Samsung Music Hub Comes To U.S. Galaxy S III
Samsung today launched its Music Hub service for the major U.S. variants of its Galaxy S III phone. The service encompasses the key features of many other music apps and services. It allows access to music already on the device and users can purchase song and albums, and store that music both on-device and in the cloud. A premium service for $10/month adds ad-free unlimited streaming and custom radio and recommendations. At launch, Samsung is offering a 30-day free trial of the Premium service, plus one free album. The Hub music catalog includes music from four major labels (Sony, EMI, Universal, and Warner), plus some independent artists. The app is available now through the Samsung App Store and Google Play.
Samsung Pushes Security Update to Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung recently seeded a software update to its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The update applies the June security patches from Google, stabilizes memory card performance, and adjusts some user interface elements of Bixby.
Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.
Samsung Adds Chromecast Support to Its Gear VR Headset
People who own the Gear VR can now cast content from the headset to their cast-enabled television sets. A fresh software update from Oculus adds Chromecast support to the Gear VR.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.