(Our CEO Tim Armstrong helps debut HTC One® featuring HTC BlinkFeed™)
Today, HTC unveiled the new HTC One®. It will be available globally next month, and feature HTC BlinkFeed™, part of the new HTC Sense experience. AOL will provide thousands of pieces of content every day, in 5 different languages, that people will be able to 'snack' on every time they use their HTC One.
HTC BlinkFeed brings previously hidden content to the home screen, so you can see the things that are most interesting to you at a glance, without having to launch a series of apps.
AOL has partnered with Nokia to release a new entertainment app for Windows Phone. The app is called Entrance by AOL and it's an entertainment hub that brings together the best celebrity gossip, movie & TV news, free streaming music and movie trailers, with some amazing augmented reality features in a single mobile app.
Windows Phone owners can, with a single application, read about movie, TV and celebrity news form HuffPost Entertainment and AOL Music; stream 55,000 different radio stations from SHOUTcast radio; listen to entire albums of new music for free on CD Listening Party; see show times and purchase movie tickets right inside the app, and even preview trailers or see movie posters simply by holding up your phone at the theater.
Some more of the amazing features in this app are below, and it's available to download here. For a limited time this app is available only on Nokia Windows Phones, but stay tuned for more news about different devices and platforms.
Features available in Entrance by AOL on Nokia Lumia handsets:
Includes a first-of-its-kind Augmented Reality feature enabling users to find cinemas and showtimes playing nearby simply by holding up the Lumia smartphone as theaters, movie posters and showtimes appear overlaid on the world around them
Moviefone integration allows users to view trailers, see nearby showtimes, and purchase movie tickets
Includes entertainment news about movies, celebrities, music and TV from Huffington Post Entertainment and AOL Music
SHOUTcast Radio integration enables streaming from over 55,000 global radio stations
AOL Music and CD Listening Party (CDLP) provide free early access to full length albums from up-and-coming bands, with the option to buy and download
Interlinked user interface allows users to navigate into and out of specific content topics to explore any movie, celebrity or song
Since joining the AOL Technology team over two and half years ago, Andreas Turanski has worked on a variety of different projects – both big and small. But one he's particularly passionate about is creating a tightly-knit engineering culture in New York City that reflects the startup/small company background he came from and embodies a similar experience that already exists in AOL's Dulles campus.
"I wanted to help AOL NYC Engineers from my teams and other teams to get to know each other as a social group and as resources," said Andreas. "I floated the idea to engineers and engineering leaders in a bunch of these teams and virtually everyone liked the idea so I made it one of my missions to kick-off a NYC AOL Engineering mixer. I also talked with the head of the Cultural Ambassador Program that I'm involved with about funding the events." How'd he do? We'll come back to that in a minute.
In his "day" job, Andreas is a Senior Tech Director who works on AOL's Entertainment verticals and sites like Moviefone, AOL Music, Winamp, and AOL HD / AOL ON. Collaborating with the General Managers, Product Managers, and designers of the sites, Andreas and his four engineering teams work to build the best experiences for our users that will make an impact. This includes rebuilding the backend of sites to deliver a more flexible structure to pull in the best, least expensive data providers, a recent win accomplished with the new backend for the AOL Music site and Winamp.
When working on a project, Andreas' main priorities are to create reusable systems with a great and consistent user experience. "We're always trying to make a systems that can be reused by other teams in ways that we don't even envision while making sure we get them delivered quickly. This is often done by having an API (application programming interface) that defines how to access the service that our other groups can use. This makes code more maintainable, so if one thing changes in the background, the front end doesn't have to change. For instance, we're going to re-use the backend that we just built for AOL Music and Winamp as the backend for Moviefone after some enhancements."
An avid cyclist and vegan, Andreas spends much of his time outside of AOL doing non-profit work around causes that promote civil rights and animal protection. Raised in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, Andreas continues to be surprised by the new things he discovers exploring his ever-changing hometown, but it's his son who brings him the most inspiration. "I am continually proud of my son, as I watch and help him grow and develop as an amazing person."
At one point in his AOL career, Andreas ran the AOL Social, Community, & Identity engineering team where they built the current commenting platform and AOL Share. Using his knowledge of the needs from the site side helped inform what was built on the platform side. Andreas continues to dabble in community engagement with his team as they test different programs on their sites like enhancing how we let Moviefone users make events to see specific movies to share with their social circles.
And the mixers? What started out as a gathering of 15 engineers and tech staff has now multiplied into a large community where sharing knowledge while socializing thrives, but Andreas does not plan to stop there. "We'll need to continue working on this and make it a steady part of the NYC AOL Engineering social fabric. Next is to get more teams involved, after which I promised I'd do a shot at the mixer!"
(AOLers, including Chief Technology Officer Curtis Brown (far right), attend a mixer.)
About.com just released a list of "The Top-10 Places to Listen to Free Music Online," and AOL Radio made the list at No. 10. The review calls it "incredibly easy to use and hassle-free" and notes that users can "choose from thousands of their free online radio stations in all kinds of genres and you'll be up and listening to music you love in just a matter of seconds."
AOL Radio features more than 200 free music stations across all genres, including pop, rock, indie, electronic, classical, jazz, urban, country and more. Listen now by visiting http://www.aolradio.com.
In honor of the culmination of our original video series and traveling music program, Signature Sounds, we partnered with the series' sponsor, T-Mobile, for a free Summer Kickoff concert featuring indie pop band fun. Signature Sounds with Allison Hagendorf Presented by T-Mobile highlights the unique culture of great American music destinations and features 12 original video episodes that take users on a tour through legendary music capitols, including Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles.
The concert took place in Los Angeles on June 4th at The House of Blues Sunset. Check out our Storify of the event below: