Google IO 2016 Coverage

Leaked OnePlus 3 specifications include 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820 processor and NFC

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As we head midway into 2016, it’s getting closer to the time when everyone’s favorite upstart handset maker prepares to launch its new flagship killer. Yes, you guessed right, it’s OnePlus. After handing out 30,000 VR headsets a few days ago for its fans to view the upcoming announcement with, the OnePlus 3 leaks have begun in earnest. Earlier today, a certain serial leaker dished up the specifications on OnePlus’s upcoming handsetRead more

Fitbit scoops up Coin, will likely build mobile payments in fitness trackers

fitbit_blaze_plum_wristMobile payments make sense on wearable technology, which is Fitbit has made a move to purchase Coin. Coin already created a credit card that would take advantage of NFC payments, so adding this technology to a fitness tracker is a natural move.

This purchase was recent, so don’t expect to see NFC payments make their way into any 2016 Fitbits. Beyond that, though? There’s a pretty good chance. Read more

Let’s talk about the OnePlus 2’s missing features

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It would be easy to write this and beat OnePlus with its #NeverSettle hashtag, perhaps throwing in ‘And isn’t it ironic…Don’t you think?’ while I’m at it. But I won’t. Instead, let me say, that the OnePlus 2 boasts some high-end components, from the Snapdragon 810 processor, the  3GB/4GB of RAM, the super-quick camera to the 3,300mAh battery. That’s notwithstanding the amazing price of $329 for the 16GB and $389 for the 64GB variants. Fantastic prices, really. But, in reaching those price-points, what features did OnePlus leave out?

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Samsung reportedly offering mobile payments with new smartwatch

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According to a report from Electronic Times, Samsung’s next smartwatch will include NFC, so mobile payments will be possible. One of Apple Watch’s best features is the ability to use the device for mobile payments using NFC, so should Samsung use Samsung Pay in the same way, a similar experience could be expected. While Samsung Pay’s big draw is the ability to pay at all credit card terminals instead of just NFC, just the ability to pay from a watch is still a great feature.

The current target release for Samsung’s new watch is the second half of the year, so we’ll see all the device has to offer in a few months.

Source: Reuters
Via: Droid Life

Samsung Pay coming to Korea, U.S. in second half of 2015

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Yesterday Samsung released their first quarter financial results against a backdrop of a new report showing they had regained the lead as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. After the results were revealed during the company’s conference call, Samsung Electronics’ Managing Director Park Jin-young spent some time discussing the new Samsung Pay platform. He revealed that the service is on track to roll out to Korea and the U.S. in the second half of 2015. Read more

Samsung Electronics talks about their new image sensor and NFC IC

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Samsung seems to always look for ways to further improve their customers user experience with their devices. Yesterday the company announced an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance. According to Samsung’s VP of Systems LSI marketing:

“With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”

The 8MP image sensor will provide much better front facing camera quality with its excellent low light image quality.  BussinessWire goes on to explain how this kind of technology will benefit the user:

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