Not to be outdone by its industry rival Apple, Google launched free music streaming even before Apple Music makes its debut on June 30. Even before Apple Music, Google was already into music streaming with its paid service Play Music.
According to a report in The Verge, Google will be offering curated playlists likened to those of Songza that are "designed to accompany every moment of your day." This service has long been available on Play Music after Google purchased Songza in late 2014, but it was only offered to paid subscribers.
This new announcement, however, says that they are bringing the service to non-subscribers and casual users. The catch is it will have ads, much like how other free services are offered such as Spotify. Google boasts of thousands of "human-curated playlists" which are "contextually relevant." These playlists behave like radio stations where users get to listen to pre-selected songs. more >>
The release date for Square Enix's upcoming installment of its hit action role-playing video game series "Kingdom Hearts" has apparently been made known.
A report from IGN said that although they already have decided as to when "Kingdom Hearts 3" will come out, Square Enix chose to keep the information within themselves. The publisher nonetheless teased that the development of the game is on track and new details will likely be revealed at the D23 Expo in Japan this Nov. 3.
IGN meanwhile cited game director Tetsuya Nomura, in his latest interview with Famitsu and Dengeki PlayStation, sharing a slew of updates about the said title. more >>
Word on the street suggests that Samsung's next flagship, the purported Samsung Galaxy S7, might be making its way to the public later on this year.
The rumor, if there's any truth in it, would put the South Korean tech giant out from the usual Mobile World Congress unveiling pattern. A report from Phone Arena said that this might not really be the case at all.
Citing a source within Samsung, the publication reported that the next "S" model of the Galaxy series "will coincide with MWC as always." more >>
Images have leaked online showing what is reported to be the upcoming iPad Mini 4 with several changes in design.
Images of what is believed to be the as-yet-unannounced iPad Mini 4 casing have appeared online, highlighting subtle design changes from the device's predecessor.
Apple left the iPad Mini 3 largely unchanged from when it announced its handheld last October, except for the inclusion of Apple Pay, a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and a gold color option. more >>
For the past few months, a lot of people have believed that Samsung will launch two types of Galaxy Notes during the IFA event in Berlin this September. Considering that the Korean manufacturer has announced two flagship-level devices in its previous press events, it could have unveiled another duo later this year.
However, a new report debunks that rumor, claiming that Samsung would only announce a single Galaxy Note smartphone at the IFA showcase.
According to a report by Phone Arena, the rumor states that the Galaxy Note 5 will be alone in its niche, which means there will be no Edge variant this time around. more >>
Last year was Xiaomi's break out year in the world of Android, after hitting it off with its flagship, the Mi 3, which the company made available in China's neighbouring countries, particularly India.
As a result, the Chinese manufacturer was able to sell a total of 61 million smartphones in 2014, which is already a record for the relatively new business.
However, it seems Xiaomi is not done in improving its market share in Asia and other nearby markets. In a report by Phone Arena, the China-based manufacturer has just shipped 35 million smartphones in just the first half of 2015. That is an increase from the 25 million it was able to ship during the same period of time last year. more >>