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One of the most common things smartphone users do with their mobile phone is listening to music. There are a bunch of different apps and ways that users can listen to music on their Android smartphones, be it directly purchasing tunes from Google Play or using streaming apps. One of the apps that many Android users wanted for a long time was Spotify.
Spotify for Android hit the Google Place store in mid-June. The app offered full support for Android 4.0 and a slide out navigation pane. Another cool feature was a special “extreme” sound quality setting of 320 kbps. Spotify has now announced another new feature for Android users that will make many music fans happy.
As of today, Android users can now enjoy mobile radio on their smartphones. Spotify says, “A stellar radio experience on your Android is now just a click away.” Users do have to be on Spotify Premium to enjoy the streaming radio service. The good news is if you aren’t on the premium service and want to try mobile radio, you can sign up for a free 30-day premium trial.
Using the new mobile radio feature, fans can create stations based on any artist, album, or playlist. Users can also set up unlimited stations in songs and listen to them for as long as you pay for a subscription. If you hear a song you like, you can save the song to your Spotify playlist. Users can also help make their own stations better using the thumbs-up or thumbs down votes to show if you like or dislike a song that’s playing.
Earlier this year when Path came under fire for uploading the entire contents of users mobile address books (contacts) to their private servers, it launched a myriad of individual lawsuits. This week we’re hearing that 13 of those plaintiffs are seeking to build a class against a group of well known apps.
The new class action suit alleges that billions of contacts from the wireless address books of millions of wireless mobile users were stolen without their knowledge or permission. The lawsuit alleges that these actions took place in “homes, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, stores, and businesses all across the nation,” which turned the victim’s address books into, “mobile radio beacons broadcasting and publicly exposing the unsuspecting device owner’s address book data to the world.”
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Many apps add a convenience feature that allows users to check their address books, Facebook profiles, and Twitter followers against other users to connect with people that they already know from other social networks and apps. Most of these apps broadcast some kind of permission warning in iPhones and every Android app is required to state which permissions the app is going to use before pushing an OK button, thus allowing the app to do so.
Path, Twitter, Apple, Facebook, Beluga, Yelp, Burbn, Instagram, Foursquare Labs, GoWalla, Foodspotting, Hipster, Linked In, Rovio Mobile, Zeptolab UK, Chillingo Electronic Arts and Kik were all named in the suit.
So far only Linked In and Zeptolab have made any comment to the press about the suit. Linked In’s Hani Durzey told CNet:
“Yes, we’ve seen the suit. It’s baffling, because quite simply, our mobile apps do not do what is alleged in the suit.”
Zeptolab said: “As far as we know we have not been legally served with any lawsuit, and thus have no comment at this time.”
Whoa, Nelly! Verizon’s list of upcoming devices has leaked, and it includes a couple of names that should turn heads. Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the HTC Rezound are listed at $299 with advertisements beginning on November 10th. Between this Droid-Life leak and a good bit of earlier info, this leaves little doubt that both devices will find there way onto Verizon’s shelves next month.
The Galaxy Nexus, AKA the Nexus Prime, is widely believed to be featured in Google’s Hong Kong announcement next Tuesday. Like previous Nexus phones it’ll serve as the development platform for the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Google has been hyping up the new software with the standard statue unveiling, and numerous photo and video leaks have given us a pretty good indication of the phone’s look and capabilities.
The HTC Rezound was previously code-named the Vigor, and like the Galaxy Nexus it’ll use Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The phone features a 720p screen (also widely rumored for the Galaxy Nexus) and a top-of-the-line 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The Rezound has been a steady target of leaks since the summer.
It’s important to note that the leaked Verizon information doesn’t represent a release date – the “minimum advertised price” list is just a guide for official ads. But given that other members of the list like the DROID BIONIC and the HTC Rhyme are listed at their current MSRP, it’s a safe bet that three hundred bones is what you’ll be paying for both the Galaxy Nexus and the HTC Rezound. This may or may not include Verizon’s frequent mail-in rebates.
Take a look at the version number of the Nexus – SCH-i515. It’s distinctly different than the GT-i9250, which passed through the FCC earlier this month with AT&T and T-Mobile radio bands. That’s a good indication that the Galaxy Nexus, or the Nexus Prime, or at least some comparable device will be making it to three different carriers soon.
Keep an eye on Android Community this coming Tuesday night as we cover the Samsung/Google Hong Kong event. SlashGear will be covering the Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus unveiling live in China, beginning at 10AM Wednesday local time. That’s 10PM EST Tuesday evening in the United States.
For the continually moving target that is the Nexus Prime, there’s at least one possible new release date. A forum member claiming to be a Verizon insider says that the next Android superphone will be announced on November 3rd along with Ice Cream Sandwich. The informant is anonymous, so as always, take the info with a grain of salt.
The source goes on to let out some juicy details about the Motorola Droid RAZR, a phone which we’ve seen and heard very little of compared to the Nexus Prime. He says that both phones are on hand at Verizon and that between the two of them, the Samsung Nexus Prime wins out on the strength of its 720p screen and brand-spankin-new Ice Cream Sandwich software. In the RAZR’s favor it’s “very fast, smooth, and has a great battery life.” According to the informant, the RAZR will be the phone that the DROID BIONIC should have been. Naturally, the informant doesn’t mention the possible FCC sighting of the Nexus Prime with AT&T and T-Mobile radio bands.
Android fans (and bloggers) were shocked Friday morning then the much-anticipated Samsung Unbox Event had been moved from CTIA to a time and place unknown. This was even more disappointing so soon after Samsung’s teaser video, which showed us a first glimpse of what is almost certainly the Nexus Prime / Galaxy Nexus. It was later confirmed that the event has been delayed due to the death of Steve Jobs. The rumor mill has been working double shifts to keep up with all the leaks and speculation ever since. A possible reschedule date of October 27th was rumored, but that seems less and less likely as time goes on.