A little over a month ago word surfaced that Samsung was working on a new version of their Samsung Pay platform that would work on non-Galaxy Android smartphones and would even cross the divide to work on iOS devices. The pending release of the new application appears to have been firmed up a bit with the discovery of a trademark application with the European Union for “Samsung Pay Mini”. Read more
With many users hitting the roads for the Independence Day weekend in the U.S., Google rolled out a couple new changes to their Google Maps app to help people get where they are going and remember all the good times they had there. The new features include the ability to setup multi-stop routes on Android devices, with the feature coming to iOS soon, and the ability to add notes to the Timeline. Read more
By now, most of us have probably used the OK Google command at least once, quite likely using it to find the answer to a question or perhaps for the route to a new destination through Google Maps. But that’s the mere surface of what you can do with the OK Google command, it’s capable of a lot more. A whole lot more, and you can learn how much more by joining us after the break to check out a really useful website that an enterprising young developer has created that holds more than 150 voice commands, with more than a thousand variations. Read more
Sony’s PlayStation Vue is finally ready for use on Android devices in the United States.
Evernote took to its blog to announce a pricing shakeup for its subscription tiers. Evernote Basic, the free tier, is getting some changes as well.
In the latest round of feature additions, Twitter is taking a page out of Snapchat’s playbook and adding the option to put stickers on the photos in your tweets. It seems like most new social media additions these days are chasing Snapchat, but hey, can’t argue with what works.
Twitter’s #Stickers will work like Snapchat’s filters, except they’re applied to pictures and not disappearing photos/videos of your face. You’ll get a rotating set of images every day that you can slap on your image, which should help to spice up what you’re sharing with your followers. The rotating sticker idea will probably help to keep some people drawn in. Read more
The live-streaming hype really got going again at SXSW 2015 when Meerkat and Periscope became the go-to apps for people roaming around Austin, Texas. Over a year later, things have really changed. Meerkat is transitioning to a social network while Twitter’s Periscope has to face a big challenger: Facebook. The social network built by Mark Zuckerberg has Facebook Live, a service that has surprised everyone by becoming the biggest live-streaming service for mobile devices.
Now there’s about to be another competitor in the live-streaming face, and it’s from a familiar name. At VidCon 2016, YouTube announced live-streaming for all.
Google’s YouTube was very busy on the first day of VidCon 2016. The video streaming service renewed four of its YouTube Red Originals series while picking up six newbies.
If you can’t beat them, make them use your software. That strategy has actually worked pretty well for Microsoft in the mobile space, and HTC might be copying those tactics. The company is sending out invites to test Sense Home 8 on non-HTC devices, which is almost unheard of in the Android smartphone market. Read more
Sony’s live television streaming service, PlayStation Vue, is coming very soon to an Android device near you. The company finally revealed when people in the United States with an Android-powered phone or tablet can start streaming everything from their favorite channels to their mobile devices.
Hit the break for details.