Shazam and Spotify have recently announced their new killer partnership for the Android platform. Now, Android fan boys and girls can enjoy the best of both worlds, by having your cake and being able to eat it too. Ahh shucks, throw some icing on that bad boy while you’re at it! When users hear a song in Shazam and tag it, they will now be able to hit an option labeled “Play in Spotify”. The app will then transfer you to the Spotify application where you can know the track that is playing and learn more about the artist, while listening to the full length of the song. Here’s a quote from the release below: » Read the rest
We’ve got some fantastic news for all of you music lovers who have been waiting for a unique music experience on the Android platform. Vevo, one of the worlds leading premium music entertainment providers has released their Android application for devices with firmware 2.1 and higher. The app has a few custom features tailored just for Android, like voice searches to find a song or an artist quickly. Obviously, Vevo allows you to stream music videos, but also adds functionality for searching charts about top artists and songs, as well as creating custom playlists. So, if you’re bored searching through YouTube to find your favorite video, then head on over to our apps database via the source link or check it out on the Android Market. Don’t forget to let us know what you think about the app in the comments below.
Remember Parrot, and all the A.R. Drone stuff they brought to the world awhile back? Well, it looks like they’re back, and they’re bringing some Android goodness along with them. The company has come out with a new car receiver, with Android baked right in. Granted, the OS is largely modified and apps have been changed to fit to the 3.2 inch screen, but it’s Google’s OS nonetheless. The device also comes with a jog wheel, back button, and menu button for controls.
Along with all this, the in-dash device also has inputs for USB iPhone docking (how ironic), USB storage, 3G modem, GPS dongle, SD card slot, and a microphone. Parrot says they’ll be launching in major European markets in Q1, and a US version in Q2. There still is no word on pricing.
Be sure to hit the break for a gallery of pics from engadget, and let us know what you think in the comments.
XDA member rbtconsultants has developed the perfect way to interrupt yourself when you’re trying to surf the web, or text a friend, or follow driving instructions…kidding. The app is a neat idea, and its called Tune Pop. When you’re around any music playing, your Android device will pop up a little info bubble about the song name and artist so you can be the first to know what the heck that crazy song is the DJ started playing at the club.
This app is free, and also has a Pro version for $.99 USD. Advanced preferences in the Pro version include how often you’d like to see the pop up during songs, text sizes for the pop up, pop up shape, and the pop up position on your display such as center, bottom, or top of the screen. The App also includes a ticker if you’d like it to appear at all times.
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We got an email this morning about a new Android-based PMP, the first one running Android 2.1. Granted, it doesn’t look like it’s anywhere near stateside from the shots we’ve seen, but that doesn’t keep it from looking pretty awesome. According to the article sent to us, the Cowon D3 Plenue has:
- Android 2.1
- 800×480 3.7 inch AMOLED Display
- Bluetooth 2.1
- WLAN 802.11 b/g
- gravity sensor
- vibration feedback
- terrestrial DMB
- FM Radio
- Photo Album
- More applications
The D3 Plenue will come in black and purple, with capacities of 8, 16, and 32 GB, along with a MicroSD expansion slot to rock your tune capabilities even further. Be sure to hit the break for a full gallery of pics, and let us know what you think in the comments. Cheers, Erik!
Want a sneak peek at some Honeycomb goodness? Of course you do! And now, thanks to xda member johnnie93, you can have some. It looks like good ol’ Johnnie managed to yoink the default music app for Android’s yet-to-be-released Honeycomb iteration, and wants to share his wealth. The UI is smooth and slick on this author’s Evo, and the entire experience is pretty smooth. Remember, though… it’s not 100% functional, and has a tendency to force close. The great news here? You don’t even have to be rooted to install the app. Simply:
- download the .apk
- put the .apk on your sd card
- use a file explorer to navigate to the .apk, tap and install
And that’s it! Be sure to hit the break for the download link, as well as to check out a gallery of screenshots, and tell us what you think in the comments!
