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SiriusXM plans to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Pandora has largely been overshadowed by Spotify in the world of music streaming, but it's still alive and kicking. Back in August, Pandora Premium support was finally added to Google Assistant, and T-Mobile began giving customers a year of Pandora Plus. Now the company has been acquired in an all-stock transaction by SiriusXM, valued at approximately $3.5 billion.

If you're not familiar with SiriusXM, it's a broadcasting company primarily known for its satellite radio stations.

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SiriusXM plans to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm won’t be buying NXP, set to pay $2 billion termination fee

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Starting all the way back in 2016, Qualcomm set its sights on purchasing NXP. Both being huge semiconductor companies operating in overlapping fields, there was some question of consumer benefit and market competition if the deal went through. EU regulators expressed some concern before relenting, and back in June Chinese regulators were said to be ready to grant their own blessings. Turns out, China's enthusiasm may have been overstated, as Qualcomm is set to terminate the NXP acquisition based on the continued absence of regulatory approval from the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), presumably as a result of the ongoing trade tensions between the it and the US.

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Qualcomm won't be buying NXP, set to pay $2 billion termination fee was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon has purchased smart security company Ring for a reported $1 billion

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Amazon has just purchased Ring, a company most famous for its smart doorbells. The cost? A reported $1 billion according to Reuters, making this one of Amazon's largest acquisitions in history. Ring will likely be kept as an independent business, though its products will likely see integration with Amazon's own.

Spokespersons from both Ring and Amazon have confirmed the deal. Ring was last valued at $760 million, having raised $209 million thus far, according to Pitchbook.

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Amazon has purchased smart security company Ring for a reported $1 billion was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pokémon GO developer Niantic just bought an AR backend company called Escher Reality

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Pokémon GO is the poster child for augmented reality. Niantic didn't make quite as big a splash with its first AR game, Ingress, but our collective millennial Pokémon-themed childhood ensured that the company's second effort had a very different reception. Now Niantic looks to be making an investment for the future, as it's just purchased Escher Reality, a startup specializing in backend (read: multiplayer) solutions for VR. 

This acquisition was a very smart move for Niantic.

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Pokémon GO developer Niantic just bought an AR backend company called Escher Reality was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

MX Player reportedly being purchased by Indian media company Times Internet for $200 million

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Most of us using Android are probably familiar with MX Player. It's one of the highest rated video playback apps on the Play Store, with a tremendous 100 million to 500 million downloads. According to a report published by The Ken, the app has just been acquired for $200 million by the Times Internet, a large Indian media company. 

MX Player was developed by J2 Interactive, which doesn't seem to have much of a presence online. So far neither the MX Player site nor the official MX Player forum at XDA has been updated to reflect any of this information.

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MX Player reportedly being purchased by Indian media company Times Internet for $200 million was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile completes purchase of Layer3 TV

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Near the end of last year, T-Mobile announced that it was buying Layer3 TV, an online television provider. T-Mobile said that it wanted to "un-carrier" the TV industry by offering its own service, and purchasing Layer3 was the first step. T-Mobile's acquisition of Layer3 is now complete, according to a press release from today.

The announcement, unfortunately, doesn't have any details about T-Mobile's future TV plans. John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile, said in a statement, "I can’t wait to take the fight to Big Cable and Satellite TV on behalf of consumers everywhere!" The company's new TV team will be led by Jeff Binder, the CEO of Layer3.

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T-Mobile completes purchase of Layer3 TV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Discogs adds in-app purchasing to its latest beta

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

If you're big into vinyl (records), then you probably recognize the name Discogs. If you aren't, it's a music marketplace for cataloging your collection and buying new albums. And, today, Discogs has released a beta that allows you to make purchases from inside the Android app itself. 

The full changelog for v1.17 (this latest beta) is just below.

WHAT'S NEW
Many Marketplace improvements!
- Create purchases inside the app.
- View and manage your cart.

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Discogs adds in-app purchasing to its latest beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Apple confirms it is buying Shazam

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Last week, a report from TechCrunch claimed that Apple was about to buy Shazam for an unknown amount. For the unacquainted, Shazam is a music-detection app, but the company behind it has been looking into AR and other technologies Apple could be interested in. The buyout has now been confirmed by Apple in a public announcement.

"We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS.

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Apple confirms it is buying Shazam was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend poll: At what point does an app cost too much?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

I've noticed that there are two kinds of people, generally speaking, when it comes to app purchases. Those that consider a couple bucks towards a new app no big deal, and those that wait until the last minute, if ever, to drop a few dollars on a "Pro" version or IAP for a full app. Personally, I jump at the chance to disable ads, add additional features, and support independent developers.

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Weekend poll: At what point does an app cost too much? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Humble Bundle has been acquired by gaming media company IGN

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Anyone who's familiar with gaming, whether it be on PC or mobile, will know what a Humble Bundle is. The premise is that you can purchase a bunch of games with a similar theme on the cheap, all the while feeling good knowing that a portion of the proceedings will go to charity. Humble Bundle, Inc. has just been purchased by IGN, another entity that gamers will probably be familiar with.

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Humble Bundle has been acquired by gaming media company IGN was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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