Google is rolling out a new feature to enable users to connect music streaming service Spotify to the Google Clock app and wake up to their favourite playlists and songs.
“This works for both free and premium Spotify users. You can browse recently played music, choose from Spotify’s curated morning playlists or search for a specific soundtrack,” Rui Song, Product Manager, Pixel Essential Apps, Google, wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.
To avail this feature, the latest versions of Spotify and Clock apps should be installed on user’s devices.
“This feature will be rolling out globally this week on the Play Store and will be available on all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above,” Song added.
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said that his “greatest mistake ever” was the company losing on the Android opportunity, which has costed Microsoft nearly $400 billion and made Google the real winner.
In an interview during an event hosted by venture capital firm Village Global, Gates revealed that the mistake was to allow Google to develop Android and not creating a profitable model themselves, reports TechCrunch.
“In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” Gates told Eventbrite cofounder and CEO Julia Hartz.
“If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 per cent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G (Google) to company M (Microsoft),” he emphasised.
Google acquired Android for just $50 million in 2005. The original iPhone came out in 2007 and the first Android device was released in 2008.
Android today has 85 per cent of the smartphone OS market and Microsoft Windows OS-based devices are nowhere to be seen.