Where do you go to, my lovely? Google knows
An investigation by Association Press claims that Google services on both Android devices and iPhones are still logging users’ movements – even if they believe they have switched tracking permissions off. AP has had...
August 14, 2018
Google launches Cameos app for celebrity Q&As
Google has a brand new app that musicians might be interested in. It’s called Cameos on Google, and promises to be a way for celebrities (artists included) to answer the burning questions of their fans. “Cameos on...
August 10, 2018
Smart speaker sales, forecasts and market share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more
The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and...
August 6, 2018
Amazon estimated to have 70% of US smart-speaker market
The latest analysis of the smart-speakers market comes from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), which reckons that the US install base of these devices is now 50m units. The company’s survey of 500 owners...
August 3, 2018
New for Spotify: Google Clock deal and Archie motion-comics
Spotify already has a pretty close relationship with Google for integration into its Google Home family of smart speakers. Now the companies are collaborating on one of the most well-used apps on Android devices: its clock...
August 1, 2018
New Google-funded study explores online piracy trends in 2018
We’ll get the caveat in upfront: a new study of online piracy by researchers at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law is “financed by Google” – although its authors say the project was “conducted...
August 1, 2018
UK MPs weigh in over ‘platform or publisher?’ debate
The UK’s House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published an interim report exploring the threats to democracy posed by ‘fake news’ and hyper-targeted advertising designed to swing election...
July 30, 2018
Google Assistant tops VC firm’s voice-assistant ‘IQ’ test
Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the smartest smart-speaker of them all? This is no fairytale: it’s a study by venture-capital firm Loup Ventures of the relative ‘IQs’ of the main voice assistants: Google Assistant,...
July 26, 2018
Even with $5bn EC fine Alphabet posted a $3.2bn net profit in Q2
The European Commission recently hit Google with a $5bn fine for anti-competitive behaviour around its Android platform, although the company is planning to appeal. How much would the fine hurt its parent company Alphabet...
July 24, 2018
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
100m smart speakers expected to be in use by end of 2018
Research firm Canalys has published the latest report predicting the growth of the smart-speakers market, and there’s a big, round number attached to it. “Canalys expects the smart speaker installed base will approach...
July 10, 2018