Google's Rubin Says Music Service Coming, Eventually
Google is nearly ready to launch a music service of its own, said Android chief Andy Rubin in an interview with AllThingsD. "I think we’re close," Rubin said It won't mirror existing services, exactly, explained Rubin. Instead, it "will have a little twist – it will have a little Google in it. It won't just be selling 99 cent tracks." Google already offers an online streaming service that allows users to store their music library online and access it from web browsers or a dedicated application on Android smartphones and tablets. AllThingsD reports that Google needs the support of all the music labels before the service can launch, and there's no definitive word on which — if any — of the labels Google has signed.
Google Music for Android Gains Support for Podcasts
Google today added podcasts to the online and Android versions of its Google Music service. Similar to how Google Music suggests playlists for certain moods or activities, so too will the service recommend podcasts based on interests and activities.
In Boon to Cricket Customers, Google Home Gains Deezer Music Streaming Service
Deezer this week said its music streaming service will soon be available for streaming on the Google Home smart speaker. Deezer competes with Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month.
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.
Essential's Andy Rubin Back to Work After Short Leave
Andy Rubin has returned to his duties as CEO of Essential Products after a very short leave of absence, reports Recode. Rubin took leave from Essential in late November after a relationship he had with a coworker during his time at Google became public.