WinAmp for Android is leaving beta and going 1.0. Checking the market, it still looks beta, so perhaps the update has just been “announced” and being rolled out but not completely ready to go yet. Those of you using the WinAmp beta will likely be happy for the update, and if you haven’t tried it yet and are still using the default media player — you should really check it out, it’s a fine, free music player. And it allows syncing with WinAmp on your computer via wifi, which is quite handy. Full list of features includes:
- Wireless Desktop Sync – In addition to the standard USB sync, Winamp for Android offers Wi-Fi sync with the Winamp desktop client.
- iTunes Library – A stand-out feature of the WAFA app is the ability it affords users to import all music and playlists from iTunes.
- Mobile Media Library – WAFA is a complete Android media management solution that seamlessly updates a user’s music library when changes are made either on the device or the desktop
- SHOUTcast Radio – Users can access one of the world’s largest radio directories; browse by genre; bookmark favorite directory listings, and view recent listening history
- Persistent Player Controls – Always available controls allow users to quickly pause, change tracks, manage play queue and gracefully navigate through the application.
- Widget Players & Shortcuts – Users can add playlist shortcuts along with a functional widget player to the Android home screen and also directly control playback from the lock-screen.
- Now Playing – This feature displays song info, album art, artist bios, photos and discography. Users can press and hold on the track info to interact with other related apps installed on their phone like Pandora, YouTube and the Amazon MP3 store.
- Scrobbling – WAFA supports scrobbling with the Last.fm app when both are installed, capturing users’ mobile listening history in real time.
- Ongoing innovation of WAFA will include the addition of new features and upgrades over time, including Podcast support, tablet support and more.
Presser after the break. Be sure to check out WinAmp for Android here.
VisualOn, a company that specializes in bringing rich mutimedia experiences to handsets, has just joined the Open Handset Alliance. Just in time, too, with Gingerbread poking its head out over the horizon. The company will now start contributing to Android with the new release, and we can start looking forward to a new and better slew of features in the area of music and video, streaming, mobile TV and more.
VisualOn’s Android solution comes courtesy of VOME (VisualOn Media Engine), an “OpenMAX compliant media framework that is capable of working directly with hardware and/or software multimedia components.”
We can also expect faster market releases with the new partnership. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
SoundHound has announced today, a partnership with HTC to include their popular SoundHound app or Android pre-installed on HTC Android devices. The offer will begin with the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z devices.
Android application developers are starting to see the potential of pre-installing their apps on devices, which ends up boosting exposure to their app, and possibly, upgrade revenue. This can add up exponentially given the growth of activated Android devices this year, and the projections for next. I have the paid version of this app, and it’s awesome!!
We’re assuming that the offer will only include the free version (5 song look-ups per month) rather than the paid, but we’ll soon know for sure.
Bold, and smart move SoundHound!
Winamp, the popular (and totally awesome) media player for your desktop, has now made a new landing on you Android device. Winamp for Android is now available and in beta stage. The app works on Android 2.1 and later. According to Winamp’s site, features include:
- Mobilize Your Library - A complete Android media management solution, that seamlessly syncs with your Winamp desktop library (USB or Wi-Fi).
- Wireless Desktop Sync - No need to tie your Android phone down. Enable Wi-Fi sync and leave your cable behind (Winamp 5.59 beta required).
- Persistent Player Controls - Quickly pause, change tracks, manage your play queue, see what’s playing and access the Winamp home screen.
- Play Queue Management - The play queue is a temporary track listing that allows you to easily select and sort tracks. And if you like, save it as a playlist.
- Widget Players & Shortcuts - Add playlist shortcuts and the widget player to the Android home screen. As well as enable playback control from the lock-screen.
- Now Playing - Displays song info, album art and more. Press and hold on the song info to interact with other apps like Pandora, YouTube and the Amazon MP3 Store.
- Scrobbling - Supports scrobbling with the Last.fm app installed (on your Android device). Capturing all of your mobile listening history in real time.