Google fined $5bn by EC for Android anti-competitive behaviour
The sight of Google being slapped with a multi-billion-dollar fine by European regulators will undoubtedly cheer up some music rightsholders, but what implications might it have for the industry? The European Commission...
July 19, 2018
Report: mobile app and game spending up 27.8% year-on-year
Research firm SensorTower has published its latest figures on the mobile apps and games industry, and they suggest strong growth even though we’re now a decade in to the modern apps era. “App Store and Google Play users...
July 17, 2018
Spotify and Pandora loom large in all-time app-spending chart
Spotify is the second top mobile app by all-time, global consumer spend, according to a new report from analytics firm App Annie. Pandora is the third, meanwhile, with the two music-streaming services only beaten by Netflix...
July 6, 2018
HTC shows off Exodus, a blockchain-powered smartphone
Yes, blockchain technology is also making headlines in the smartphone-manufacturing world. HTC has announced plans to develop a blockchain-powered Android smartphone called Exodus, which will come with its own cryptocurrencies...
May 16, 2018
Mobile World Congress kicks off with Android Go and Galaxy S9
The mobile-phone industry has swooped in to Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress event this week. Expect all manner of new smartphones to be announced, as well as related technologies. The news got underway this...
February 26, 2018
Apple and Google app stores reached new heights in Q3 2017
The latest report from research firm App Annie claims that combined app downloads on iOS’ App Store and Android’s Google Play were nearly 26bn in the third quarter of this year. That’s up 8% year-on-year, and as...
October 24, 2017
Google takes on Shazam with ‘Now Playing’ smartphone feature
Last night’s Google press event also saw the unveiling of the company’s new own-brand Pixel 2 Android smartphones, complete with a feature that treads firmly on Shazam’s toes by identifying music that’s currently...
October 5, 2017
Google takes on Apple with Android’s ARCore AR tech
Music Ally has been keenly following developments with Apple’s new ARKit technology, which will bake augmented-reality features into the next major update for its iOS software. The theory is that it will spur a new wave...
August 30, 2017
Record Bird launches its Android smartphone app
Austrian startup Record Bird has been picking up some traction with its iOS app. It sucks in people’s favourite artists on Spotify and Facebook, then provides them with a feed of new releases, videos, reviews and other...
July 5, 2017
Google’s latest Android milestone: 2bn active devices
In recent years, we’ve thought a lot about Apple’s iOS as a platform for music services and apps, but perhaps not as much as we should have done about Google’s Android. At the company’s opening keynote for its...
May 18, 2017
Google Play Music to be Samsung’s default music service
Samsung has tried and failed several times to get a successful digital-music service off the ground, despite the popularity of its smartphones. Now the world’s biggest manufacturer of Android devices is taking what is...
April 24, 2017
Mobile apps spending expected to reach $81bn in 2021
Analytics firm App Annie has published its latest set of predictions for the smartphone apps market in 2017. Obligatory big numbers: it anticipates 195bn global downloads across Android and iOS this year, with smartphone...
March 30, 2017