It seems that everyone is developing a mobile payments system these days, Apple has the imaginatively named Apple Pay, Google is hopefully bringing Android Pay to market before the end of 2015, and we have Samsung with its own take, also imaginatively called Samsung Pay. You’ve probably read about Samsung Pay undergoing a trial in Samsung’s native South Korea, where it was well-received. Today, we have news that a beta-program for Samsung Pay is rolling out in the US ahead of its official September 28th launch.
If you’re eager to pick up Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 with LTE connectivity, you’ll be able to order one through AT&T starting September 4th. Like all other carrier enabled tablets, hardware will be identical to the WiFi-only model, but it will be able to be activated on a carrier’s network as well.
The Tab S2 will be available on AT&T’s tablet installment plan for $30 a month, or $499 with a two-year contract. Read more
Following the introduction of the G Pad II 8.0 in South Korea last week, LG has today announced that it will unveil a 10.1-inch variant of the tablet during its press conference at the annual IFA trade show in Berlin next month.
With the tablet market cooling off so much recently, companies are starting to look for niches where special purpose tablets may make sense. One of those companies is Acer which announced plans to produce a tablet device that targets gamers. The only device on the market now that really focuses on the gaming market is the NVIDIA Shield. Acer hopes to capitalize on interest from gamers with the Acer Predator 8 tablet. Read more
A new report indicates Samsung has a new tablet device codenamed Tahoe that is in the works that will be equipped with an 18.4-inch HD display. Unlike 2014 when Samsung made it a point to work on the tablet market, they have quietly been working on new models in 2015 like the Galaxy Tab E, the Galaxy Tab A, and the Galaxy Tab S2. This new super-sized tablet could join the ranks in Samsung’s portfolio this year. Read more
There are a lot of Android phones and tablets roaming the world — each has its own identity and offers a different experience. Most people, though, never get to enjoy Android in its cleanest form because Google does not sell and promote Nexus devices with large scale. Google relies upon consumers finding Nexus devices on their own compared to Samsung, LG, and HTC spending millions of dollars on marketing to get noticed. So have you ever wanted to get a Nexus phone or tablet but the price turned you off? Then head over to Talk Android Deals because that’s where you can win both a Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 for free.
Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to its carrier-branded variant of the second-generation Nexus 7. In addition to the latest consumer build of the open-source operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the device’s ever-so-scary Stagefright vulnerability.
Earlier today, ASUS quietly launched a new variant of the ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA). This latest version is almost identical to the original. However, there are two alterations, which are both memory-related; the first being an increased amount of internal storage up to 64GB, and the other an extra two gigabytes of RAM, bumping the total up to 4GB.
Sony has uploaded a new set of operating system binaries for their first 64-bit devices based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The new files will work on the Sony Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Xperia Z4 Tablet WiFi. All of these devices are based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. With these files uploaded to the Sony AOSP for Xperia web site, the custom ROM community will be able to more easily produce customized, AOSP based ROMs. Read more
The school year is almost upon us, if it hasn’t started already for some districts! To sweeten up the new school year, T-Mobile is giving away the Alacatel OneTouch Pixi 7 tablet with the purchase of any qualifying tablet data plan.