Google details Android TV facelift, but does it matter?

Almost one year ago, Talk Android‘s Justin Herrick made a bold prediction that by the end of 2017, Android TV would be dead. At Google I/O 2017, Google mentioned a facelift for the platform and today they released more details about the redesigned user interface and how it will help open up the platform for developers. Will it be enough to save the platform from the dustbin of failed Google experiments or just a last gasp at life?

Samsung Gear 360 goes on sale on Thursday, May 25th

When Samsung held their big launch event for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, most of the attention was on those smartphones. However, they were not the only hardware announced by Samsung that day. The company also revealed their second generation Gear 360 camera. At the time, pricing and a release date were not announced and news about the device has been non-existent since then. Today Samsung announced the camera will go on sale on Thursday, May 25th, through the Samsung store, major retailers and wireless carriers. Pricing has been set at $229 for the camera, though a special offer exists to grab it for only $49.

T-Mobile bumps up deprioritization limit to 32GB

Back in March, T-Mobile updated their deprioritization limit from 28GB to 30GB. Now, only a couple months later, T-Mobile is making another adjustment to the limit by raising it to 32GB. If you are not familiar with deprioritization, this means T-Mobile may throttle your connection speeds if you have used over 32GB of data in a month and you happen to be connected to a congested tower. Once a tower is no longer congested or you move and connect to a different tower, speeds will return to normal 4G LTE speeds.

OnePlus confirms Snapdragon 835 for OnePlus 5

One of the next highly anticipated flagship devices poised to hit the market this summer is the OnePlus 5. Early rumors suggest OnePlus has decided to try to go toe-to-toe with industry heavyweights like LG and Samsung by giving the new device all the best components. We are still waiting for the big reveal on just what will be included, but the company has confirmed the OnePlus 5 will come equipped with the Snapdragon 835 processor.

LeEco layoffs affect 325 employees, pauses U.S. expansion amid financial crisis

It could be months before we see what’s next for LeEco. It might even be 2018 by the time we see anything new. With its cash spent and little revenue coming in, the company announced today its expansion in the United States is on hold indefinitely. Hundreds of employees have been laid off while the entire pipeline of products is frozen until financing for the future can be secured.

Russia added to list of countries where Android Pay is available

Today Google announced Russia has become the 11th country where Android Pay is available for use. In their announcement, Google goes over all of the basics about Android Pay including things like how to use it with your device via NFC at a physical retailer or using the Android Pay button with online retailers. Like other countries, Android Pay also requires a participating bank for the source of funds and merchants need a participating payment processor. Like other countries, users can also add their loyalty cards to the app for easy access.