Nokia 3 to Get Android 7.1.1 Nougat by August-End, Confirms HMD Global

Nokia 3 to Get Android 7.1.1 Nougat by August-End, Confirms HMD Global


  • Nokia will get Android 7.1.1 Nougat update by August-end
  • HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer confirmed this news on Twitter
  • Nokia 3 is currently available in India at Rs. 9,499

The smallest sibling of the Nokia smartphones, Nokia 3, which was launched by HMD Global in June this year and started selling via offline channels in India at Rs. 9,499 recently, has been confirmed to receive the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update by the end of August. While the mid-tier Nokia 5 shipped with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and the high-end Nokia 6 moved to the wider Android 7.1.1 rollout in May this year, Nokia 3 has not been left behind by the company as HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas took to Twitter to make the confirmation.

The Nokia 3 currently runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and as promised by HMD Global it will receive the latest Android update. Sarvikas on Saturday posted a tweet that “Got a few questions on this so wanted to confirm that #Nokia3 will receive 7.1.1 update by end of August. @nokiamobile”. Furthermore, Sarvikas also confirmed to one of the Twitter users that the Android 7.1.1 Nougat will be rolled out globally at a same time rather than being restricted to particular regions initially.

After the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, the Nokia 3 will have the features such as the app shortcuts for apps, GIF support from the native keyboard app on some compatible apps like Google Allo, Hangouts, and Messenger.

As for the specifications, Nokia 3 sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) display, Android 7.0 Nougat, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card support. Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back sides. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.

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Nokia 3

Nokia 3

  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Feels solid
  • Stock Android experience
  • Dedicated slots for SIMs and microSD card
  • Bad
  • Average overall performance
  • Camera quality is below par
  • No fingerprint scanner
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    Rs. 9,999
  • Coolpad Note 3S (Gold, 32GB)
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50 or More Posts on Facebook Could Get You Labeled as Fake News

Facebook Update to Reduce Fake News

If you use Facebook regularly to share news about your brand, product or service, you may want to make sure you don’t post too many updates in the future. Otherwise, you may run the risk of being labeled fake news.

In a recent announcement, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) said that it was changing its news feed computer algorithm as a way of limiting the reach of people known to frequently blast links to sensationalist websites, clickbait stories and misinformation.

“Users who post a lot — meaning 50-plus times per day — are very often sharing posts that the company considers to be spam or false news,” said recode’s senior editor Kurt Wagner in a post. “So now Facebook is going to identify the links that these super-posters share, and cut down on their distribution on the network.”

Facebook Update to Reduce Fake News

Facebook says that the change would ideally reduce the influence of a “tiny group” of people who routinely share vast amounts of public posts per day, effectively spamming people’s feeds.

“One of our core News Feed values is that News Feed should be informative,” said Facebook’s VP Adam Mosseri. By taking steps like this to improve News Feed, we’re able to surface more stories that people find informative and reduce the spread of problematic links.”

The changes are set to only apply to links and not to photos, videos, status updates or check-ins. It is also important to note that the update doesn’t affect Facebook Pages, only individual accounts, so publishers and marketers sharing their own content likely won’t be affected.

The social media giant, which now boasts 2 billion monthly active users, frequently tweaks its algorithm. For instance, back in May, the company announced a change giving lower prominence to links that lead to pages full of annoying and deceptive ads.


Do You Know What it Feels Like to Get Hacked?

Do You Know What It Feels Like To Get Hacked? | Social Media Today

Hopefully your answers is “no”, and the intention of this blog is to keep you cyber safe in 2017.

Remember the hack of the Ashley Madison site? The top 3 passwords used on that site were “123456”, “12345” and “password”.

While there are no guarantees that malicious actors won’t get to your information, the following tips will decrease the probability of having your personal information hacked.

Let’s do some cyber maintenance. In addition to changing your passwords, learn other ways to make your cyber presence safer.

1. Have Complicated, Unique, Difficult-To-Crack Passwords

Hate changing your passwords for your social media, online banking, and other online accounts? So do I. But having someone invade your privacy, social channels, or even financial information is a lot worse.

A good solution to create strong passwords (and track them at the same time) is to sign up for a password storage tool. 1Password carries a yearly fee, and I’ve also heard good things about a free tool called LastPass.

