Sony has just announced a handful of new devices to add to its growing collection of Android-powered music players. The premium NW-ZX1 MP3 player and three colorful variants of the NW-F880 series will be joining the ranks of the Sony's new breed of players that combine the audio quality that the Walkman brand is known for with the versatility of the Android platform.
Shazam just received a massive update on the Google Play Store. Their Android app has always been a bit lacking, especially considering SoundHound has a pretty stellar app themselves. Well, Shazam just got a lot better today although there doesn't appear to be any new features.
Samsung appears to have made a more formal commitment with Wolfson Microelectronics. In fact, they have recently named Wolfson as a primary audio partner. This move will touch on upcoming Galaxy branded devices to include both smartphones and tablets. The more formal part of this agreement comes in because this is not the first time Samsung has used Wolfson technology in a Galaxy device.
HTC has recently offered a bit of additional detail on Boom Sound, a feature that can be found in the recently announced One smartphone. The company is saying that users will be able to capture distortion free audio recordings thanks to the built-in "dual-membrane" microphones. HTC is using the example of being able to get a better than average recording while sitting in the best seat in the house at a concert or while sitting in the back of a classroom setting.
Google Glass wasn't already cool enough, today we're finding out that it feature bone conduction technology. The glasses recently made an appearance at the FCC, and the filing for the project mentions "integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user's head." Of course, Google recently filed a patent for glasses that feature the tech, so it seems that bone conduction will definitely be a part of Project Glass.
CES is available starting today, and if you love portable speakers it's worth a quick look. Meet the Bem Speaker Trio. This unique Bluetooth speaker option allows you to blast your tunes in the living room, then bring the music with you to multiple rooms and even the garage all simultaneously. All this works completely without wires too, so bring on the Google Music.
we reported that Google's finally added scan and match to their Google Music cloud service. The feature in which if Google already has the song available for Google Music, instead of uploading the entire song they'll just "scan and match" then add the song to your library for you. Much quicker. Sadly it looks like Google music doesn't like naughty words or those explicit Ludacris songs we all have.