MixRadio may hit iOS and Android debut as Microsoft sells up
The MixRadio streaming platform is set to graduate from Windows Phone to other mobile platforms after Microsoft announced it has sold the app.
The personalised radio application, developed by Nokia and passed on to Microsoft in the buyout earlier this year, now belongs to the makers of the popular Japanese messaging app Line.
According to the makers of MixRadio, who’re based in Bristol, the app will remain available to Lumia users, while the new paymasters will seek to expand the service beyond the platform.
Head of MixRadio Jyrki Rosenberg said: “We wanted MixRadio to continue to operate with a commitment to constant innovation and aspiration to deliver the best possible mobile-first experience to listeners. Line shares this vision and our passion for simple, personal and fun user experiences in every way.”
The announcement on the Lumia Conversations blog hinted that an iOS and Android rollout could soon follow. The post read: “[The MixRadio Team] will continue to deliver a great service for listeners and with the support of Line begin to expand the service to even more music lovers worldwide.”
The free MixRadio app allows users to create personalised, commercial free radio stations. It features a neat Just Play feature which curates a station from a few of the listener’s favourite artists, while offline playlists are also available.
Microsoft expects the Line deal to be completed in early 2015.
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MixRadio isn’t the only Nokia-build app heading to new pastures. Earlier on Thursday we reported Nokia Here maps would be arriving on iOS in early 2015, while plans for a Windows Phone roll out have been shelved.