All you need to do, once you have such a tool, is to create one really complex password and remember it. Then you can let the tool auto-generate all your other long and tricky passwords, which you won’t need to remember.

2. Never Reuse a Password

Don’t use the same password or slightly modify it to use it on multiple accounts.

Make each password unique, with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters – at least 9 characters, ideally more.

3. Update Your Passwords Regularly

Change your passwords periodically (at least every 6-12 months). While having a really difficult password is the number one way to protect your accounts, changing your password can’t hurt.

4. Prevent “Dictionary Attacks”

Don’t use dictionary words, your pet’s name, your college or any other words that have an obvious correlation to you as a person. These are easy to find, even just via Google, and so-called “dictionary attacks” – which are extremely common and simple – can crack those passwords in no time.

NOTE: Personally, I also discourage publishing your birthday on LinkedIn or Facebook as this date is a crucial detail to cracking and taking over your (online) identity; especially in the USA where birth date and social security number ARE your identity.

5. Keep Your Security and Privacy Settings Current

Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media channels occasionally change their privacy options, which is easy to miss (or dismiss) as such updates are not particularly interesting.

For a safe 2017, visit your social channels and review your privacy and notification settings. While you’re there, disconnect access for apps you no longer use.

6. Enable Two-Factor-Authentication

Something often dismissed as too complicated is two-step-verification.

Most social platforms, banks and other accounts now provide this as an option – here’s how it works:

  • In addition to your password, every time you sign in, you get a text message or app notification with a code that you need to enter before you get access to your account.
  • You’ll be asked to specify your trusted device(s) to receive the code, e.g. your iPhone or iPad, so only you have access.

7. Don’t Store Passwords in Your Browser

I know, it seems convenient but hackers feel the same way.

Browser attacks are very common – here’s some more information on common threats by Kaspersky.

8. Have a Security Program Installed

You need a virus protection program at a minimum, and many of these now come with privacy packages to help you in case you do get hacked.

Here’s a suggestion for 10 virus protection programs. Also consider a service that alerts you to invasions into your personal information, like changes in your credit report. One option is Lifelock.

9. Install Software Updates

Don’t dally when it comes to installing updates to your applications, operating system or website. While I admit that I sometimes wait a few days when a new OS update comes out so that the main bugs can be fixed first, I never wait for more than a week.

10. Be Suspicious of URLs Before You Click

Phishing is generally an attempt to get users to click on a malicious URL that will upload a virus if you do.

Never click on a URL sent by your bank, PayPal or other account that requires you to sign in.

Often, malicious actors will steal your password that way, or upload a virus. Instead, go to the site directly and log-in from there to check on any message.

Also, be suspicious about the senders of any message you receive via email or social media. Sometimes when I see a shortened link, I ask the sender to give me the URL to look it up myself or I pass.



[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

Get fit 2017: all the fitness gear you need to fight the festive flab

If the overindulgence of Christmas has inspired you to get fit in early 2017, we’ve got you covered.

Whether it’s the best fitness band to keep a track of your steps or a new treadmill for your home, we’ve rounded up all our top features into one handy guide.

Let’s kick off our ultimate fitness gear guide with five top tips from Nick Anderson. He’s a GB and EA running coach, PT, plus a coach for Saucony, High5, and the Running Bug. So basically, somebody who knows a lot about running!

Nick’s best running tips

  1. Enter a race or an event. This gives you a goal and real target, date and objective to work towards.
  2. Get a plan towards this goal or event and choose one thats realistic. It could be written by a top coach and aimed at your ability, pace and experience making it achievable.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people when chasing the resolution. This could mean training with friends or a running group to make your plan fun. Equally it could be buddying up with a friend to go to the gym or a new conditioning class.
  4. Join one of the communities aimed at supporting you and your new year resolution/pledge. RunningBug offer Run Yourself New and there is also the Jantastic community.
  5. Remind yourself why you set the resolution and how you were feeling at the time. We often get more time over the festive season in the build up to New Year to assess our lives, goals and direction. Then when New Year arrives we abandon the resolution as already too busy. Think about how you felt and ring fence the time to make this resolution work each day and week…..running just 3 times a week can see fantastic result for example!

