This week has been a busy one at What Hi-Fi? as the Bank Holiday weekend kicks off, with HTC's update of their M8 smartphone, along with Google's new music streaming service and LG unveiling their Sonos competitor with the Music Flow all making waves in the hi-fi/AV world this week.
HTC unveils One M8 for Windows
A month ago we reported that HTC had planned to update the flagship M8 smartphone. Well they duly have, with Windows Phone 8.1 revision.
Onboard will be Microsoft's answer to Siri in the form of Cortana, with the same features and user experience found on the Android version imported.
There's no UK release date, but we expect some news on availability outside the US in the near future.
READ MORE: HTC unveils One M8 for Windows
LG announces Music Flow multi-room system
With multi-room functionality proving to be one of the stars of 2014 so far, LG announced that they will be entering the market with its Music Flow system.
The speakers will come in three different sizes (and prices) with the R1 network bridge completing the line-up as the South Korean company looks to take on multi-room giant Sonos.
READ MORE: LG announces Music Flow multi-room system
Google's new streaming service called YouTube Music Key?
More details have emerged on the prospective new service that's believed to be called YouTube Music Key.
Android Police revealed that the service will bundle the YouTube and Google Play Music brands together for a new music subscription-based streaming service.
Reported features for the service will include offline playback and background audio.
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