Amazon Music is heading to your Android TV box

It seems the big tech companies are ready to start being a little friendlier to each other as the holiday season approaches – Apple is flicking the switch to enable Apple Music on Amazon Echo devices, and now Amazon Music is coming to Android TV as well.

As Android Police reports, the app is already live in the Play Store. You can’t actually down and install it yet, but it looks as though Amazon will be pushing it out to the masses in the near future, which means you’ll soon be able to pipe more than two million songs through your Android TV television or set-top box.

This is the basic Amazon Music service that’s provided as part of an Amazon Prime subscription, not the Amazon Music Unlimited service that costs more, has a bigger song selection, and is a genuine rival to the likes of Spotify.

Music on Android TV

Spotify is already available on Android TV as a separate app, and Google Play Music is present too (though not YouTube Music, yet). Missing from the Android TV line-up is Apple Music, so this would give Amazon an advantage for Android TV owners.

As all Android TV devices have built-in Chromecast functionality anyway, it’s not a huge problem to cast music from a bunch of different apps on a phone. However, having a native app for the platform means everything can be operated and controlled on the big screen – and the Amazon Music Android TV interface looks fairly polished.

As yet there’s been no word from Amazon about when the new app might go live, but we’d expect it to be within the next few days. Keep your eyes on the Google Play Store listing if you’re eager to get hold of the app as soon as possible.

  • Android TV: All the products that work with Google’s TV OS

Bon app-étit: the best apps for finding great places to eat

When you find yourself in a new city, whether it’s on holiday with family or friends or on a work trip, the last thing you want is to buy dinner from ‘that place the locals avoid because they all know the person who calls themselves a chef reheats prawns in the microwave’.

The good news is there’s a small army of free smartphone apps that will help you find the best eateries in any town, big or small. Whether you want a blow-out three-course meal, or just want to find the best on-the-go falafel wrap, there’s an app for the job. 

Our guide includes apps you may have heard of, and a few you probably won’t have, offering user reviews, pro reviews and app-based table booking, and even speciality apps to help you track down the places vegans can eat without worrying if there’s meat in the noodle broth.

Dojo

Download: iOS / Android

There are curated food apps, and those that rely on user reviews. Dojo is a fully-curated app, and it doesn’t offer any random family restaurants, or bargain eateries. 

Dojo is about what’s hot, and what’s cool: the places where the people who wear trends that haven’t even appeared in Vogue yet can be found. 

Don’t skip this one if you have an aversion to hipsters, though. Dojo offers some genuinely interesting and worthwhile food suggestions that would never bob to the surface in an app like TripAdvisor. 

It posts reviews of restaurants too, with write-ups just a couple of paragraphs long to keep things snappy.

Time Out

Download: iOS / Android

An institution when it comes to advice on great nights out, Time Out has been around for 50 years now. It covers major cities across the world, and publishes review scores by its own critics and customers. That’s people like us. 

Time Out lets you find new and interesting spots without feeling that you’re in danger of becoming a slave to the latest trends. You can also book tables from within the app. 

It’s not just for restaurants and cafes, though – Time Out is also one of the best resources if you’re looking for something to do before or after dining. 

HappyCow

Download: iOS / Android

HappyCow is dedicated to vegans out there who still struggle to find somewhere that actually serves good vegan food, not just pasta with tomato paste with non-vegetarian parmesan on top. 

HappyCow does have quite a ramshackle design, and a basic layout that won’t win any awards. However, the content is invaluable.

You can search for vegan and vegetarian restaurants, as well as those with veggie options, although if you’re after the latter you might as well use one of the bigger apps. 

The best part is how HappyCow has been embraced by the veggie and vegan community, so you’ll find plenty of user reviews for most locations – just because a restaurant is ‘vegan’ doesn’t mean it’s any good. 

Zomato

Download: iOS / Android

Formerly known as Urbanspoon, Zomato is the ‘other’ big restaurant-finder app, alongside TripAdvisor and Yelp. It’s the least popular of the three, although it has quite a following in India, where the main Zomato team is based. 

Should you use Yelp, Zomato or TripAdvisor? All have very large databases, and while Zomato has the smallest userbase, there’s still enough to fill most restaurant listings with reviews. 

Menus are where Zomato puts in extra effort. Yelp often offers a link to the restaurant’s menu webpage, but Zomato is chock full of actual photos of menus. This is handy for smaller places that may not have a website, or one that hasn’t been updated in the last two years. 

Google Assistant

Many don’t think of this as an app at all, but Google Assistant is one of the best ways to find somewhere nearby to eat – if you have an Android phone, anyway. 

Just typing (or speaking) “pizza”, “Thai” or “curry” into the Assistant interface is enough to get you a whole bunch of nearby suggestions from the great Google database in the sky. 

