The industry is being shaken up by Samsung, Apple and Microsoft, this afternoon. Two of these stories are rumors, though, so be wary!
Samsung Milk Music may not be the most popular internet radio app, but it is growing and backed by Samsung (which is saying a lot). If you happen to be a Milk fan, a new option is now available for you. Users can now join a premium subscription for only $3.99 a month.
Milk Music has always been free and ad-less, but this subscription will allow you to skip songs as much as your heart desires. The free service only allows for 6 song skips an hour.
Opinion: I have to say I am not a big fan of Milk. I don’t tend to support apps and accessories that are so exclusive. Only Samsung users in the USA can use Milk.
Apple’s upcoming set-top box would give users the ability to access live and on-demand content. The device has been long-rumored, and if The Information is right, we will have to continue our tireless wait, as the device won’t be launching this year.
Apple engineers have been told not to expect a launch this year. Instead, next year is looking like a much more likely time window for such a device’s release. It’s said the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger is to blame for this delay.
Opinion: The transition into live TV and cable partnerships can be a complicated one. I certainly don’t expect this service to be great upon release, even if we have to wait until next year.
Sources “familiar with the matter” say two new smartphones are to come from Microsoft very soon. It’s sais Stephen Elop revealed these in an internal meeting. Specs and in-depth details are not available, but we do have an idea of where Microsoft is aiming.
One device is expected to be a “selfie phone” with a 5 MP front-facing camera and a modest 4.7-inch display. The other device is presumed to be an “affordable high-end device” that sports a powerful PureView camera.
Opinion: What can Microsoft do with the newly-acquired Nokia? That is yet to be seen, but these are among the first device to come from this union.