U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ receive minor software update, includes June 2017 security patch level

It’s the same software update you heard about recently but without the long wait.

With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, you’re getting one of the best Android phones today. Samsung went all-in on design, performance, and software. Not everyone wants to be chained down by a carrier, though. So, like it did in 2016, the company released an unlocked model that’s free to move between networks.

The new Fi Fit Quiz tells you if Project Fi is, well, a fit

You’re not going to choose a wireless plan in the blink of an eye, but you can easily educate yourself on whether or not a particular carrier offers what you want. It’s possible one of the carriers you consider will be Project Fi. To help you know about its sole wireless plan, Google has created the Fi Fit Quiz.

All you have to do is go through a couple of questions and you’ll know if trying Project Fi would be worth your time.

[TA Deals] Snatch this 2-year subscription to Private Access VPN for $60

Your data is valuable, and it’s not just valuable to you. Companies, hackers, and law enforcement all want to get their hands on information about who you are, where you’re from, and what you own. These days it’s wise to have a virtual private network (VPN) service masking your behavior online.

Now you can get two years of access to Private Internet Access VPN for less than you’ll find anywhere else. It’s our featured deal of the day on Talk Android Deals, the official online store for Talk Android.

Google cherry picks former Apple chip designer to develop custom processors

There isn’t too much choice when it comes to choosing a smartphone processor, you either use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon or you go with MediaTek if you can’t produce your own chips like Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. Unless you are Google, which means you can afford to hire an experienced chip architect such as Manu Gulati away from Apple to build your own custom processors.  

PlayLink brings mobile devices into the PlayStation 4’s ecosystem

Your phone is an integral part of your life, and Sony wants to include it in the PlayStation’s environment. But the company is done trying to bring first-party titles to phones and tablets. PlayLink, a new format for the popular brand, aims to merge mobile and traditional gaming.

Sony revealed PlayLink at E3 2017 yesterday along with five launch titles coming soon.

eero launches second generation of home WiFi devices

When it comes to setting up WiFi in a home, especially larger homes, consumers have a couple options. One is to invest in bigger WiFi access points with more antennas in an attempt to push the signal out as far as possible. The other option is to add more access points and create a mesh network where devices can connect to the closest unit. This latter option is one that eero has capitalized on with their product offerings. Today the company announced the launch of their second generation of the eero system which bring an improved base unit, new eero Beacon units, and a subscription service called eero Plus that is described as a “home security system” for your Internet connection.

Grab the Pixel Launcher for any Android phone, no root required

Ever since the Google Now launcher was discontinued, there was no official way to get the Google home screen experience on your Android device short of buying something that used Google’s newer launcher, which is pretty much just the Pixel. The Pixel’s a great phone, don’t get me wrong, but many people prefer other devices for various reasons.

New Zelle P2P payment system to provide new safe, fast platform to move money

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement of a new iMessage based payment processing framework to help Apple’s customers move money from person-to-person, a new bank-backed solution called Zelle was announced by Early Warning Services. The new Zelle system will be available to approximately 86-million mobile banking customers through their bank specific apps. Zelle promises to make it possible to transfer funds from one account to another in a matter of minutes as opposed to current systems that typically take 1-2 days for funds to clear and be available.