Codenames hooked while fishing for Pixel 2 devices?

Google has already revealed they plan to release new premium smartphones later this year as the successor devices to the Pixel and Pixel XL. Not much else is known about how Google may equip these devices, but Internet sleuths are hard at work trying to find clues and leaked information. The latest comes to us via the Android Open Source Project Gerrit and is combined with some knowledge from an inside source pointing to the codenames for the Pixel 2 devices.

Samsung to bring monthly updates to unlocked Galaxy phones

Fragmentation is word too often associated with the Android ecosystem and arguably one of the biggest issues plaguing Google and its hardware partners. Delays not only in operating system updates, but also with crucial security patches can quickly make what felt like a shiny new flagship device feel outdated and left behind. Now there is some good news at least for owners of unlocked Samsung Galaxy phones as the South Korean company will now commit to monthly updates on those devices.

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Gmail now lets you send and receive money within emails

The days of splitting bills, swapping physical cash, and using separate cards are gone. Now people just fire up apps like Venmo or Square Cash to pay each other for different things. Well, a very popular Google-owned service is getting into the person-to-person mobile payments race. So you have yet another option to get yourself covered and avoid having people track you down to pay them back.

Beginning today, you can send and receive money through emails on Gmail. It’s as simple as sending an attachment.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a steep price tag as pre-orders go live

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S2 that was available in both 8 and 9.7-inch sizes, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S3 at MWC 2017 in Barcelona in a 9.7-inch size only, with an S Pen included with every unit. With the Galaxy Tab S3 boasting a metal and glass construction and high-end specifications such as the 9.7-inch Super-AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, 32GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM, it was fairly obvious that the tablet would also sport a premium price. Join us after the break to find out just how much you can expect to pay for the Galaxy Tab S3.

Tag Heuer announces the highly customizable Connected Modular smartwatch

Tag Heuer was one of the first manufacturers to really try and push the idea of a smartwatch that was still a high-end fashion accessory, and for the most part, they succeeded. They’re following up that success with a new watch that’s still very premium, but also offers customization options that we’ve never seen from an Android Wear device before.

New images reveal Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher and icons

As we inch closer to the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 we expect more bits of information about what Samsung has planned to continue to trickle out in the form of leaks and rumors. The latest is a set of images that claim to show the overall look of the Galaxy S8 launcher and app icons. Samsung’s user interface, including the launcher, has been panned and praised throughout the years as it moved from TouchWiz to Nature UX. The latest version, rolling out with Android 7.0 Nougat, is called Samsung Experience and the Galaxy S8 appears to continue on that path.

Do-nothing Google Carrier Services hits the Play Store

A mysterious app from Google has surfaced in the Play Store and odds are pretty good it may be updating itself to your Android device over the next several days. The app is called Carrier Services and despite the lack of any apparent actual functionality, it does point to Google continuing a trend of unbundling operating system components out to individual apps. The question probably remains as to whether this is part of a shell for some piece of Android getting ready to move out of the operating system or whether it is an entirely new component.

Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook sat down for dinner last week, and we’re all dying to know what they talked about

We all know that Google and Apple are rivals. Both are involved in the same industries and release competing products, but their leaders don’t let fierce competition ruin a healthy personal friendship. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for dinner last week in California to chat about things we only wish we knew.