Apps

Google is shutting down its Trips app for mobile phones, but is incorporating much of the functionality from the service into its Maps app and Search features, according to a statement from the company.

Support for the Trips app ends today, but information like notes and saved places will be available in Search as long as a user signs into their Google account.

To find attractions, events and popular places in a geography, users can search for “my trips” or go to the new-and-improved Travel page in Google.

Google announced changes to their Travel site in September 2018, which included many of the features that had been broken out into the Trips app. So now the focus will be on driving users back to Travel and to include more of the functionality in Google’s dominant mapping and navigation app.

Soon users will be able to add and edit notes from Google Trips in the Travel section on a browser and find saved attractions, flights and hotels for upcoming and past trips.

In Maps, searching a destination or finding specific iconic places, guide lists, events or restaurants can be done by swiping up on the “Explore” tab in the app.

Tapping the menu icon will now take users to places they’ve saved under the “Your Places” section. And soon the maps app will also include upcoming reservations organized by trip and those reservations will be available offline so a user won’t need to download them.

Apps, Companies

You can now try Spotify Premium free for three months rather than one, giving you longer to sample the service and decide if it’s right for you.

The new 90-day trial isn’t a limited-time offer – according to Spotify, it’s here to stay. “Beginning August 22, eligible users will receive the first three months on us for free when they sign up for any Spotify Premium plan,” the company said.

You can now try Spotify Premium free for three months rather than one, giving you longer to sample the service and decide if it’s right for you.

The new 90-day trial isn’t a limited-time offer – according to Spotify, it’s here to stay. “Beginning August 22, eligible users will receive the first three months on us for free when they sign up for any Spotify Premium plan,” the company said.

“You’ll unlock a world of on-demand access to millions of hours of audio content – no matter when you sign up, winter, spring, summer, or fall.”

The new trial is available now for individual and student plans, and Engadget reports that subscription prices will remain the same once the free period ends: $9.99/£9.99/AU$11.99. Duo and Family plans will get the trial period soon.

Free for all

It’s no coincidence that Spotify’s 90-day premium trial matches that offered by Apple Music, as it looks to lure listeners away from its main rival.

Competition between music streaming services has really heated up in recent months, with Apple commissioning exclusive podcasts to make its aural offering more appealing, Spotify signing a deal with EE that means music streaming doesn’t count towards subscribers’ data usage, and Amazon making Amazon Music playlists playable on Echo speakers free of charge.

This rivalry is great news for consumers, and it’s well worth keeping an eye on what each of the providers is offering to make sure your subscription is still the best one for you.