Nokia has renamed its music streaming service as "MixRadio" and released an updated app for its Lumia phones; while an update is issued to Asha 501, bringing WhatsApp on the platform.

Nokia released an update of Nokia Music app for Lumia smartphones – based on Windows Phone 8 — that allows users to access its music streaming service. Not only, the Finnish company has introduced new features in this release, but also changed the moniker from Nokia Music to Nokia MixRadio to highlight core features more clearly.

To celebrate the launch of the new app, Nokia is organizing an event in New York today.

Nokia MixRadio inherits all the functionality from its previous version, with more than 20 million songs catalog. The update bumped the version to 4.0, which offers eight hours of music to play offline without commercials. While, the premium version with unlimited downloads costs $3.99 per month.

The v4.0 adds other interesting features, and one of the novelties is Play Me that’s a unique musical mix-up as par user’s profile. To create this custom radio station, users can use the “Thumbs Up” and “Thumbs Down”, similar to Pandora. The playlists can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, via email or SMS. In addition to rebranding, the app has been overhauled, addressing several bugs.

The Nokia Music site is no longer available and has been replaced with mixrad.io. The Finnish Company also published an update app on Windows store. Nokia MixRadio is available in 31 countries exclusively for those who own a Nokia Lumia smartphone.

Moreover, there’s good news for Nokia Asha 501 users. The Asha platform has just received a software update – announced during Nokia World 2013 — for its Asha 501, which introduces several new features and allows users to install the well-known instant messaging client, WhatsApp.

WhatsApp client comes preinstalled on the latest Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 (on sale later this year), allows you to send messages using the 2G or Wi-Fi connection, thus saving your penny and keep you in touch with friends and family.

In addition to basic features, the app shows on-screen notifications for incoming messages. It’s seamlessly integrated with Fastlane — the second home screen of the Nokia Asha 501, allowing quick access to your favorite apps and content — and displays its tasks on it.

In terms of privacy, the user can decide which app to show updates on the Fastlane and the type of notification (detailed or icon) on the Lock screen.

Watch the video on how to update your Asha phone Over the Air (OTA)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkNID_N8AMM

After installing the update, the WhatsApp launcher will appear on the home screen. In the coming days, a standalone client will also be available on the Nokia Store.

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