According to a report from Electronic Times, Samsung’s next smartwatch will include NFC, so mobile payments will be possible. One of Apple Watch’s best features is the ability to use the device for mobile payments using NFC, so should Samsung use Samsung Pay in the same way, a similar experience could be expected. While Samsung Pay’s big draw is the ability to pay at all credit card terminals instead of just NFC, just the ability to pay from a watch is still a great feature.
The current target release for Samsung’s new watch is the second half of the year, so we’ll see all the device has to offer in a few months.
Via: Droid Life
Nest is planning on holding a press conference on June 17, when we may hear about new products the company will be introducing. Right now, the Google-owned home automation company only has a thermostat and smoke detector in their product lineup, in addition to the rights to security camera company Dropcam.
There’s no additional info besides the fact that they are actually holding the press conference, so stay tuned to TA on June 17 to hear more.
Source: The Verge
A lot of people are still waiting for their phones to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. Owners of the 2014 Moto X on TELUS – your wait is over. According to user fortunerazor on Moto X’s Reddit page, the TELUS 2014 Moto X has begun receiving a hefty system update that is Android 5.0.
If you’re receiving the update, which is 575.7 MB, let us know how the process goes in the comments.
Google has just posted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Until now, the only images that were available were for the 2012 Nexus 7. The build number on today’s images is the same as last month’s LRX22G. Google hasn’t posted any change log, but we aren’t expecting big changes in the new firmware.
The images are available on Google’s developer site and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can check out our guide on installing factory images here, and download the image via the source link below.
Source: Google Developers
A new variant of Samsung’s hit phablet line, the Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE, is set to launch in South Korea by mid-January. It’ll have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC and a large 5.7-inch display to go along with a downlink of up to 300Mbps , and will be made available for major Korean carriers in SK Telecom (SM-N916S) and Olleh (SM-N916K).
This is the third variant to the device, along with the Exynos (7 Octa) and Snapdragon (805) versions. This release is only in Korea, at least for now.
There’s some more good post-holiday news for Google. Amazon’s latest report shows that the top three spots in laptop sales on their website are all taken by Chromebooks.The top seller was the 11.6-inch Acer C720, followed by the 13.3-inch ASUS C300 Chromebook, and the second-generation HP Chromebook 11. The figures cover the period of November 1 and December 19, 2014.
That’s not all. Google’s Chromecast was the second best selling item on Amazon, placing second to Amazon’s own Fire TV stick, which has become Amazon’s fastest selling device of all time.
Source: OMG Chrome!
Phablets with styluses haven’t really been popular, aside from Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. That’s not stopping LG from reportedly trying their hand at it. According to sources in Asia, the LG G4 will adopt a phablet format and also include a stylus. Everything’s not completely clear, as this could be instead a new G Pro or a new G Stylus.
According to previous information, the G4 will have a 5.3 inch screen, with a Quad HD resolution, an ultra narrow frame design and a Snapdragon 810 64 bit processor, as well as 32 or 64 GB of storage. In addition, LG will include 4 GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera, as well as a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for more information.
Source: GSM Dome
Google is currently running a sale on music for the end of the year that includes deep discounts on a multitude of albums. They include music from artists past and present, ranging from Michael Jackson to Jason Aldean to deadmau5. A few of the albums are even as low as $1.99. You can check out the sale via the source link below.
Source: Google Play Store
As they do at the end of every year, Google is listing their “Best Apps of 2014” list. There are some obvious favorites, including IFTTT, SwiftKey, and Sunrise, in addition to some that you may have not heard of. Of the 64 apps on the list, only 7 are not free.
Check out the entire list via the link below.
Source: Google Play
Here’s another Cyber Monday deal for you, this time for one of the best Android smartphones on the market. Best Buy is offering the LG G3 at just $1.00 with a two year contract. The deal is available for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, for Metallic Black, Silk White, and Blue variants of the device.
As always with these deals, there’s no guarantee how long it will last, so if you’re interested, hop on quick. You can see the devices on Best Buy’s website via the source link below.
Source: Best Buy
Amazon’s having their Thanksgiving sale scattered through the week, and it’s the Nexus 9’s turn. Amazon is slashing prices of all of the models of the tablets by $50, bringing the price of the 16 GB version to $349.99, and the 32 GB version to $429.99. Both have free shipping with Amazon Prime.
You can check out the deal via the Amazon source link below.
Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is out and public, the bugs will pop up. The newest one deals with an issue between the new flashlight toggle in the quick settings, and the camera. Apparently, if you turn on the flashlight in quick settings and leave it on until it times out, you will not be able to use either the flashlight, or the camera until you reboot. This bug has been spotted on the Nexus 5, but it’s unclear whether it’ll pop up on other devices as well.
This will surely be fixed in the next OTA update, but until then, it’s worth noting to remember to turn off the flashlight when you’re done using it.
Source: Android Police
Motorola Spotlight has been one of the phone manufacture’s most under utilized apps. Until now, the animation viewer that lets you control the camera only had one new story, but they’re soon coming out with a new “Duet” short. It’s based on the Oscar-nominated short of the same name, after the company teamed up with director Glen Keane., who is a former Disney animator.
The Spotlight story will follow Mia and Tosh as they grow from babies to adults, and (obviously) fall in love. It’s not available quite yet, as its hyped as coming soon, but download the update via the link below and check it out when it’s released. Also check out the preview video past the break.
Google’s YouTube app for Android has been updated, coinciding with the launch of their new music streaming service. The new update adds a new tab to the interface labeled “Music,” which gives you mixes based on your listening history and preferences. There are also playlist recommendations, ranging from pre-made playlists to personalized playlists based on your history.
You can check out the updated app by downloading from the link past the break.
Robinson Cano has signed with a new team – but not in the field you think. The Seattle Mariners 2nd baseman has signed a multi-year partnership with HTC America to be a brand ambassador for the tech company. According to Cano, “HTC is a natural fit for me because they always want to be the best at what they do,” Cano said. “Their products are great for me because I’m always on the road and I need my phone to work as hard as I do.”
His duties as a brand ambassador will be to promote the HTC brand, but no specifics on his role have been given just yet.
Source: PR Newswire