Google IO 2016 Coverage

Fitbit scoops up Coin, will likely build mobile payments in fitness trackers

fitbit_blaze_plum_wristMobile payments make sense on wearable technology, which is Fitbit has made a move to purchase Coin. Coin already created a credit card that would take advantage of NFC payments, so adding this technology to a fitness tracker is a natural move.

This purchase was recent, so don’t expect to see NFC payments make their way into any 2016 Fitbits. Beyond that, though? There’s a pretty good chance. Read more

Giveaway: Win a Nexus 6P case from VRS Design!

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Who’s in the mood for a giveaway? Through the rest of this month, we’re co-hosting a giveaway with our friends at VRS Design. The prizes this time around are cases for the Nexus 6P, which is Google’s flagship that represents everything Android is meant to be. We’re giving three lucky winners their own High Pro Shield case from VRS Design that adds both style and protection to your phone. It’s a case that won’t add bulk to your phone despite the multi-layered design with Air Cushion technology.

Hit the break to enter the giveaway!

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[Video] First look at Android Wear’s MODE bands

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Wearing the same watch day in, day out can be a little boring, but if you only have the one watch, what can you do? Luckily, if you have an Android Wear smartwatch you can now change straps, and thus the appearance of the watch, with the recently announced swap-and-switch MODE bands. Justin has got his hands on a couple of MODE bands, which you can see getting unboxed in the video below. Read more

Xiaomi will feature at Google I/O 2016, teaser hints at possible Android TV announcement

Google I/O 2016 doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, but we’ve already seen Google’s new Spaces messaging platform go live yesterday. Among the many rumors that the conference will see the unveiling of Android VR and possibly a headset to go with it, comes a teaser from former Google employee, Hugo Barra, who says that Xiaomi will feature at Google I/O 2016.

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