While showcasing the latest flagship Yutopia, Yu also shed light on how it has been focusing on the content part with its recent investments in several companies.
With Around Yu, the company has launched an integrated discovery platform that enables users to look for services such as cabs, mobile booking and shopping among others through a single window. Another interesting announcement Yu made in this regard was tie-up with Gaana under which it is offering six months of free downloads from the music streaming service.
The concept of Gaana as default player is similar to Apple Music on iPhones. As you launch the application, you will notice the Yu branding on the banner. The interface is very similar to the original Gaana application. Since Yu is offering six months of free trial, you can upgrade to Gaana+. You can also choose the Sound Quality from automatic, HD, High, Medium and Low depending upon available connectivity you have.
Gaana has also been integrated with Yu’s built-in equalizer, which you can access through the Settings within the app. The Yu Yutopia gives the option to choose between AudioFX and AudioFX with DTS Sound. For more better music experience, the smartphone comes bundled with Little Bird in-ear headphones from House of Marley.
When the headphones plugged in, you can customize the audio from a slew of modes – normal, classical, dance, flat, folk and heavy metal among others. You can also pump up the bass as well. For more balanced audio, you can switch to the AudioFX with DTS Sound.
The Gaana music player runs smooth on the Yutopia. Since I am already an Gaana member, I could access my old songs within the app. So far, the headphones from the House of Marley is quite impressive.
Since Gaana is the default music player it doesn’t mean you cannot play songs you have downloaded. You can play your existing music files by tapping on ‘My Music’ on the banner, and then ‘Music on my phone’.
Overall, Gaana is quite fluid on the Yutopia. Yu’s bet on Gaana is quite interesting as the concept is relatively new for the non-iOS land. Gaana, as an app, needs slight improvement, especially in terms of search functionality. If you don’t like Gaana, you can always download other third party music streaming apps. Just that you may miss out on the six-month unlimited free subscription.