Now read on for all the fitness gear you need in your life, from fitness bands to mobile apps

Best running shoes to buy

Picking up a great pair of running shoes is essential to ensuring your fitness regime goes to plan and we’ve tested a whole load of the best. Aside from making sure your feet are comfortable, a great pair of running trainers should offer support, let your feet breath and boast some extra nifty bits of tech to round things off. We’ve also got some top tips on choosing the right pair of shoes for your running style.

Read: best running shoes

Best running headphones

So, you’ve got your sparkly new fitness band, a treadmill for your home gym and stocked up on enough pairs of running shoes to last you the year, what else do you need? A great pair of running headphones, that’s what. Yes, we know, you could stick with the buds that came bundled with your phone, but we all know that they’re not very good. Instead, you should pick up a pair of dedicated ‘phones, which won’t fall out of your ears as soon as you start running. Many of these are resistant to sweat too, which is a must, for us anyway and they sound fantastic. Perfect for pumping out your handcrafted gym playlist.

Read: best headphones for running

Best football boots to buy

The options here range from solid, mid-range boots to wild flights of footwear tech fancy. Don’t forget to carefully choose between the various options that most of them offer with, for instance, variants for hard and soft ground. You should also probably be realistic about your skills. Having a boot that’s super-light and offers next to no protection is not a great idea if you’re not as fleet of foot as you once were. On the other hand, having a super-flash set of boots can give you added confidence and a better first touch, if you’re not completely hopeless in the first place.

Read: best football boots

Best sports sunglasses

If you’re looking for the best sports sunglasses you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put our eyes on the line testing the very best shades money can buy. Whether you’re running, cycling, golfing, or fishing this list is for you.

Read: best sports sunglasses

 Our buying guides for bikes

Nothing beats buzzing around town on two wheels during the summer months. Evening pub pints with pals are made even more appealing without the worry of sweaty public transport or the ferocious cost of cabs, while the daily commute can provide some much-needed post-winter fat removal when tackled on two wheels.

We’ve collated the best of this year’s offerings under £1,500 as well as the top electric bikes, road bikes under £2,000 as well as expensive elite choices.


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Prosecutors Get Warrant for Amazon Echo Data in Arkansas Murder Case

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The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated smart speaker that plays music, gives the weather forecast and updates its owner’s shopping lists, among other everyday tasks.

But prosecutors in Arkansas believe one such virtual assistant may hold something far more crucial: data that can help in a murder trial.

The case against Bentonville man James Bates is gaining national attention after prosecutors confirmed there is an active warrant to obtain information from his Amazon Echo.

While Benton County prosecutor Nathan Smith told NBC News they’re not trying to force Amazon to comply with the warrant — and the e-commerce giant says it has refused anyway — the case is putting a spotlight on how newer types of personal technology have become sought-after pieces of evidence.

Kim Weber, Bates’ attorney, said that although he has nothing to hide, she is still worried about the issue of privacy. It’s a familiar concern: How cellphones are used to track people and whether seizing certain information on them is legal has been taken up by various courts.

“It is disconcerting for me as a defense attorney to know that we are purchasing these wonderful items to help us in our home … to help us in our quality of life, and then they can be turned around and … used against us to charge us in crimes,” Weber told NBC News on Tuesday.

She added that Amazon was right in protecting her client.

In Bates’ case, prosecutors sought the Amazon Echo’s electronic data from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22 of last year, when a homicide at his home occurred, to help piece together what happened.

Bates is charged in the murder of co-worker Victor Collins. Police said Bates had invited Collins and two other buddies over to watch football, and they drank beer and vodka.

One of the friends left, and Bates, Collins and the other friend got into a hot tub where they continued to drink until 1 a.m., according to an affidavit. Bates said he decided to go to bed, but woke up hours later and found Collins face down in the water.

Bates called 911, and detectives found Collins’ body. The affidavit said he died of homicide by strangulation with a contributing cause of drowning.

But investigators noted that Collins was bleeding and bruised on his face, and that there was evidence of a struggle and a cover-up. They also found Bates made calls throughout the night to various numbers that didn’t go through, which appeared inconsistent with him saying he was sleeping, according to the affidavit.

Bates told police the calls were so-called “butt dials.”

