Spotify, which has been one of my goto sources for music, is planning on moving their computer based offerings to mobile devices. Spotify has offered mobile access but for a monthly fee. The Wall Street Journal is reporting they will be offer a mobile version, ad supported, at no cost, much like the computer based version.
If this all pans out Spotify mobile users will be able to enjoy unlimited radio style listening based off their likes, much like Pandora and some access to songs on demand. Licensing the songs on demand is what took almost a year to achieve. Rights holders and Spotify had to come up with a formula to pay for the music but still make a profit. Which can be tricky in this industry.
Currently Spotify has 6 million paying subscribers and 20 million active users, with a library topping 20 million songs. We will know more next week when Spotify holds their official event in New York.
This is a smart move for Spotify with the introduction of so many competitors such as iTunes Radio and Google’s Play Music, they need a competitive edge to pull in listeners.
If you want to check out Spotify’s offerings follow the appropriate link below. We will follow-up after the press announcement next week.
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Looking to help put you in the Holiday spirit, TeleNav released an update to their turn-by-turn navigation GPS app Scout. With the new update, you can now choose your vehicle icon to be a Santa’s Hat, an Elf Cap, Rudy the Reindeer (Rudolph) and a New Year’s topper.
On the non-holiday side, this update also includes the following enhancements:
- Adaptive Routing – Scout looks out for timesaving options as you drive, automatically shows you if a better route is available, and helps you reroute around incidents and hazards.
- Traffic Speed Indicators – See live traffic speeds on a map and along your route, so you know exactly what to expect when you hit the road
- Improved One-Box – Now gives you more intelligent suggestions to help you find what matters faster
Scout has become my favorite GPS-Navigation apps to use, especially to avoid traffic. Throughout the year, it became the #1 download GPS-Navigation app in the Apple App Store and stays in the top of the charts week to week.
The new Holiday icons are also available on Scout for Android. Below is a quick video of them action.
If you are just hearing about Scout, you can download it for free for iPhone or Android.
Google Play Music finally arrived for iOS. I was happy with Apple’s iTunes Match and the features it provided but not the price.
iTunes Match ($24.99/ per year) allows access to your music library from iTunes on your computer or in the Music app on your iOS device. After using iTunes Match for a year, I found that I didn’t take advantage of the service enough to justify the expense. When it was time to renew I went back to manually syncing music from my computer.
I decided to give Google Play Music a shot, mostly because it is free and provided some great features. Right after installing I was impressed with the user interface and the layout of the app. Read more
I know many mobile users struggle with storage space on their smartphones. I have run into this especially taking pictures. I have written about Dropbox in the past. I used it for quickly accessible storage, but the free Dropbox account starts out with only 2GB of data for free and a maximum of 16GB through referrals.
Copy has entered the mix and for a limited time they are offering 15GB to start and 5GB for each referral you bring in. You can quickly get yourself 100GB of free, non expiring cloud storage. While Copy is being very generous during their launch phase you need to keep in mind all the features you may be use to in Dropbox may not be in Copy. The biggest thing missing for me, is that the iPhone version does not offer an automated upload of your camera roll. You can still choose photos to upload but you must select them. I have actually turned this into a benefit as I now choose pictures I really want to upload verses everything. Keeping my photo library much cleaner. The Android version does offer the option to upload all your photos.
I suggest you give Copy a try. You have nothing to lose and starting with 20GB of storage I bet you will find a use.
Signup via our link and get 20GB of storage to start. You will start with 15GB during signup and then once installed on a mobile device or computer you will be credited the extra 5GB.
Follow this link to signup.
Let’s talk candy, not Candy Crush (I will block you) but CandyShell Grip from Speck. Speck a company I’ve come to love has come a long way since first starting in the smartphone industry. Speck has delivered many different styles of cases over the years like the CandyShell series, SmartFlex series, Pixelskin series and Fabshell series.
