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Google launches music streaming offer in Brazil

Company expects to provide the service to all Android users - but the free offering will be limited.

Google has entered the already heated music streaming market in Brazil this week through a partnership with Samsung.

The Google Play Music service is available for free to Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Tab S users, as well as the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4, for a six-month period.

From November, all Samsung device users will be able to stream music through the Google service, but the tool will be freely available only for three months.

Eventually, Google wants to open up its streaming service to all Android-based devices, however the price and timescales for this have not been disclosed by the company.

Brazil is one of the largest markets in the world for Android-based devices: the operational system is in 91,6 percent of all smartphones in Brazil , according to research by Nielsen on smartphone use in the country in the first semester of 2014. 

From having virtually zero music streaming options a couple of years ago, Brazilian music fans now have a plethora of services to choose from: this includes Spotify, which started operations locally in May and Rdio, another player that r ecently moved from its previous free-trial to a "freemium" offer in a bid to attract more Brazilian users.