The other friend who was with the pair had returned home by 12:30 a.m., his wife told investigators, and he showed no signs of physical struggle, the affidavit said. Bates was examined and there was bruising as well as scratches on his back, arms and abdomen, the document added.

Finally, police said, utility records showed an increase in water usage early in the morning, suggesting the patio had been sprayed down to eradicate evidence.

Bates pleaded not guilty in court in April and posted bail. He faces a trial next year.

While an Amazon Echo was located inside the home, prosecutors have not said exactly what they might be looking for to aid in the case. Police were able to access data on the device, and prosecutors have discussed with Amazon getting further data from it or the company’s servers, where the information s stored.

Amazon in a statement said it “will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us. Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.”

Benton County prosecutors argue Amazon has no legal standing in Bates’ case not to turn over pertinent information.

The Amazon Echo, by design, holds a wealth of knowledge. The Internet- and Bluetooth-enabled device is constantly listening. When someone gives the trigger word — usually the name Alexa — and then asks a question or makes a command, the virtual assistant does its best to comply.

And, in those moments, Alexa is also recording.



[Source:- NBC]

Demonetisation blues? Now get cash delivered to your home via Snapdeal!

Snapdeal has launched a service called [email protected] through which you can get up-to Rs 2,000 in cash delivered to your home.

The service, which is currently available in Gurugram and Bengaluru is free of any hidden terms and conditions. You don’t have to order anything from Snapdeal and have to pay just a convenience charge of Rs 1. The company says the money is being distributed as a “goodwill gesture”, and comes from the money it receives as CoD.

How does it work?
1. Install the Snapdeal App
2. Allow location access so it can check if there is cash available in your area
3. If cash is available, you will get a notification via SMS and on your mobile which will take you to the order page
4. Pay a convenience charge of Rs 1 either via FreeCharge or your debit/credit card
5. A Snapdeal executive will arrive at your house the next day with a POS machine and you have to just swipe your card to get the cash
6. There is a Rs 2,000 per day limit on the booking

Great move amidst cash crunch
This is a great move from the company at a time when people are really facing the heat due to demonetisation and are strapped of cash. Yes, this will increase the company’s reach and app installs and also frees up the company from having to deposit the cash in it’s own account, but is a great gesture nonetheless.

Rohit Bansal, co-founder, Snapdeal says “At Snapdeal, we aim to be the marketplace that seamlessly services every customer need. As the country transitions to a more digitally enabled economy, we’ve launched a series of timely initiatives – from wallet and card on delivery, to extending FreeCharge partnerships to smoothen this transition. The launch of the cash on demand service is intended to further help our consumers tide over any cash crunch that they might face in addressing their daily needs.”



[Source:- Techrader]

Windows 10 Insiders Get Green Screen of Death

Blue is so last build of Windows 10 Insider Preview. As part of build 14997, Insiders will now get a green screen of death. The change in color will reportedly roll out to all users next year.

The change may be for Microsoft techs, more than just for aesthetics. If the team sees a green screen online they will reportedly instantly be recognizable as a priority.

Microsoft senior program manager for Windows, Matthijs Hoekstra hinted at the change, but it was found in the wild by @chris123NT Twitter user.

Build 14997 will also come with a blue-light reduction feature, the ability to enable Cortana during the initial setup phase, app folders for Start Menu and improvements to Microsoft Edge tab management. Note: This build has not officially been released to the public, so we wouldn’t recommend downloading it from an unsecured third-party.



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The simple way to get better at design


Design, by its very nature, is there to be judged. We do it every day—whether it’s our own creation, or that of someone else. When we see something, we’re looking at it and forming an opinion (positive or negative).

So, those of us who do this type of work for a living do understand that it’s all part of the gig. Clients will of course give their opinions about what we have created for them. Our job is generally two-fold:

  • Communicate with the client as to why we made specific design choices and back up our methods with supporting evidence. For example, perhaps a client doesn’t like the placement of a search field. You might point out that you placed it in that particular spot as research shows more users will utilize the feature.
  • Make sure you’ve done your best to ensure the client’s happiness with your work. Whether they come around to your way of thinking or not, you still need to put forth your best effort to help them achieve their goal.