My favorite case of Speck’s at the moment is their CandyShell Grip series. If you’re a big time gamer and want great protection you’ll find the CandyShell Grip will handle your needs.
Since being introduced to the CandeyShell Grip, it’s been hard for me to use other cases. For starters, the rubber grip structure eliminates the slipperiness helping prevent you from dropping your phone. Not to mention the case has all-around protection from a raised bezel which keeps your screen safe and it also has rubberized cover shield buttons.
The CandyShell Grip comes in several different colors, so it’s quite easy to find one that fits your lifestyle. The CandyShell Grip costs $34.95 and comes with a one-year warranty.
If you don’t have an iPhone 5 don’t worry, the CandyShell Grip is available for other smartphones as well. Look below to see if your device makes the cut.
- iPhone 4/ 4S / 5
- Nokia Lumia 920, 1020
- Motorola Droid ULTRA
- HTC One, One X, One X+
- HTC Windows Phone 8X
- Sony Xperia TL
- Motorola Droid Maxx
- Samsung Galaxy S IV
You can check out the full line up via this link.
One of our favorite third party mail apps for iOS has finally been updated to support the iPad. You can see our original article on Mailbox via this link. You also no longer need an invitation to become a Mailbox user. You can download the update or install this great mailbox app via this link.
Google has released their very popular Hangouts app for iOS. Google is literally taking over iOS devices with their large selection of productivity apps.
Hangouts replaces Google Talk (gTalk) to allow users to share text, pictures and live video. The service works between iOS, Android and Chrome (PC & Mac). This brings unified messaging across platforms to Google users. You will need a GMail / Google + account to use the service which are all free services.
Here is a video describing Hangouts and its features:
There have been rumors for at least 5 years that BlackBerry Messenger would make its way to additional platforms. Today the rumors have been squashed as BlackBerry has officially announced that BBM will be coming to Android and iOS this summer.
Minimum system requirements will be iOS 6 or higher for Apple devices and Android 4.0 or higher for Android devices.
The downloadable BBM app will allow for group chats up to 30 people per group, offer the same privacy controls already available on the BlackBerry including Read and Delivery notifications as well two-way opt in to become friends with someone.
Currently 60 million people actively use BBM sending over 10 billion messages per day. This may be an app that actually gives WhatsApp a run for its money.
When a release date is announced we will provide additional details.
Today Google released Google Now on iOS. “The right information at just the right time”, states the demo video. From our experience with the Android version this is going to be a welcome addition to iOS.
Google Now gives you information at your fingertips, before you even ask for it. Google Now also gives you weather, traffic alerts, as well as live updates on sport scores, news, and updates on stories that you have been following. The more you use Google Now, the more relevant information it provides to you.
Google Now is built into the Google Search app update and is available via this link from the app store.
Below is a video of Google Now and you can follow this link to download the app.
TeleNav has announced that company will bring some major updates to their free version of Scout. These updates will provide 3D representations of buildings and improvements to its traffic content and user interface. These updates will push out over the remainder of the year.
With 3D integration being added to Scout maps users will be able to see buildings and landmarks in 3D throughout their route allowing them to have more realistic feel of the landscape along your drive.
“Our primary goal in adding 3D integration into Scout for Phones is to help drivers navigate unfamiliar areas, ” said Ryan Peterson, director of production management, traffic and navigation at TeleNav. “With that goal in mind, we are focusing on ease of use, realistic but subtle graphics, and intuitive views. It’s about providing drivers with additional content on the road so they can so they can better navigate their surroundings with just a quick glance.”
Part of the major traffic update allows users to report an accident they run across. You’ll even be able to report road hazards, traffic jams and police presence with just a simple tap on your smartphones screen.
Other improvements include:
- Expanded overall traffic coverage by five times – through the addition of traffic and congestion information for arterial roadways
- Improvements in updating drivers on upcoming traffic and alternate routes
- Update mid-route – Allowing drivers to see traffic flow information for longer portions of their trip. Read more