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Samsung has announced the official Chelsea FC app for Android/bada devices, which will offer users real-time information and content from matches across the Barclays Premier League, The FA Cup, Carling Cup and UEFA Champions League.

Samsung Electronics, a sponsor of Chelsea Football Club, has introduced the Android/bada version of the Official Chelsea FC Application. The announcement comes at a fortuitous moment, as the football world still absorbs the shock 1-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg by unfancied Chelsea over Barcelona – described by commentators before the match as the “best Barcelona team ever””.

Samsung has launched the highly anticipated application to ensure fans get to enjoy a richer football experience through their smartphones. The application was developed as part of Samsung’s long-standing relationship with Chelsea Football Club.

The free application can be downloaded in 122 countries via www.samsungapps.com.

The Official Chelsea FC Application will provide a better mobile experience in receiving real-time information and content from matches across the Barclays Premier League, The FA Cup, Carling Cup and UEFA Champions League.

Key features include:

· Daily video content

· Live match Рtext commentary, team line-ups, stats, plus scores from live matches

· Fixtures Рwith the ability to allow you to add the fixtures directly to your calendar

· Results and League table

· Player profiles

· Club info and history

· My Chelsea Рmakes navigation simple, you can have all your favourite app content in one area

· Wallpapers and Charts

In addition, fans that pay for a Chelsea TV subscription will get additional access exclusively to match highlights, live audio match commentary and premium clips.

Mr. Sunny Hwang, Vice President and Head of Global Sports Marketing at Samsung Electronics said: ‚We are very pleased to offer this Official Chelsea FC Application to football fans. This initiative is meaningful in that the sponsor and the club work together to bring the fans closer to the sport. Leveraging its smart technologies, Samsung will continue to contribute to enriching fans’ experience and passion, which is the consistent focus of our football sponsorship.‚

Jerry Newman Head of Digital Marketing and CRM, Chelsea Football Club said: ‚Chelsea FC and Samsung continue to set the benchmark in sports sponsorship. Developing platforms to allow closer engagement with Chelsea fans all over the world is at the forefront of our strategy and we are delighted that Samsung share the same vision.‚

Concludes Deon Liebenberg, MD of Samsung South Africa: ‚At Samsung, we are aware of the fact that there are many avid football fans that follow this football league in South Africa, and what better way to be right in the action with this app! We are once again diversifying the content we bring to the local market.‚

For more information, please visit www.samsungapps.com and the Samsung Apps Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SamsungApps.

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YouTube Music announces Smart Downloads, SA playlists

The service has introduced Smart Downloads which takes allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically.

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The latest updates from YouTube Music, for subscribers of its Music Premium and Premium services, include a new feature that allows users to switch seamlessly between a song and its music video for an uninterrupted experience.

It has also introduced Smart Downloads which takes the work out of downloading music, allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically. YouTube Music has also announced new playlists for South Africa. 

The updates all reflect features that are popular on the global leader in music streaming, Spotify, and that have been key to its growth.

YouTube said in a statement on Friday: “Imagine listening to a new track by your favourite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch the music video – no pauses, no interruptions, just a simple tap that keeps the music flowing. This standout new feature from YouTube Music allows YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers to make a seamless transition between a song and its music video for uninterrupted listening and/or watching. Whether you’re in the mood for listening or watching (or a little of both)… it’s all here – no app switching required.”

With Smart Downloads, YouTube Music automatically saves music at night, when connected to Wi-Fi, helping subscribers to use less mobile data, enjoy a smoother updating experience and save up to 500 songs offline using Liked Songs playlist as well as other playlists and albums. 


Previously, music lovers could use the Offline Mixtape feature to download up to 100 songs, specifically chosen for them based on what they listened to most on the platform. Now, with Smart Downloads, they select the number of songs they would like automatically downloaded by toggling their YouTube Music Settings. This means YouTube Music Premium subscribers with Smart Downloads enabled on their mobile devices can now access hundreds of tracks regardless of connectivity. 

This feature is currently available on Android, with plans to bring it to iOS in the future.

Click here to read more about YouTube Music playlists, and find out what is inside them.

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Warriors of Waterdeep RPG gets mobile launch

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Top game developer Ludia has announced the global launch of Warriors of Waterdeep, a mobile turn-based RPG game, based on the ever-popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise for the App Store and Google Play Store. This release marks the first partnership between Ludia and Wizards of The Coast, leaders in fantasy role-playing games.

In Warriors of Waterdeep, players will need to summon a team of heroes as the great city of Waterdeep is threatened by powerful dark forces. Players will need to take their heroes into battle against monsters from the Forgotten Realms in tactical, turn-based combat. Level up and upgrade your heroes with free daily chests, and win rewards in exciting limited-time events.

“We are excited to bring the Dungeons & Dragons experience to mobile devices,” said Alex Thabet, CEO of Ludia. “We believe fans of the franchise will find Warriors of Waterdeep stays true to the spirit of Dungeons & Dragons with challenging storylines and innovative turn-based gameplay.”

Warriors of Waterdeep will launch with a real-time Player-vs-Player (PvP) mode. Take on teams of four in order to earn trophies, collect rewards and unlock new arenas. Rewards improve with every arena level up, to further improve your team of heroes.

Warriors of Waterdeep is now available to download for free, with in-app purchases, on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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