If you're looking to add a little old-school convergence to your mobile accessories, you might want to check out Best Buy's deal portal this weekend. The JBL Charge 2, a high-quality portable Bluetooth speaker that can also charge your phone or tablet, is on sale for a significant discount. The speaker costs $149.99 at retail, but you can grab it for just $79.99 today with free shipping.
This is a new unit, not refurbished, and it's available in black, white/grey, blue, red, and purple. Read More
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Nexus Imprint on the new Nexus phones is fantastic compared to other fingerprint sensors. It's fast and incredibly accurate. The setup process is painless too. How will other devices with fingerprint sensors on Android 6.0 fare? They should at least get the job done if they follow the new rules. Google has listed the requirements for OEMs to make sure their sensors work correctly in Marshmallow. Read More
This week's Humble Mobile Bundle goes out to JRPG lovers. Folks who pay over the average can get their hands on over six games from Kemco, otherwise known as that publisher popped up when you searched for any RPG in the Play Store. Read More
Want to buy Google Play gift cards in The Netherlands? Of course you do! Assuming, that is, you live in The Netherlands. It looks like Google's plastic little cards, and their digital equivalent, are now making their way to that particular corner of Europe. Read More
Of all the features added in Android 6.0, Doze might be the most exciting. For years Android has struggled with battery life due to apps running in the background when they aren't supposed to, and Marshmallow could finally put a stop to it. To make sure device makers play ball, Google's Android 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) explicitly requires Marshmallow phones to include Doze, and OEMs aren't allowed to monkey around with it. Read More
Samsung Pay is an interesting approach to this whole mobile payments thing. You don't have to wait on retailers to roll out support. Sure, you can use NFC in stores that are hip enough for such shenanigans, or you can use magnetic secure transmission (MST) to pay at terminals that would otherwise only accept debit and credit cards.
Samsung Pay launched last month, but the feature wasn't actually usable until carriers enabled support. And they did, except for Verizon Wireless. Well, now the hold out is pushing out updates to the four Samsung devices that have the hardware necessary to use MST: the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5. Read More
There's good news if you pre-ordered a Nexus 5X in the last few weeks. Google is starting shipments of this device today in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, India, Japan, and Korea. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Google has opened up Project Fi invites to everyone. Just head to the Fi signup page and you can join without waiting, but only if you act today. Read More
The benefits of USB Type-C are still unclear to me. I mean, I get that it's universal and reversible, but right now it's just another cable to have around. When it becomes more ubiquitous, though, Type-C might be most useful when the time comes to charge up your gadgets. The new Nexus phones offer a taste of this future with support for USB power delivery, allowing them to both send and receive power. Read More
With every major Android release comes a new version of Google's not-so-famous Android Compatibility Definition Document. As reading goes, it is roughly between the excitement level of "doing your taxes" and "doing somebody else's taxes." Which is to say, I am well-caffeinated this morning. Anyway, the newest version of the CDD for Android 6.0 contains a change we've been on the lookout for since Lollipop was announced last year: mandatory full-disk encryption.
Since the announcement of encryption being enabled by default of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google has been on the encryption warpath (rightfully so!), and did in fact attempt to make this change in the initial Lollipop CDD back in January. Read More