Google Play Music now on the App Store

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Google today launched Play Music for iOS. The app itself is free, but requires a $9.99 subscription to enjoy the All Access streaming service, which is comparable to Spotify or Rdio.

The app is simple enough, and seems to be tastefully crafted following Google’s iOS design language. The app also retains the color scheme of Play Music on Android. All Access enables unlimited streaming, as well as ad-free radio stations. Google Play Music also allows users to upload 20,000 songs to the cloud, which are then available on any device or computer that can access Play Music.

[App Store]

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Google’s Nexus 5 announced

Google’s Nexus 5 announced

Along with our sweet naming tradition, we also introduce a new device with each platform release to showcase the latest Android innovations. For KitKat, we partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 — the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. Its design is simple and refined to showcase the 5” Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.

It’s only when Google announces a device like this do I consider moving to Android. Who’s getting one?

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Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

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Anandtech, arguably the most reliable benchmarking website, dug in to reports that Samsung was juicing its processors to perform better in benchmarks. While researching Samsung’s “optimizations,” they began to run similar diagnostics on other devices.

Long story short, every manufacturer that isn’t Apple or Motorola includes optimizations and other tweaks to try to gain an edge in certain benchmarks. Samsung, HTC, and LG all use tweaks to boost voltage and clock speed when certain benchmarks are detected.

It’s important to note, however, that Google is also apparently opposed to this practice, as their Nexus devices — which are current being built by Samsung and LG — do not exhibit such behavior in benchmarks. Similarly, it seems that the blame lies squarely with the actual OEMs, and not chip makers.

But, perhaps most importantly, it highlights just how silly it is to use an artificial score to decide where to spend hundreds of dollars.

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Report: Apple tops Google and Coca-Cola to be most valuable brand

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After 13 long years of reigning supreme as most valuable company in the world, Coca-Cola has been knocked off its pedestal by none other than Apple, Inc. The report, from brand consulting company Interbrand, lists Apple and Google as “Top Risers” for the last 12 months. (more…)

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They’re Gone: Google Sells Out of 16 GB Nexus 4s

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Exactly two weeks after the 8 GB Nexus 4 model’s stock was burned through on Google Play, the 16 GB model is also gone.

That means that Google is no longer selling a true Nexus device. While the Google Play Editions of both the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One remain available, the inespensive, LG-made Nexus devices aren’t likely to be returning any time soon.

Both models were sold out in the United States after a $100 price drop made the Nexus 4 one of the most affordable smartphones on the market. Combined with its stock Android build and promise of being updated, the Nexus 4 will likely continue to be one of the best handsets for some time.

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Oops: It Looks Like Google Just Leaked the Nexus 5

Oops: It Looks Like Google Just Leaked the Nexus 5

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Google can’t keep its upcoming smartphones under wraps as of late. A few months ago, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was caught using a Moto X — merely a rumor at the time – during a tech conference in Idaho. Now, in a new video ad promoting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat version, one frame — at about 38 seconds in — shows a man capturing a photo with an unfamiliar looking Nexus smartphone.

The mysterious handset appears to be noticeably larger than the Nexus 4, which means that this could be a first look at the next-generation Nexus 5 with a 5.2-inch screen. The device also has a larger camera lens, which lines up with Google executive Vic Gundotra’s promise to make Nexus devices with insanely great cameras. The handset is expected to launch in the fourth quarter.

 

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KitKat: The Next Version of Android

Perhaps only to spite those who believed the next version of Android would be codenamed “Key Lime Pie,” Google’s Sundar Pichai has today announced that the latest version — which will be version 4.4 — is codenamed “KitKat.”

The announcement came with the tweet below, which included the image above. (more…)

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Report: Nexus 5 is Incoming

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Google ignited a frenzy when it slashed the off-contract price of its Nexus 4 smartphone to just $199, the same amount it costs for most leading smartphones on a new two-year service agreement. The 8 GB Nexus 4 is currently sold out on the Play Store, as a result, with only the 16 GB model remaining for $249.

Interestingly, it appears that the price drop could have been done intentionally as a clearance sale ahead of the next-generation Nexus 5. Google confirmed to The Verge that it has no plans to restock the cheaper model, and Droid Life claims that the next Nexus phone will arrive towards late October.  (more…)

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