Google Play Music app on Android can cast directly to Sonos speakers
Sonos is adding support for Google Play Music to its multi-room speaker system, the company has confirmed. While both Android and iOS will gain the extra support, users on Android will be able to control music playback from the Google Play Music app itself, and marks the first time the speaker manufacturer is allowing a third-party app to control the speakers directly.
Play Movies and TV reaches 39 more countries on Android, 32 on iOS
Google has expanded the reach of two of its Google Play services, allowing more users access to its content. Google Play Music and Music All Access has been enabled in four more countries, while the Google Play Movies and TV apps gain increased language support and a service expansion into up to 39 new markets on Android, 32 new countries on iOS.
Touchscreen kiosks to help navigate NYC subway starts roll-out
New York City has started to add interactive maps to help passengers of the subway system. Gizmodo reports that the first 18 MTA On-The-Go kiosks have been installed in the Grand Central subway station, with the MTA and Control Group project using 47-inch touchscreen displays that show train arrival estimates, scheduled departures, and a map which helps plan a route through the system with warnings of potential issues. A wider rollout to more stations is expected to take place by mid-2014.
Pyle Audio's Bluetooth Fitness Scale stores info for ten users, sends data to mobile device
Pyle Audio, manufacturers of outdoor recreational and home, car and professional audio equipment, has introduced its Bluetooth Fitness Scale (PHLSCBT4). The scale is accompanied by and integrated app, designed to provide data including body fat, hydration levels, muscle level and bone level percentages. Using Bluetooth Smart technology, the scale wirelessly sends scale data to the user's mobile device and combines its free Pyle Health Fitness Tracker app to create user profiles and chart progress. Workout data can be shared online, or kept password-protected for private tracking.
Epson adds printer support for Kindle Fire HD and HDX
Epson has announced its printing support for Kindle Fire Printing this week, offering an integrated wireless print function for Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. By adding the Kindle Fire tablets to its mobile printing capabilities, a wide range of Epson Connect-enabled printers can now print with tablets that run Amazon Fire OS 3.1.
Google Play Music app launch marred by streaming glitches
Although it has arrived six months after the launch of the Android version, the Google Play music app for iOS has launched with a bug that stops users from being able to download music for offline listening. A number of user reviews on the iTunes App Store are reporting the issue, while MacNN has confirmed that Google is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. Google Play Music, allows subscribers to download entire albums for offline listening, or stream ad supported music for free, and is a direct competitor to Apple's own iTunes Radio streaming music service.
Includes support for All Access, Radio
Google has released a long-awaited iPhone version of its Play Music app. On a basic level, Play Music lets users listen to up to 20,000 songs uploaded from a desktop or laptop system; the iPhone and Android apps let users cache personal playlists locally for offline playback. By paying $10 per month people can additionally subscribe to All Access, a service with a complete catalog of songs and support for radio stations generated from individual songs, artists, or albums.
Audio additions could attract music fans to Google Glass
Google will be adding the ability to play music through its Glass headwear, as the company makes a wider marketing push for the device. A new "listen to" option will be added to its vocal command lists, with users able to search for and stream the music through Google Play Music, as well as existing music playlists and song recommendations.