The Amazon tablet that we have been hearing about should still be making its way to the public in the second half of 2011 (which starts tomorrow – lol). The previously rumored tablets should have an initial order of 1.5 to 2 million units at launch according to a report by Digitimes, who also reports that their sources suggest the first launch in September. Touchscreen manufacturers fighting for the job to help build these include Wintek, HannStar Display and J Touch all based out of Taiwan.
There lies a wall ahead for the Amazon tablets however, which is meeting the demand of their initial order from manufacturers, as it appears most tablet manufacturing from hardware makers may be focused on Apple iPad 2 production (since they have 95% of the tablet market share). This could make the Amazon tablet launch a rocky road.
You didn’t think the US was going to have all the Google Music Beta fun for long did you? We’re receiving reports that various parts of Europe are starting to receive the Music Beta goodness too. It looks like lucky owners of the Nexus S running Android 2.3.4 in the UK were able to install the application without an issue. We’re being told that the device allegedly prompted to self-install on the smartphone all on its own. If you’re a fellow UK’er and you’ve managed to snag the install successfully, feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Jamendo Player is one of the latest players to hit the market and offers a few nice extras as well. The app is dubbed the largest Creative Commons-licensed music catalog around and offers content discovery from works of independent artists all over the world. Search for any and all content related to your favorite artist and create a playlists for continuous playback as well. The player has a nice, clean and crisp UI offering you an extreme interactive experience. Best thing about the app is, it’s all free, legal & unlimited!, says Jamendo.com. Hit the break to check out some screen shots and a video of the app in action. The video is of version 1.0 but you can get a basic feel for the UI and how interactive the application really is just as well. Read more
mSpot has updated their Android app to version 22.214.171.124158, which brings the new ‘Radio Spotter’ beta music functionailty, allowing you to match songs in your device to similar music, something like Pandora or last.fm does. This is a little more tuned to your Android device through the mSpot App, which is free by the way. You get 5GB of online storage for Free, and are welcome to upgrade to 40GB for $3.99 per month for larger collections.
The mSpot app will provide you internet radio stations, streaming capabilities for all your devices including android, web-based TV, computers and tablets. You can choose to stream music, save it to storage, or even cache music in case you’re on the go where you may not have network connectivity. Lyrics databases are available to make sure you sing along correctly, equalizer and lock screen widget as well, making this a pretty sweet offering for a free cloud streaming app.
Press Release and video walkthrough below.
Similar to what Winamp can do for syncing your local tunage to your Android device, Miro 4 has launched, and is on a mission to take over your computers ability to sync music and video to your Android devices. Just looking at the interface is almost enough for me to want to use it over Winamp, I mean, just look at it. It looks super sexy! It’s got the iTunes look and feel, yet it’s an open source project, which many of us love to support as much as we can.
Now to the functionality…Miro has done a great job putting together some 30 second videos to brainwash convince you to at least try Miro 4 with Android, some of which the features are as follows;
- Works with your current music library
- Converts and syncs to Android
- Buy Music and Apps inside Miro
- Download and play almost any video
- Convert any video
- Share Your Media on your Network
- Open-source – don’t lock yourself in!
- Ultra-fast torrent downloading
- Miro is a simple, beautiful, unified way to download, organize, and watch videos and listen to music. And it’s totally free
Miro 4 is available for PC, Mac, and Linux. It’s Free, and if other partners start helping this project along (Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, etc.) it may actually take off. That said, it sort of conflicts with what they are already trying to do with cloud storage and sales.
Download it here.
It looks like Google is blocking rooted devices from the new Android Market movie rental service. Google is claiming the reason is due to requirements related to copy protection.
Rooting is all about the “openness” of Android. I am not going to go into a rant on Google closing the door on “open” because we don’t know enough. I just can’t imagine that Google came up with this on their own. There has to be something with the movie studios. Yes, Netflix is working on jailbroken IPhones, but that is a different platform.
We also know that Google Music is not what Google wanted it to be. They wanted to be able to sell music on top of cloud services, but they were unable to get deals done with the labels. Could this be one of the issues with the music industry as well?
It is also likely that the developer community will figure a way around this anyway. Stay tuned, we will let you know more as it develops.
Still have that T-Mobile G1 or HTC Magic kicking around? Is it collecting dust and you’ve never really had a reason to dump it? You may now as Amazon will take your old electronics and give you credit towards anything on Amazon for your old digital junk. BGR had a chance to test out, and although it’s not going to make you a rich person or anything, its still not bad to get even more savings from Amazon than have that old Android sit and feel useless.
Paul Ryder, VP of electronics at Amazon states;
We want to give customers the opportunity to get great value from their used electronics, Hundreds of thousands of customers have already received millions of dollars in gift cards from the other products in our program. The Electronics category is a natural extension and we are delighted to offer our customers more trade-in options.
Whether you’ll get more money out of Amazon then you would from say T-Mobile’s trade-up program is hard to say, but it’s another option at the very least right?
Click here to see the full Press Release below.
I’ve always enjoyed Slacker radio over the other top steaming services out there. It just works for me well. And with todays information, they’ve just improved the service to exceed all others. Today Slacker has announced a third tier to its pay-per-month streaming service, called Slacker Premium Radio. This new subscription can now be purchased for $9.99/mo. Signing up for Slacker Premium Radio gives you all the perks of the $3.99/mo Slacker Radio Plus, no banner or audio ads. In addition, you’ll get the ability to play songs and full albums from the artist of your choice. Any song at any time, will be available for listening. Create custom playlists with every song you want to hear, and the ability to store those playlists on your sd card and listen offline! Unlimited song skipping, lyrics and more. Read more
Ever heard a song and just wanted to quickly find the lyrics? Lyrics App for Android has got you covered. Sure, you could use Shazam, but we just want the lyrics here, nothing else. With Shazam, you’ve got about a 50% chance of getting the lyrics to any song anyway. It’s basically hit or miss. Lyrics App for android is just one of those apps that work without having to dig deep into the science of it all. While you have a song playing on your device, run the app and be amazed at how lyrics for the song just instantly appear. It’s instant gratification when trying to clarify a word being said by the artist. At the very least, this would be a great companion for Shazam.
No more need to manually search for lyrics. Displays lyrics for currently playing song. When music is playing, adds icon on status bar for easy lyrics access.
Ready for the download? Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for more info from the developer and to snag the download links. Read more
Yummy little guy, isn’t he? Sadly, while TalkAndroid wasn’t able to attend Google I/O (stupid day-jobs!), we’re watching the coverage closely, and there’s some interesting stuff coming out of the keynote already!