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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Apple Music, Google Photos and a Foldable Phone from Samsung (perhaps)
Let's start with Apple's new music streaming service, Apple Music, which is expected to be unveiled next week according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. It's thought that there will be a charge of US$10 a month for unlimited listening and it will have similarities with Spotify but without the option to listen for free. However Apple Music will offer some attractive looking radio channels which are due to be hosted by well-known DJs and artists and are likely to appeal to a wide audience. There will be more information on the new Apple Music service as soon as the official details are revealed.
Talking on new online services, if you're looking for somewhere to store all those photos building up on your smartphone and digital camera then it's well worth checking out a great new service from Google called Google Photos (see above). Its super fast to upload your photos to and you can also quickly look for specific photos using the search function rather than having to trawl manually through reams of images. It also features some handy editing tools such as an auto-enhance button. The Google Photos app is free and offers unlimited photo and video storage and will be available on both Android and iOS.
Also new from Google is a more family friendly Google Play store. The idea is to make it easier for parents and children to find apps, films, games and videos which are suitable for children to access. You can now search through apps designed for a certain age range and age ratings are displayed using star badges. Popular children's characters such as Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse and Frozen will also get their own dedicated pages to make it easier to find related content. There will also be information to advise if an app contains advertising as well as details of any in-app purchases.
And finally, recent rumours have been circulating concerning the possibly development of a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with a foldable screen. Apparently code-named 'Project V', the handset could feature a dual-foldable screen. The speculation is that the project is in its early infancy so details are sketchy and it's impossible to tell at this stage if the smartphone will come to fruition. Samsung have said in the past that they are hoping to launch some type of foldable smartphone by next year so watch this space for more as we get it.