Listings appear based roughly on the same criteria as TripAdvisor. A closer location and better user reviews will mean you’re more likely to see a restaurant appear. 

Google Assistant wins the prize for sheer quick-fix results. Right at the top you’ll see just a few suggestions rather than the endless lists Yelp and TripAdvisor offer. You’ll see similar results from searching in Chrome or Google Maps, mind – as ever with Google, they’re all linked. 

TripAdvisor

Download: iOS / Android

You probably already know about TripAdvisor. It collates millions of reviews of restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and attractions from around the world. 

Even if you don’t trust totally user-based review systems, there’s fun to be had here reading about the terrible experiences some patrons have had. 

If you’ll need to find nearby restaurants in another country while on holiday, don’t forget that you can download listings for many big cities, which saves you having to risk racking up high roaming charges.

To download a city, type its name into the app search bar and then scroll down its page. You have to flick through a lot of thumbnail images, but you should see a download link with an indication of how much room the city will take up – London, for example, is only 111MB without photos, which is a data bargain.

Yelp

Download: iOS / Android

The major alternative to TripAdvisor, Yelp focuses on locals looking for places to go rather than travelers. The core concept is the same, though, with Yelp powered by user reviews. 

These determine a restaurant’s rating, and written reviews let you look into whether there have been recent rodent sightings, or reports of the “worst service ever” – although a lot of places seem to have that, according to the app’s users. 

A blog-style section makes Yelp feel a little different to TripAdvisor, though. There aren’t Time Out-style articles based on staff picks, but more fast-moving weekly rankings based on the recent reviews of ‘Elite’ Yelp-ers. 

Just Eat

Download: iOS / Android

This UK app is known for its delivery service – it’s perfect for finding local takeaways which don’t have the money or time to create an inviting, professionally-made website. 

You can order for collection from Just Eat too – just select Collection instead of Delivery at checkout. You can even pay with cash, meaning you pay no money through Just Eat at all. This is an established company, though, so don’t shy away from paying with a card. 

Just Eat is a great app for lower-cost, classic takeaway meals, particularly curries, pizza, and Thai and Chinese food.

OpenTable

Download: iOS / Android

This is the premier app for booking tables at restaurants, because so many eateries actually use OpenTable’s system to manage their bookings. 

In TripAdvisor you might search for nearby pizza restaurants, but with OpenTable you can look for places with a table for four available at 7pm. Thanks to that tight integration with the establishment itself, you can often look through the whole menu as you browse too. 

This isn’t quite the best app to get the nitty-gritty on restaurants, though. There is a reviews section, but you don’t get to see ‘candid’ reviews of the food, as seen on TripAdvisor.

Still, if you want to organize an evening without having to worry about finding the restaurant of your choice fully booked, download OpenTable right away. 

  • Brought to you in association with Nokia and Android One, helping you make more of your smartphone. You can learn more about the new Nokia 7.1 here, and you’ll find more great advice on getting the most from your phone here.

Liverpool vs Everton live stream: how to watch today’s Merseyside derby online

A huge day of Premier League football is being topped off by a mouth-watering Merseyside derby clash. It’s the latest chapter in a rivalry that dates back over 120 years and you can live stream Liverpool vs Everton from absolutely anywhere in the world by following the advice in this handy guide.

Liverpool have had the better of this football fixture over its history, and there’s very little reason to think that won’t be the same again when they meet this Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s men are still yet to lose in the Premier League this season and look in no mood to stop steamrollering the opposition – even if it is their cross town rivals.

It won’t exactly be of comfort to Everton fans to note that they haven’t won a Meseyside derby for eight years and that their last win at Anfield came in…wait for it…1999! But Marco Silva has quietly got the Toffees playing with much more organisation this season with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison and co catapulting them up to sixth in the table and smelling blood.

So can Everton cause the first big Premier League upset of the 18/19 season? Or will Liverpool continue their unbeaten run as the teams head towards the busy Christmas period? You can find out by following the instructions in this guide and tuning into a Liverpool vs Everton live stream wherever you are in the world.

And don’t forget to check out our watching guide to the Premier League season, taking care of that stream no matter where you are or what fixture you want to watch. 

Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from anywhere

If you’re in a country that’s not showing a televised Premier League match, or if you’re not by a TV come kick-off time for the big games – don’t sweat. With numerous online channels and, crucially, the option of a VPN service, you can tune into this televised fixture no matter where you are in the world. And best of all, it’s really easy to do: 

How to stream Liverpool vs Everton live in the UK 

How to watch the Liverpool game: US live stream 

How to watch Merseyside derby: live stream in Canada

How to watch Liverpool vs Everton: Australia live stream

How to watch Liverpool vs Everton: New Zealand live stream 

How to live stream Premier League football in India