Sony Music Entertainment is refusing to sign off on song skipping features integrated into Apple's iRadio, delaying the long-rumored streaming music service's commercial launch, CNet reports.
Until comparatively recently, watching TV or video on a mobile device was simply not a great experience; the poor quality displays meant viewers spent most of their time squinting at the device, that is, if the content loaded in the first instance. However, over the past two years, the quality of the viewing experience of TV and video on smartphones, tablets and even high-end feature phones has increased dramatically.
Google has mailed a cease-and-desist letter to Microsoft demanding the removal of a new YouTube video application for Windows Phone introduced last week.
Multi-platform gaming company King announced it is now seeing 70 million daily players across all platforms including mobile, bypassing mobile gaming giant Zynga's 52 million DAUs. In addition, the company is expanding its third title to mobile. Pet Rescue Saga , which is already available via Facebook, will launch on Apple's iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and Google's Android this summer.
Google is poised to unveil a subscription-based streaming music service rivaling platforms like Spotify and Pandora.
Rovio Entertainment launched a new game publishing program, Rovio Stars, which promotes mobile titles from third-party developers, a first for the mobile gaming giant. The first title to be launched through the initiative is Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage from Nitrome Ltd. No release date was given for Icebreaker .
Walt Disney Company-owned ABC is poised to begin streaming primetime and local programming to mobile subscribers in select U.S. markets, becoming the first major American broadcaster to simulcast live content to connected devices.
Google is expanding its Android gaming efforts, introducing a series of multiplayer and social features to rival Apple's Game Center platform for iOS, Android Police reports.
Companies from across the mobile app landscape continue to discuss the possibility of mobile "real-money gambling" in the United States as if it could instantly reverse revenue declines and immediately stimulate the hotly contested application industry. However, right now there's little indication that real-money gambling is anywhere near becoming a reality here--but that hasn't stopped some of the market's biggest players from seeking a toe-hold in the space.
Apple's much-rumored streaming music service remains in limbo as a result of ongoing licensing negotiations with the major record labels, The Financial Times reports.