Audiobooks Now Available from Google Play Store
Google has added audiobooks to the book section of the Google Play Store. People will be able to preview recorded books in order to assess the narrator's voice before purchasing. Audiobooks can be shared through family plans. Customers won't have to subscribe to a monthly service, as audiobooks are sold at what Google calls fair prices. Many titles are available for under $10. The player supports variable playback speeds, fast forward and rewind, casting, and syncing across devices. Further, the audiobooks section of the Play Store hooks into the Google Assistant and supports commands such as “Ok Google, read my book" on phones and smart speakers. Google is pushing an update to the Play Books app with audiobook support today.
Sep 18, 2018
The new Apple Books reading app is now available to iPhones and iPads in the iTunes App Store. This app replaces the former iBooks app and is what iOS users will use moving forward for consuming books and other materials.
Jun 3, 2019
Apple today announced watchOS 6 for Apple Watches. The update adds a full App Store directly on the watch, offering independent apps, which no longer require a companion app on an iOS device.
Jan 27, 2020
The Byte app is now available to everyone, for both iOS and Android. Byte is a social network based on short video clips, with comment features similar to Instagram, and a "rebyte" feature similar to retweets on Twitter.
Jun 25, 2018
Apple hopes its new section focusing on the 2018 midterm elections will help iPhone and iPad users stay informed about local and national races. Apple says the section, curated by its editors, will feature breaking news, exclusive highlights, and analysis from reliable sources so readers can get up to speed on candidates and topics.