In ITy Bytes 13 May Edition
- Spotify Premium for Family gets a free Google Home Mini – but hurry offer expires 14 May.
- Sony reveals PlayStation 4 State of Play;
- Amazon Alexa claims it supports 60K ‘smart devices’;
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G may be Australia’s first 5G smartphone;
- No more trash talk on Xbox – about f*&^%n time;
- Microsoft tackles IoT compatibility with plug and play;
- Android Q has new gestures. What does Q mean?;
ITy Bytes 13 May are small news nuggets to keep you up to date
Spotify Premium for Family gets a free Google Home Mini – but hurry, offer expires 14 May.
Spotify Premium for Family subscribers already enjoy personalised Spotify accounts for up to six family members at a total of $17.99 per month.
Spotify and Google Assistant work really well together, and it even supports playlists. More importantly, it allows you to ask for genres – dinner, dance, gym, drive and control these by voice as well.
Sony reveals PlayStation 4 State of Play
Sony’s PS4 key announcements are in its latest PlayStation Blog. They include
- The Limited Edition Days of Play PS4, complete with a 1TB hard drive and matching DS4.
- A new look at Final Fantasy VII Remake: Check out the stunning new trailer for the returning RPG classic. Check out the trailer here.
- Predator: Hunting Grounds announced for PS4: Your first look at a brand new asymmetric online multiplayer shooter featuring an iconic villain. Check out the trailer here.
- MediEvil release date confirmed for PS4: Sir Daniel Fortesque returns this Autumn in a from-the-grave-up remake – watch the new trailer here.
- Cute co-op dungeon crawler Riverbond announced for PS4: Classic dungeon crawling, couch co-op and guest skins from beloved indie games. Check out the trailer here.
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne release date announced for PS4: More details on the new region – Hoarfrost Reach – and the creatures found there… Check out the trailer here.
- Animal adventure Away: The Survival Series revealed for PS4: Your first look at Breaking Walls’ ambitious new title, which aims to bring nature documentaries to life. Check out the trailer here.
Amazon Alexa claims it supports 60K ‘smart devices.’
Amazon Alexa is claiming a massive increase in the number of smart devices up from 12,000 twelve months ago. The fine print is that there are about 7,400 ‘brands’ and it was convenient that Amazon’s announcement was smack in the middle of Google I/O.
The five-fold increase is due to a massive increase in the number of Chinese made generic smart Wi-Fi lights, plugs and switches that do not require a specific skill, brand or hub to connect. In which case its good news for Google Home as these devices will cozy up to that ecosystem as well.
In fact, number posturing does not matter anymore in the war between Alexa and OK Google – Google already has 1 billion smartphones, its Google Home app has had over 100+ million downloads, and it has a 4.1-star rating for unmatched convenience and utility. Alexa has 10+ million downloads and a 3.4-star rating.
On those fronts, at least in Australia, Google Home is well ahead.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G may be Australia’s first 5G smartphone
While the LGV50 ThinQ 5G is LG’s first 5G smartphone (and it looks very impressive), it may well be the first 5G handset to sell in Australia with a launch planned for 4 June.
The unique selling proposition of this device is an optional clip-on AMOLED dual screen (GadgetGuy overview here).
What we know is that it uses a Qualcomm SD855 powered device and the Qualcomm X50 5G modem. It has a 4,000mAh battery, tri-rear camera, dual front camera and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers.
The specs look great, and LG has always made excellent quality and high-performance V-series flagships. Price – single screen will start around $1999, and the optional screen will add a few hundred more.
If you want to know more about 5G in Australia read our brief guide here.