Nokia Delays N91 Music Phone
Sep 20, 2005, 2:47 PM by (staff)
Nokia today said it would delay the launch of their highly anticipated music phone until first quarter of 2006. The N91 music phone was announced at Nokia's NSeries launch this spring and was slated for fourth quarter of this year. Nokia is delaying the launch to make sure they get the Windows Media DRM implementation right so the phone works with as many music services as possible. This phone most likely be the first with the Loudeye client Nokia announced last spring at 3GSM which is compatible with both OMA DRM for downloads from mobile music stores and WMA DRM for compatibility with services like Napster and MSN Music. Separately Nokia launched announced a music version of their 6630 smartphone yesterday to fill the void left by the N91's delay. The handset includes a new music player, a headphone adapter, and 256 MB RS-MMC card with USB card reader.
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.
HMD Global Trots Out the Nokia 130, an Entry-Level Feature Phone
HMD Global today announced the Nokia 130, a bar-style handset that runs the Series 30+ platform with basic connectivity apps and a handful of simple games. The handset has a 1.8-inch screen, number pad, 1,020mAh battery, Bluetooth, music player, FM radio, and headphone jack.
Apple Releases Fourth iOS 8.4 Beta
Apple has made iOS 8.4 Beta 4 available to developers for testing. The latest iOS 8 beta adds a new version of the music application ahead of Apple Music's debut later this month.
Google Improves Playlist Discoverability in Google Home App
Google has made it simpler to find music when casting or streaming thanks to a small update to the Google Home app. The latest version of Google Home now includes a Listen tab that's dedicated to music.
Microsoft Pauses Groove Music, Spins New Tune with Spotify
Microsoft today announced changes to its music offering for Windows devices that will see it transition from its own Groove Music service to Spotify. According to Microsoft, the Groove Music media player application will continue to work for playing back owned music on Windows devices, but it will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, or download music after December 31.