apps downloaded announcement and the launch of the new music store. If you have yet to take advantage of the deal you might want to start grabbing your selections right now because Google just announced that the sale is ending today. There is over 10 million singles available and a few good albums as well. Head straight to the Android Market because who knows when a sale of this magnitude will happen again.
[via Android Market]
Qello has long been a popular app among Android users. Music aficionados have been able to watch concerts and documentaries of popular music artists in all their glory on Android phones and tablets. While the ability to watch on the Android handsets has no doubt been great, isn’t it just a wee bit better if we could watch content on a High Definition screen instead? Well friends, the Qello app is now available with Google TV. That means you’ll finally be able to see the music content right from the space of your living room or bedroom and rock out to Devo or enjoy that Diddy documentary using that shiny new HDTV you got for Christmas. Happy days for all music fans— especially those who have Google TV.
[via Google TV Blog]
Android Market link
Last night during my usual late night Android Market browsing session I surprisingly experienced a sudden force close – the app suddenly went dark for a moment and took me back to my home screen. After I reopened it I was delighted to see that I had just witnessed a quick refresh of the Market app that now features the new “Music” section. I have also been hearing from a couple of friends that they too are seeing the new music store so it looks like Google has begun to push the update to many devices.
Once you receive the new Music store you will notice the added orange “Music” section amidst the usual suspects, apps, games, movies and books. Once you open the section you see the featured page which highlights various artists and recommendations, this is also where you will find the free song of the day. If you scroll the page to the left you are presented with over 20 genres and to the right you will find the top songs and albums. You can even go directly to the music app right from within the stores menu by pressing “My Music”. Pretty fancy Google!
If you are not seeing the updated market (version number hasn’t changed) you can try clearing the app’s cache and data by going to: Settings–> Applications–> Manage Applications–> Android Market–> Clear Data. Try rebooting and see if that helps any, if not I’m sure it will only be a short while until all devices get the update.
We could be one step closer to seeing the unveiling of Google’s long awaited music service on Nov 16th, thanks to an author at TecnoDroidVe who recently uncovered some promising screen shots (after the break). And after catching that Google Music landing page last month, it’s only a matter of time until the masses can begin enjoying things like Song Of The Day, recommended artists and more. Based on the screen shots, the app still appears to be a work in progress but nevertheless, promising. The author somehow managed to view the store on his HTC Inspire 4G, which is unclear as to how at the moment. And though the music store isn’t fully functional (can’t download songs yet) the UI looks extremely streamlined. So, here’s to hoping that Google puts the final touches on this service and hand delivers it on the 16th when we’ll all be watching live. The service will most likely be going head to head with Amazon’s MP3 app store and Cloud Player. Any thoughts?