General Motors’ next generation infotainment system, the new MyLink was intended to bring a bevy of new entertainment, information and lifestyle apps into the Chevy dashboard, all accessible from GM’s own app store.
AppShop never made it into any of GM’s new 4G cars released this summer. Nor did promised apps like NPR, Slacker Radio, Kaliki, or Glympse (the exception is Pandora) roll off the lot along with new GM models.
What happened? Well GM abandoned its strategy of doing it themselves.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both user-interface layers that run on top of automakers’ own infotainment operating systems, essentially projecting a driver-optimized version of popular apps from the smartphone onto the dashboard screen. So instead of downloading a separate version of Spotify or Google Maps for your car, you can use the same app in your phone, interacting with it using the car’s touchscreen controls or buttons.
GM is now basically handing over development of any app that isn’t directly tied to the vehicle’s core driving capabilities over to Apple and Google.
– Apple announces two new iPhones: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen. The iPhone 5s, for comparison, had a 4.0-inch screen.
– The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for a 16GB and will be available on September 19th. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for a 16GB phone and will also be available on September 19th.
– iOS 8 will be available as a free download on September 17th.
– Apple also announces Apple Pay, a new system to let you pay at the register by tapping your iPhone.
– And finally: Apple announces the Apple Watch, with a new control system from the watch’s dial or “crown.” You’ll be able to send messages, talk to Siri, listen to music, and check your pulse.
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Jeff Bezos is ramping up Amazon.com Inc.’s entertainment ambitions, buying video-game service Twitch Interactive Inc. in one of its biggest-ever acquisitions.
Amazon said it’s paying $970 million in cash for the online gathering place for gamers. The deal, which trumped Google Inc.’s pursuit of the startup, is worth about $1.1 billion when including retention-related payouts, said a person familiar with the deal, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
The acquisition gives the Web retailer an online forum of more than 55 million monthly active users, where people discuss games or watch others as they play. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive officer, has made video games a focus of a strategy to add more entertainment services. The company operates a game studio in Seattle and has been luring software developers to build more video-game titles for its Fire TV set-top box, Fire Phone and Kindle Fire tablets.
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon, and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month,” Bezos said in a statement yesterday.
Bezos is spending on other media as well, including $100 million to produce TV shows to watch through Amazon’s Instant Video service, a music-streaming service and a book-subscription plan. Amazon also struck a deal with Time Warner Inc. to carry HBO shows.
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