There’s a certain amount of give-and-take in the design process when working with a client. But that’s to be expected when you’ve been hired by someone to represent their brand.

However, in recent times, designers have also become subject to another kind of criticism: one they voluntarily sign up for.


Beyond the usual client feedback, there are “community critique” websites. Many designers are choosing to submit their work to sites like Behance or Awwwards – places where the community at large (and a jury in the case of Awwwards) can offer both critique and some creative inspiration.

Both communities, although a bit different in methodology, are quite popular. Behance is run by Adobe and is completely free to use. Besides websites, they also feature varied types of media such as photography, architecture and fashion. You can upload your work via their site or directly from Photoshop CC. Community members can vote up and comment on submitted works, while Behance curators create featured galleries showing the best of the best.

Awwwards differs in that they focus solely on websites and they also charge for submissions. After submission, your site will be evaluated by a panel of eight judges and can also be voted on by members of the community. But only community member voters with a specific amount of “status” points to their credit actually count towards the final verdict. If you do well enough, you may even get featured as a “Site of the Day”, and included in their yearly book.

There is some truly outstanding work being shared. It’s hard not to find inspiration when browsing through the submissions. If you decide to join in the fun, you may find that you’ve made a positive impact on someone else. Even if you don’t win any formal honors, inspiring others is a reward in its own right.

It’s also entirely possible that, if your work becomes popular, your career may get a real boost. Behance, for example, has an area of their site for job postings. Granted, the competition is fierce. But if the right person sees your creations, it could lead to some big opportunities.

Going through the whole process of having your work critiqued by other design professionals can also make you a better designer. Helpful tips from others can point out some different techniques or help you to clean up some inconsistencies in your work. Little things like this can make a big difference in the finished product.


While there are lots of positive attributes, these communities are not completely risk-free. For one, the joys of putting yourself out there to be judged may not be for everyone. We sensitive types might not be ready or willing to handle low ratings—or worse—unflattering comments.

Thankfully, scanning the comments section of various Behance listings showed mostly positive and uplifting messages from other members. Initially, one of my biggest fears when peering into these communities was that anyone could come in and say derogatory things about another person’s project (this is the internet, after all). But that didn’t seem to be the case. It could be the result of a friendly community combined with top-notch comment moderation.

In fact, the only minor annoyance in the comments section is the self-promotion from other designers (“Great work! Please click here to see my profile.”). Oh well, you can’t blame people for trying.

As for low ratings, well, that could be tough to take. To some, it could feel devastating to see their hard work panned. On the bright side, it may be a good motivator to continue learning and improving your skills.


Until recently, I hadn’t taken the time to look into sites like Behance or Awwwards. I have to say that my initial reaction to the thought of these community critique sites was one of concern. I thought that perhaps they’d be equivalent to the trolling we so often see on social media. Pleasantly enough, I was wrong!

For many, submitting your work for review can be a very positive experience. At the bare minimum, you’ll have the opportunity to see how you stack up against some of the best designers out there. That can lead to a growth in your skills and perhaps even a boost for your career as a whole.

Still, this may not be the best fit for every personality. Criticism, even if it’s well-meaning, can be difficult to hear. But even if you’re not interested in submitting your own projects, I encourage you to take a look around at the quality of work on display in these communities. You’ll undoubtedly find yourself inspired by what you see. Plus, you may even get a shot of confidence from discovering that you’re capable of doing similarly well in your own projects.

Both Awwwards and Behance appear to be well-run communities. You can feel confident that your participation in them (whether you submit something or not) will be very worthwhile.



[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

Dennis the Menace to get CGI makeover for new series on CBBC

Dennis as he will appear in the new series being made for CBBC.

Dennis the Menace is to get a CGI makeover for a new generation in a series set to air on the BBC next year.

The mischief-making Beano character and his faithful companion Gnasher will make the 3D leap in the new series for CBBC.

“We’re thrilled to be working with CBBC on the new series, which will see us bring Dennis to life and bang up to date in CGI for the next generation of Beano fans,” said Emma Scott, chief executive of Beano Studios.

The 52-part series of 11-minute episodes, called Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, will see the 10-year-old Dennis “aged up a bit” visually in his 21st-century makeover, which will air in late 2017.

