JPMorgan Chase announced a really cool idea today. Rather than use cash, check, or physical credit card, why not use a single service to substitute for all those methods from a mobile device? Knowing that consumers clearly want this and have never heard of anything like it, the banking giant announced Chase Pay, which will indeed be a mobile payments service that ties into Chase bank and credit card accounts. All kidding aside, this looks like a real dud. Read More
Remember that time you were super jazzed about Hangouts 4.0, and when it finally came out, it wasn't that great? How about when v5.0 began its rollout, and it was basically the same thing, but with working animated GIFs? Version 5.1 is now making its way out into the world, but if you weren't happy with the previous releases, you're probably not going to be too thrilled with this one. Read More
Some lucky early buyers are getting their Nexus 6P shipments today, and Google is ready to go with the official factory images. There are two builds available, and as with the Nexus 5X builds last week, we're not sure what exactly makes them different. Still, if you break something, you can get back to stock now. Read More
Samsung appears to have a tablet in the works that is large enough to serve as a dinner plate and a coaster at the same time. At 18.4-inches, the Galaxy View is so big that leaked photos show an attachable handle for you to hold like a suitcase. Read More
It has been a busy month for Google. Marshmallow was officially released, YouTube finally has the subscription service we've been asking for, and some new Nexus phones are shipping. Also on the docket for this month was a new version of the Play services apk. A couple of weeks ago, v8.2.98 began rolling out to a short list of handsets. It was followed a few days later by a .99 release, and then another minor bug fix pushed it up to v8.3.00. There hasn't been a blog post to discuss new features or APIs, which is a bit unusual, but there are a few interesting bits in the apk waiting to be seen. Read More
You might recall almost two years ago when AT&T started working on a sponsored data program. The idea was companies could pay AT&T to exempt certain services from your data cap. AT&T has now rolled out a different take on sponsored data as an app called Data Perks. By completing offers, you earn teeny tiny buckets of data that can be applied to your monthly plan. If you sign up now, you get a whopping 25MB of data to start. Twenty-five whole megabytes!
The G Vista is a mid-range version of LG's flagship phone, a larger variant with similar looks and weaker specs for folks looking to save a little bit of money. Now AT&T has announced that it will offer the G Vista 2 as an exclusive in a matter of weeks. And this time LG is throwing in a stylus. Read More
Those of you who've been waiting with bated breath to get your hands on LG's dual-screen phone won't have to wait much longer. Both AT&T and T-Mobile will be carrying the V10, and both of them will have it available for purchase later this week. AT&T customers can buy the phone starting tomorrow, though it won't actually ship or be available in stores until November 6th (next Friday). T-Mobile customers can buy one on Wednesday, October 28th, but it won't be in stores until Friday.
AT&T will sell you a Space Black or Opal Blue phone for $699.99, or $249.99 with a two-year contract. Read More
Remember Samsung's Smart View app? It's OK if you don't - it's basically a mix of a remote control and some Chromecast-style functionality, exclusively for use with both Samsung phones/tablets and Samsung smart televisions. It's the kind of cross-platform"synergy" that gets a lot of play in press releases and on-stage product reveals, but is rarely used by actual customers. The app listing in the Play Store is plagued with negative reviews complaining of frequent bugs and infrequent updates.
Samsung is apparently ready to start over, and I mean that literally: the new version of Smart View gets a completely separate listing from the older app (which is still available to download at the time of writing). Read More