Google rolled out Android 4.4.1 for the Nexus 5 and other Nexus-branded devices on Thursday evening. Its main changes include some much-needed camera fixes for the company’s latest smartphone, but the update brings other fixes and improvements that you may not have spotted yet.
So we’ve put them all together in a handy change log for you. Here’s everything you can expect from Android 4.4.1 on the Nexus 5.
Chances are you’ve already picked your preferred music streaming service by now, but you’ll have another to consider next year when French startup Deezer make its debut in the United States.
The company has avoided the U.S. up until now, citing too much competition, with Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music All Access, and many others already offering subscription-based music streaming services there. But having already amassed over 5 million paying customers in 185 countries worldwide, it’s ready to do battle with the big guns.
Google is in the process of rolling out an unexpected update for its official Play Music application, which comes pre-loaded on all Android devices. The upgrade brings a couple of interesting new features, including an “I’m feeling lucky” radio station and a rather useful user interface tweak.
Google has today enabled Google Play Music All Access in Mexico, just over a week after the service extended its reach in Europe. The service can be enjoyed both on the web and via the Google Play Music app for Android, and you can sign up now for a free 30-day trial.
Samsung has today unveiled Shape M7, a $400 wireless speaker that hopes to compete with the Sonos. It connects to your smartphone, tablet, or computer via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC, and there’s a handy companion app that makes setup easy on Android and iOS devices.
Google Play Music All Access has today expanded its reach across Europe by arriving in seven new countries. The rollout comes less than a month after the service’s first European expansion, and it brings the total number of supported countries up to 19.
Beats Electronics has brought its partnership with HTC to a close by buying back the 24.84% stake that the Taiwanese smartphone maker held in the company for $265 million. The two-year partnership saw Beats Audio technology integrated into HTC handsets, but Beats itself never really got anything out of it.
Beats Electronics is looking to buy back HTC’s share in the company and find a new investor that can provide funds for growth, according to sources for The Wall Street Journal.
The partnership between the two companies has lasted for over two years, but it appears HTC is no longer able to provide the kind of cash Beats needs as it struggles to compete in the smartphone market.
Rdio announced this morning that it is launching a new personalized radio station feature to take on Pandora and iTunes Radio. The new radio station feature, dubbed You FM, combines users’ listening history with track voting, Facebook likes, Twitter follows and more to give each user an individualized experience.
Users can tune stations towards familiar or adventurous sounds or pivot it based on your favorite tracks. The new stations feature is available now on the App Store, Google Play and the web.
Rdio has updated its family subscription plans to allow up to five people to enjoy its music streaming service at once. The family plans aim to prevent sibling squabbles over just one Rdio account, and they’re cheaper than buying separate subscriptions for everyone in the home.