Smartphone App Wrap: Travel, TV, Google, and sports

Smartphone App Wrap: Travel, TV, Google, and sports

Summary: As summer approaches and we start to think about getting out and about, I took a look at apps related to travel, sports, and the new Google I/O launches.

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  • (Image: Google Hangouts)

    Google Hangouts

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    I was able to enjoy a group chat in Hangouts on my HTC One while my daughters were on iPhones. A nice feature on Android is the ability to use a number of emoticons by tapping the smiley face on the text entry line.

  • (Image: Google Play Music)

    Google Play Music

    Platform: Android

    Price: $9.99/month for All Access service

    I enjoy music subscription services, but also like to store and enjoy my own music collection. The new All Access service that comes with Google Play Music combines these two functions with a new user interface.

    You can still use Google Play Music with your own collection, but the Radio option and ability to listen to the entire library they have on hand is a subscription service. If you start the trial before 30 June, the monthly subscription fee is just $7.99 so give it a try now.

  • (Image: Google Play Music)

    Google Play Music

    Platform: Android

    Price: $9.99/month for All Access service

    The player interface has also changed a bit with big button controls and album art that moves around the display.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, iPhone, Nokia, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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