This afternoon is filled with awesome news from YouTube, Google and Samsung. These products will change the future. Stick around and learn how.
Google Play Music All Access is a great subscription service for streaming music, but Google is launching yet another subscription service for audiophiles. It’s called Music Key and it offers ad-less, background and offline music to please your ears.
It will launch in Beta starting next week, when invites will start rolling out. Yes, you will need an incite to access this service, at least for now. It will be available for $7.99 at first, but the usual price is set at $9.99.
In a nutshell, the service offers ads-free music videos, background playback and saving content for offline viewing. In addition, subscribers will get full access to the entire Google Play Music library, which further sweetens the deal (and almost deems All Access unnecessary).
Opinion: I have signed up to try and get into the beta service at YouTube’s official Music Key website. You should do the same, this looks promising. YouTube is probably your main source of music and videos, after all.
Google has put together a new SMS app called Google Messenger, which had only been seen in Android 5.0 Lollipop until today. Google Messenger has been made available for everyone, straight from the Google Play Store.
This will be the default messaging app in Lollipop, a privilege only a top-notch app should enjoy… and that it is. The new messaging app is simple, yet feature-full. It adopts the new Material Design, and has the ability to block senders natively. It also supports images, videos and audio, as well as having advanced searching capabilities.
Opinion: I have been using Google Messenger briefly and must say I like it. The design is very appealing, and the interface is sleek. So far I have found no issues. Try it out and let us know how you like it!
Samsung’s investment in the virtual reality market is starting to bear some interesting fruits. Let us introduce you to Project Beyond, the Korean manufacturer’s latest contribution to the VR movement.
Project Beyond is essentially a camera that captures its surroundings in 3D, offering an immersive experience to Samsung VR headset users like they have never witnessed before. It can take a gigapixel of imagery per second. No price or release date information was given, but this is looking awesome.
Opinion: Many fellow reporters got to test this product and all I hear is great things about it. It’s not meant to help you move around spaces virtually, but it could be a great tool for allowing users to experience events in a much more natural form than a simple TV screen.