Nokia Music Update Adds Album Artwork to Live Tiles
Nokia recently updated the Nokia Music application for its Lumia smartphones. The most significant new feature of the improved software is the ability to see album artwork for the current track on the Live Tile. Other features let users rewind and fast forward during play back, download mixes without being interrupted by the screen lock, and other general performance improvements. Nokia Music is only available to Nokia's Windows Phone devices. The app is free to download from the Windows Phone Store, but the service itself incurs a monthly fee.
HTC Updates Lock Screen and Sense Home Apps
HTC has made updates available to its Lock Screen and Sense Home apps for the One M9 and other handsets. The Lock Screen gains a significant refresh thanks to Lollipop-style notifications, full-screen album artwork during music playback, and more detailed local weather information.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.