Google picks up music service PushLife
Google has picked up Canadian music service PushLife, as it continues to look for ways to bolster Android.
PushLife, run by former RIM employee Ray Reddy, is a music platform that pulls desktop-based music collections onto handsets. It can also pull in integrate album art/gig photos, lyrics and other details from the web, and offers Twitter integration, so users can share their musical tastes.
Perhaps most importantly, PushLife allowed users to buy new songs using their phone, with the charge added to their mobile bill.
The PushLife service will be shut down eventually, the company said, but its team will work with Google’s engineers in Canada to build “better mobile applications for all users”.
“We think there’s a lot more work to do in the mobile space, like improving the way applications look and making them easier to use,” PushLife said on its website. “And as Google is driving innovation on the mobile web across a wide variety of areas, we thought joining the company would be a perfect fit.”
Google reportedly paid $25 million for the music firm. PushLife is the third Canadian firm to be bought up by Google in the past year, including UI firm BumpTop, which helped influence the latest version of its mobile OS, Android 3.0.