Previous series, the last of which aired in 2013 on the BBC, showed Dennis only in 2D.

“Dennis and Gnasher have been unleashing their own particular brand of mischief on CBBC for many years and their ardent fans will be delighted by this wonderful new series from two of the UK’s most notorious rascals,” said Cheryl Taylor, controller of CBBC.

Beano Studios has also hinted that a Dennis-led Beano movie may be in the works, saying that it was “exploring plans” to take its characters to “bigger screens and stages worldwide”.

The company was set up earlier this year by parent company DC Thomson to lead a digital rejuvenation of the 78-year-old magazine’s characters including Minnie the Minx and Bananaman.

The venerable title, which holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running weekly comic, sells 38,000 copies per week in the UK.

However, Scott is keenly aware of the need to win over the YouTube and iPad generation, setting up a new online portal,

In 2012, DC Thomson shut the Dandy, the UK’s oldest children’s comic, and put it online following its 75th anniversary.

However, the attempt to give the title a breath of digital life failed and the website was shut.

[Source:- The Gurdian]

Echo Owners May Get Their Own Kind of Music


Amazon is planning two music subscription services, according to rumors thatbegan circulating last week. One is a US$10 a month offering that is similar to Spotify and Apple Music, and the other is a $4-$5 a month cut-rate service available only on Amazon’s Echo device.

Amazon reportedly wants to launch both in September, but it has yet to finalize deals with major music labels and publishers, or to settle on pricing for the Echo-only service, which will be ad-free and offer unlimited music on demand.

Tying Down the Customer

The planned Echo-only service appears to go against the current trend of streaming music to mobile devices.

Eighty-seven percent of smartphone owners aged 18 to 29 who participated in a recent Pew survey said they had listened to an online radio or music service on their phone, while 41 percent of those aged 50 and above had done so.

“The upside to streaming services is you’re not tied to a device — your music is anywhere that you are,” noted Mike Goodman, a research director at Strategy Analytics.

“If the service works only on an Amazon Echo, the user’s now tied down to a single location, and while it may cost less, it will also be less functional,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

Keeping Things Simple

That said, there’s an increasing trend to embed a computer device into the home entertainment system, observed Michael Jude, a program manager atStratecast/Frost & Sullivan.

“Many outlets, like Tiger Direct, sell purpose-built computers that plug into the home system,” he noted. “This allows streaming services to interface with the home stereo and allow for streaming on a fixed system. Also, many consumers use their home systems to stream music while they do other things.”

Echo “is just a special purpose computer and could easily take the place of a dedicated computer in the home entertainment system,” Jude told the E-Commerce Times.

Consumers want less complexity in their lives, Jude said, based on Stratecast’s research. “A music service over Echo might make the whole entertainment/retail thing less complex and more appealing to the average consumer.”

What’s in It for Amazon

The streaming music tie-in might boost sales of the Amazon Echo, which “is kind of an early adopter device right now,” Jude suggested.

Amazon “wants to sell things retail, and Echo is its way to integrate retail into people’s daily activities,” he pointed out. “If I were Pandora, I wouldn’t worry about this, but, if I were Target, I would.”

The music subscription business is “awfully crowded,” Strategy Analytics’ Goodman said. Spotify is the market leader, and Apple is a strong second, but “there’s a whole host of No. 3s out there — a cast of thousands — none of whom has a significant number of subscribers despite being in the music business longer than Apple Music.”

Apple Music hit the scene just a little over a year ago.

The music business is “especially hard because everybody has the same catalog,” Goodman pointed out. “Apple Music succeeded because it tapped into the huge Apple ecosystem. They have a marketplace they can tap into that nobody else can.”

The question, then, is what can Amazon do to set itself apart? A cut-rate service could let Amazon “undercut Spotify, who has yet to make a profit and carve out a piece of the market that way,” Goodman suggested.

Another issue is how the Echo service will related to the Amazon Prime music service, and what percentage of the Amazon customer base constitutes a greenfield opportunity.

The music subscription service included in Prime “is a competitive product, assuming that it continues to exist,” Goodman observed.

It’s unknown how many Amazon customers already subscribe to streaming music services, Goodman said. “There are more questions than there are answers at this point in time.”


[Source:- Technewsworld]