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11:30  07 october  2019
11:30  07 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Spotify ditches its Android homescreen widget

Spotify ditches its Android homescreen widget Spotify's latest Android update has riled some of its loyal users. The update removes the homescreen widget from Spotify's Android app. Now, to control functions like play, pause and skip, users must drag down the notification shade. While this may seem like a minor change to some, widgets are a prized Android feature, and nearly 2,000 users have petitioned the widget removal. It's unclear exactly why Spotify removed the widget, but the company seems to have felt its functions were redundant. In a statement, Spotify said, "We always take retiring features in Spotify very seriously. We're pouring our energy into new ways of creating the best experience for our users.

Remote Play will now let you stream games from your console to any Android device running version 5.0 or above. This has actually been a feature Sony added iOS compatibility earlier this year, so the expansion of Android support always seemed likely. Meanwhile, the party chat feature has doubled

“Just download the PS 4 Remote Play App from the Google Play store to use the feature.” Read: 5 best PlayStation emulators for Android . Sony specifically says this is for Remote Play , suggesting that using a Dual Shock 4 for other Android apps isn’t fully supported yet (then again, it is a Bluetooth

Sony has announced version 7.00 of the PlayStation 4’s system software, which centers around updates to Remote Play and party functionality. The update will be available this week.

a hand holding a video game© Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

Remote Play will now let you stream games from your console to any Android device running version 5.0 or above. This has actually been a feature on certain Android phones since 2014, but only ones made by Sony — now there’ll just be a Remote Play app in the Play store for anyone to download. Sony added iOS compatibility earlier this year, so the expansion of Android support always seemed likely.

Meanwhile, the party chat feature has doubled the number of users from eight to 16 and should have better connectivity and audio quality, Sony says. There’s also a new voice-to-text feature that transcribes text and displays it on the PS4 Second Screen mobile app, though it’ll only be available in the US for now. Sony didn’t say whether the feature will come to other regions.

Roku’s new free app lets you control your viewing with your Apple Watch .
Use touch or your voice to see your programsThe Roku app looks, and works, very much like the iPhone and Android apps. It allows you to launch various Roku-based channels (listed in the order of most recently launched), control the cursor on your TV interface, play and pause your videos — in other words, work as an efficient remote control.

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