Samsung first talked about Samsung Pay when the Galaxy S6 was announced, but the service wasn't actually ready. Now it's all systems go for a September launch in the US. Samsung Pay will allow you to make wireless payments at almost any payment terminal that supports regular credit cards, and it's only compatible with Samsung's newer premium phones.
Samsung's Unpacked event just finished up, so you may be wondering: How is HTC doing? Oh, you weren't thinking that? We'll tell you anyway. Not well. The smartphone manufacturer announced to investors today that it aims to cut costs by 35% as it tries to become a leaner, more agile organization.
As expected, Samsung has announced a pair of new smartphones at its Unpacked event—the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. The Note 5 is being presented as a perfect phablet for multitaskers and the S6 Edge+ as an ideal device for multimedia.
If you're looking for a Samsung flagship with an enormous amount of storage and a relatively low price, then look no further than B&H Photo today. The online retailer is selling a GSM unlocked, off-contract version of the Galaxy S6 in the top-tier 128GB capacity for $599.99. This is a brand new phone in black or white, and the SM-G920I model includes LTE radio bands for AT&T, T-Mobile, and most of the GSM-based MVNOs in the United States. It's a hell of a deal - and it's only available today.
At the moment the going rate for the 128GB model seems to be about $800, which means you're saving a cool 25% at this price.
Android offers developers a great deal of freedom to experiment with apps and come up with (maybe) the next big thing. Now Google has launched a website where it plans to show off some of the most interesting projects on Android. It's called Android Experiments and there are already 20 apps and demos to check out.
HTC's Desire brand has hung on through two revisions of the "company-wide" One moniker, oddly adopting features and style queues from the flagship series while aiming for a lower price point. So it is with the latest Desire phones to come to Verizon, the 526 and 626. Verizon announced the pair earlier today, with the cheaper Desire 526 going on sale tomorrow (August 13th) and the Desire 626 available "in the coming weeks."
The 526 is the cheaper of the two phones, with a 4.7-inch 960x540 screen and an 8-megapixel camera (according to Verizon's short press release). HTC's website has rather more information, revealing a Snapdragon 210 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot, a rather diminutive 2000mAh battery, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
Motorola briefly posted a tweet shortly ago that included a September 3rd release date for the new Moto X Pure in the US. It took the tweet down, and it's not clear why. It doesn't matter, though. The secret is out.
After a controversial edit or two appeared in Map Maker alongside an uptick in spam, Google decided to halt user submissions while it figured out a way to deal with things. Now the company is starting to open Map Maker back up to users. It's doing so gradually. The first phase announced includes the countries of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, India, Philippines, and Ukraine.
Previously Google automatically approved most submissions. A Googler would then review edits manually, especially if community members brought something to the company's attention. The hope was that users would police themselves.
Rather than develop new systems or allocate more employees, Google is increasing its reliance on the community to solve the problem.
To be honest, I'm still not sold on Vessel's business model, which posts original web video content a few days early to paying subscribers before it goes out to more general portals (usually YouTube). But the Android app seems more than serviceable even in its beta form, and the developers are adding features quickly. Case in point: the latest update adds Chromecast compatibility, which no video app should be without.
The feature works exactly as you'd expect it to: start a video and look for the Chromecast icon, then connect to a local Chromecast or Android TV device. You can connect on the main viewer screen as well, if you don't want to scramble to send your video as soon as it starts.