In 2017, wireless service providers in the United States have added more connected cars than smartphone devices, for the first time ever in the history of the wireless industry, at least according to new information provided by Chetan Sharma Consulting. In its most recent quarterly report, the research firm further projected that connected cars will likely continue to serve as a driver of growth in the world of mobile.
Here is some good news for Alexa users who are also music fans -- Amazon’s digital assistant now allows people to create and even modify music playlists. Users are now granted the ability to either fashion a completely new playlist (even from just one track) and then expand existing playlists by adding new songs.
Next week, Pandora will be a decade old. And it is planning to celebrate that momentous occasion by getting rid of commercials. Well, at least for one day. The music streaming service provider has announced that it will be turning off its ads on September 9th in order to commemorate the tenth anniversary of its release.
This year, for the first time, Samsung will be launching a new smartwatch while another wearable device from its fierce rival, Apple, is already out in the market. The South Korean tech giant is expected by many to introduce its new Gear S2 smartwatch this week. Its newest wearable device offering will feature a round screen (its predecessor featured a rectangular watch face) and will run on Tizen, Samsung’s own mobile operating system.
TuneIn, a radio service provider, has just launched a new subscription service called TuneIn Premium. Costing $7.99 a month, TuneIn Premium offers music lovers loads of new premium content, plus a nice zero advertising feature. TuneIn is considered one of the most well known radio apps that work on both the Android and iOS platforms. A big reason for this is the mobile app’s extensive database of live radios across the globe.
Google has always been particular about making information as easily accessible as possible for everybody, including those who own wearable devices that run on its Android Wear operating system. Indeed, the tech giant recently introduced new options for watch faces on devices that are powered by its OS designed specifically for wearables.
It appears that music subscription services such as the recently launched Apple Music and Spotify will not slow down the growth of ad based music streaming services (sometimes referred to as freemium music streaming services), at least according to data collected by Juniper Research.
Google, one of the most successful and popular companies in the last decade, is now restructuring itself under a new umbrella company called Alphabet. Larry Page, chief executive officer of Google, and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, will be serving as the leading executives that will oversee companies bunched under the new Alphabet parent company. The largest company under Alphabet will serve as a streamlined version of the old Google entity, and Sundar Pichai, Page’s own trusted protege, will become the new chief executive officer of that company.
To date, Apple’s new music streaming subscription service, Apple Music, already has attracted 11 million trial users. Those are pretty remarkable numbers, considering that the service has only been activated for barely over a month.
It has only been weeks since Apple Music was made available to the public (Apple released its new music streaming subscription service back in June 30th of this year), and already a member of the United States Senate has already expressed some concerns that the service could turn into something that will annihilate all competition.