Google Play Music Service Finally Comes to India

Google Play Music Service Finally Comes to India


  • Google Play Music is live on Android and the Web
  • Users can purchase songs and albums individually
  • A song costs Rs. 15 while an album will charge you Rs. 100 – Rs. 200

It has been a long time for the users in India waiting for Google to introduce its Play Music service in India. And the wait is finally over. Google has quietly opened its Play Music store in India, with songs and albums now available for purchase. The Play Music was rumoured to launch back in July but it didn’t happen at that time. Notably, the subscription service – known as Google Play Music All Access – is not yet available in the country.

The news comes after the Google for India’s event on Tuesday where the company launched a bunch of apps and new features suited for the Indian users. However, there is no official announcement by Google India to add to the same on its blog. With the new Play Music service, Google will enter the digital music market in India to compete with the likes of Apple’s iTunes and Airtel’s Wynk Music.

Google Play Music doesn’t let you stream music as of now, with no Google Play All Access subscription plan, no radio, and podcasts services in India. You can only buy songs and albums individually on the app. With no support for streaming, Google may fall behind Apple Music, Saavn, and Gaana that currently occupy the streaming market in India.

Detailing on the pricing, Google Play Music hosts individual songs of the genres like Bollywood, regional, Indian Pop, and International starting Rs. 15 per song, while an entire album costs within the Rs. 100 РRs. 200 range. You can preview the tracks and pay for them as per your suitability using your debit/ credit card, or with Google Play cards.

The Web version of Play Music is also live with a support for Google Chrome extension for desktops in case users want a player app. Interestingly, the Play Music app on iOS didn’t let us successfully sign into the app, suggesting the service might roll out on iOS platform later. Users can also upload music via Google Play Music on the web – users will be required to download the Music Manager app, which then allows you to upload files from your computer, or playlists via iTunes and the Windows Media player. Users will then be able to listen to the uploaded music anywhere once they sign into the Google Play Music service, whether on Android¬†or the Web.

Tags: Google Play Music, Google India, Play Music, Saavn, Apple Music, Play Music India

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Apps for iOS Finally Get Multitasking Support

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Apps for iOS Finally Get Multitasking Support


  • The Split View feature was introduced last year with iOS 9
  • The update also includes some bug fixes and improvements
  • Google has also updated its Drive apps for Android

It has taken a while but Google has finally introduced multitasking support for its Drive productivity apps (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) on iOS. The Split View and Slide Over feature that Apple introduced last year with the iOS 9 made multitasking on the iPad a whole lot easier. Soon after, many developers including Google began updating their apps to support Split View and Slide Over multitasking.

Google has been slowly updating its iOS apps over the months. It began by updating Chrome to support Split View multitasking feature for iPad back in October, and also added the support for apps such as Google Photos and YouTube. In March, Google updated the Google Docs app for iPad Pro that brought native resolution support but was still missing the multitasking features.

The Slide Over feature allows users to see an app over other running apps, while the Split View feature allows the user to run two apps side-by-side in equal or adjustable windows. These features for Google Docs means iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 users can now simultaneously edit their documents and browse the net or social media apps like Twitter without having to close one or the other. The multitasking feature will make editing, researching and browsing a whole lot smoother and convenient.

Apart from the Split View and Slide Over support, the update also includes some bug fixes and improvements. The update also supports inserting images and page breaks in Docs. All three updates app are available on the App Store.

In the meanwhile, Google has also updated its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android, bringing improved table and chart functionality, reports Android Police. Users can now copy cells from a Sheets worksheet to Docs or Slides, and get a formatted table as a result. This new functionality applies to copied cells not more than 400 in number. Sheets’ chart functionality has also been improved, specifically with they way they are drawn. The updated apps will roll out gradually to all users.

Tags: Android Apps, Apps, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Slide Over, Split View, iOS 9,iOS Apps



Instagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and Videos

Instagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and VideosInstagram Finally Lets You Zoom in on Photos and Videos
It’s arrived on Instagram’s latest iOS app version
Pinch to zoom feature will roll out to Android users in ‘coming weeks’
Zooming on photos or videos will make them look gross
There have been a lot of requests to add a much-wanted zoom feature to the Instagram app. The ability to zoom in to a photo or a video on Instagram was highly talked-about but users could not do so. Until Wednesday that is – Instagram added a feature that lets you pinch in to zoom on the photos or videos you see in the app.

