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
Transsion enjoys smartphone success in India and Africa
Anyone thinking about music in emerging markets may already be following the story of Chinese tech firm Transsion Holdings, which has several mobile-phone brands as subsidiaries including Tecno, Itel, Infinix and (via a 2017...
January 16, 2018
Samsung tipped to unlock the FM radios in its smartphones
Samsung will soon be unlocking the FM radio chip in its smartphones in the US and Canada, according to the maker of the NextRadio app. Note, this isn’t (yet) an official announcement from Samsung itself, but NextRadio...
January 12, 2018
India becomes world’s second-biggest smartphones market
China is the country with the highest smartphone shipments in the world, followed until now by the US in second place. Two different research companies reckon that India has just overtaken the latter country. Canalys claims...
October 30, 2017
Spotify expands its partnership with Google Assistant
After Google’s press event last night, Spotify put out its own related announcement: an expansion of its partnership with Google around the latter’s Google Assistant voice-controlled helper. Owners of a Google Home...
October 5, 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
FCC wants Apple to activate (non-existent) iPhone FM radios
The latest controversy involving Apple is a curious one: pressure from industry bodies and regulators to activate a feature in its iPhones which the company says does not exist. The feature is an FM radio chip, with Federal...
September 29, 2017
Smartphones reaching usage tipping-point in the UK
2017 is set to be a tipping point in the UK for the way people access the internet, with smartphones overtaking desktop and laptop computers for the first time. That's in terms of time spent a day, according to research...
September 12, 2017
Beyond Music: ARKit is Apple’s big augmented reality moment
From cars to TVs, if straight-batting questions about future products was an Olympic sport, Tim Cook would be festooned with more medals than Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps combined. So when Apple’s CEO does talk about...
August 30, 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