Google buys PushLife for media syncing
Google on Friday quietly bought out PushLife in what could be major help to its Google Music initiative. The deal, estimated to be worth $25 million, gets a company whose self-titled service let non-iOS smartphones get access to iTunes collections and other to streamline getting to Windows Media Player. Users can not just play but manage the collection remotely, making playlists or buying new music, PushLife mentioend.
Moto chief says Google Music due with Android 3
Motorola Mobility's CEO Sanjay Jha may have spoiled plans for Google Music in his discussion at Mobile World Congress. He blurted out that "there will be a music service" and tied it closely to the launch of Android 3.0. He didn't say whether it would port over Android phones, but Android 2.4 is likely.
Motorola confirms buying Zecter for ZumoDrive tech
Motorola Mobility on Wednesday quickly confirmed that it had bought Zecter in a minor hit to iOS. The takeover gives it access to the technology behind the iOS apps ZumoCast and ZumoDrive and will be used directly to push cloud access on its Android phones, including in the Motoblur layer. Zecter's technology will be used for "wireless syncing, desktop integration, video transcoding and thin-file retrieval technologies" to provide access to content from home on the phone, Motorola said.
Apple said planning much broader streaming options
Apple's long-rumored iTunes streaming options could be much more comprehensive than first thought if an Apple source is accurate. It would stream purchased music directly from Apple's servers to computers and iOS devices, as expected, but would also stream from the devices themselves over the Internet. Local sharing has been Apple's only official sharing option in the past.
Google to send, share music over web
Google as part of its Android 2.2 rollout surprised conference goers by revealing that its new OS would have a music store. The new sub-section of Android Market works on the web and would let phone owners buy music from the web that then lands on the phone. Since Android 2.2 can be told what to do through push notices, they never have to physically sync to get new purchases, Google said.