Samsung’s new streaming video service coming to US Galaxy telephones immediately
Over eight months after releasing Milk, its personal tackle streaming music, Samsung’s unleashing an internet video service within the US referred to as Milk Video. Simply as its music service appeared to tackle rivals like Spotify and Rdio, its film counterpart is just like choices resembling YouTube and Vimeo, with a couple of variations right here and there. A lot of the free app’s content material comes from partnerships like Humorous or Die, Vevo, The Onion and CollegeHumor, and the record of movies is curated by Samsung and positioned into class-particular feeds, similar to tech, comedy and music; you may also arrange your personal private feed that is comprised of stuff you and your mates like. There’s additionally a social facet, in which you’ll be able to comply with manufacturers, customers and teams and see which movies they repost, and you’ll share your favorites on Twitter or Fb.
Appears innocent sufficient — hey, it is a free service, so may as nicely test it out — however the catch is that it’s a must to personal a suitable Samsung smartphone (the Galaxy S3 and better, Observe three and better, Galaxy S III mini and better and the Mega). In case your system is on the listing, you’ll obtain it from the Play Retailer beginning as we speak. This exclusionary strategy makes the app much less engaging, particularly since that is in some ways a brand new social community in which you’ll be able to share and repost your favourite stuff. And Samsung has to discover a approach to persuade customers to modify over from a competing video service to provide Milk a attempt; the corporate guarantees unique content material from its companions, like a pair new collection from Humorous or Die and Pink Bull, nevertheless it’s nonetheless troublesome to seek out a variety of causes to make use of this service over YouTube.
On prime of that, people with capped knowledge plans might want to maintain an in depth eye on their utilization, particularly if streaming video turns into an enormous a part of the commuting expertise. As of but, there is no method to benefit from offline viewing, so it isn’t attainable to easily obtain the movies previous to your commute.
Whereas the Milk music streaming service got here with a artistic round consumer interface, Milk Video includes a scrollable record of movies within the identify of simplicity. Swipe proper to dismiss a video you do not need to see, and swipe left to deliver up sharing, starring and different choices. For those who contact the proper aspect of the display and scroll up or down, you will be taken to an inventory of classes you’ll be able to select from, in addition to the choice to seek for no matter you fancy. There’s additionally an motion button on the highest left nook that sends you to an inventory of customers to comply with.
If completed properly, Samsung has plenty of progress potential via forging new partnerships with video suppliers and getting extra individuals invested within the Milk model. The truth is, the corporate boasts that the app will study and get higher over time as extra individuals use the service and determine what they need to watch. However do we actually want one other streaming video choice, or will Milk Video simply get misplaced within the combine? Time to test it out and see for your self — so long as you have already got a Samsung smartphone, that’s.