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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...