Instagram in a post on Wednesday said,”Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt.” For now, the feature has only been made available to Instagram for iOS, while the Android app will receive the feature in the coming weeks. As we know, the Facebook-owned company has recently been releasing numerous features to its widely used app to catch up with the competitors like Snapchat and Twitter.

It’s a simple pinch-and-zoom gesture that will let you zoom in on any photo or video, and lifting or releasing the pinch will restore the size to normal. It’s the same Lightbox effect that protrudes an image out of its original frame as you zoom. Instagram has noted that the ‘pinch to zoom’ will work on photos and videos in the main feed, as well as on profiles and Explore.
The update has arrived to Instagram v9.2.0 for iOS, and though the company said the update will take a few weeks to reach Android, we were able to use the feature with version 9.2.5 of the app available via Google Play, which saw an update on Wednesday as well.

Earlier this year, Instagram introduced ‘Stories’, a feature very similar to Snapchat’s ‘Story’. You can string multiple videos and/or photos in a single ‘story’, plus with the feature of doodling on them. The ‘stories’ disappear after 24 hours. To enhance the ‘Stories’ feature, Instagram has already played well by introducing the zoom features while recording.

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Tags: Instagram, Apps, Social, Snapchat, Instagram Stories, Twitter


Pokemon Go Finally Launches in Japan as India Continues to Wait

Pokemon Go Finally Launches in Japan as India Continues to Wait


  • Pokemon Go was initially launched in US, Australia and New Zealand
  • The delay in Japan launch was caused due to server overloading issues
  • India is still waiting for Pokemon Go’s official launch

Eager Japanese rushed to their phones on Friday to start hunting as the Pokemon Go mobile game finally launched in Japan, bringing the record-setting global hit to the home of the Pokemon characters.

After several days of rumours that the launch was imminent, Japan – one of the world’s biggest gaming markets – joined the United States, Canada, Australia and more than 30 countries in Europe in playing the “augmented-reality” game by Nintendo Co Ltd in which players interact with virtual characters in the real world.

The unexpected hit has doubled Nintendo’s value since its US launch earlier this month.

(Also see: How to Download Pokemon Go APK, Install, and Play on Android)

Junichi Masuda, head of development at Game Freak, and co-creator of the game, apologised in a video announcement on the Internet for keeping players waiting so long in the land where Pokemon was first born two decades ago.

(Also see: Pokemon Go iOS: How to Download Pokemon Go for iPhone, iPad)

“From today you can go out and find Pokemon to your heart’s content,” he said.

“We hope the game enables users to see the world in a new, fulfilling way. Obey the rules and have fun.”

(Also see: How to Play Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

Initial attempts to download the game took some time, but before long players were starting to hunt and capture the monsters, which showed up even in ordinary offices.

“This game is just as I imagined it to be, it’s really fun,” said Toshinori Ishibashi, 18, who was seen playing the game near a Pokemon goods store in Tokyo Station.

“It’s also a great reason to go outside, so I’m really enjoying it.”

(Also see: Pokemon Go: How to Catch Pikachu)

The game was created by Nintendo, Niantic, and Pokemon Co. Nintendo owns a third of Pokemon Co, and both have undisclosed stakes in Niantic.

McDonald’s Holdings Co Japan Ltd teamed up for the launch and said its nearly 3,000 shops across Japan would serve as spots where Pokemon can be battled or “trained” in the game – but added a very Japanese caveat.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Needs These 6 Features for Continued Success in India and Elsewhere)

“Ultimately, McDonald’s is a restaurant,” said a company spokesman. “We will call on players not to become a bother to customers who are eating.”

The Japanese government on Thursday issued a safety warning, with the country’s National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) giving nine instructions to users of the mobile game, ranging from advising them not to use their real names to warning about heat stroke in the muggy Japanese summer.

(Also see: This Pokemon Go Map Will Show You Every Pokemon Location)

Nintendo shares climbed more than 4 percent in Tokyo trading on Friday, while shares of McDonald’s Japan surged 7.2 percent.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Tags: Android, Apple, Gaming, iOS, Japan, Niantic, Nintendo, Pokemon, Pokemon Go