Review: Samsung Juke
The Juke does one thing really well, and many other things not so well at all. The sound quality from its music player is top-notch, and the adjustability of the equalizer alone is a very nice touch to have. But like so many other features of the Juke, the music player software itself is clunky to use because it requires you to use the spin wheel / D-pad in different ways for different purposes. This leads to a lot of confusion. Also, the switchblade-style hardware is very much biased towards people who hold phones in their right hand. Unfortunately, the detractors in basic usability trump the good performance of the music player.
Verizon Holiday Phones
Verizon Wireless announced four new phones. Read previews of the LG Voyager, LG Venus, Samsung Juke, and BlackBerry Pearl 2 here.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
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YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Apr 21, 2017
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.
Google Assistant Lets Device Makers Create Custom Actions
Mar 9, 2018
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.
Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
Jul 27, 2017
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.