Verizon Announces Samsung Pay Support for Galaxy S6, Edge, Edge+, and Note 5

Friends, Verizon is now on board with Samsung Pay. After a lengthy evaluation period that left it as the lone US wireless carrier on the outside looking in, Big Red has told us that it is now ready to support Samsung’s new mobile payment system. Through a future software update, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 will all be able to make both NFC and MST payments just like those devices on other US carriers.

We don’t have timing on the update, but at least you now know that your new Galaxy phone won’t be left out of the Samsung Pay fun.

These T-Mobile Devices Will Get Updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Lost in yesterday’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow bag of Nexus glory was a subtle announcement from T-Mobile as to which of its devices will receive the update to Google’s latest tasty treat. Via their software update status page, we can see a list of devices that have all entered the early development stage for the upgrade to Android 6.0.

Outside of the Nexus devices they support, which are about to receive the update, the rest are all still in stage 1, which is “Manufacturer Development.” In other words, T-Mobile is waiting for each individual OEM to get them updates for testing before being able to push it to your phone. It’ll be a while on some of these, unfortunately.  (more…)

Download: Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA Updates for Nexus Devices “MRA58K”

Google told us yesterday that Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA updates were starting to rollout to the Nexus devices set to receive them, so like we always do for major updates, we have started capturing all of the URLs for the .zip files for each. Below, you will find Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA .zip files for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus Player.

If you aren’t seeing a file just yet, that’s because we probably haven’t seen it yet. As we continue to receive new file URLs that are direct downloads from Google, we will continue to update this post.  (more…)

LG V10 Unboxing and First Impressions!

Hey, it’s the LG V10 in house! LG’s new flagship phone full of “stuff and things” has arrived and we are ready to put it to work. Even though a number of you probably believe that we have already written this phone off and won’t give it a fair shake, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are actually quite interested in this phone and whether or not its “stuff and things” make it stand out from a crowded high-end Android tier.

As a recap, the LG V10 sports a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, secondary ticker-like display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (with microSD support), 16MP camera with OIS, dual front-facing 5MP cameras, Snapdragon 808 processor, removable 3000mAh battery, and all sorts of droptest-worthy protection, like a steel frame on its sides.  (more…)

Least Surprising News This Week: Verizon Cancels Sony Xperia Z4v

Back in June, Verizon announced its plans to carry a semi-new phone from Sony called the Xperia Z4v. The original goal was to get the phone ready for launch over the summer, but as the summer seemed to be coming to a close, the phone had yet to surface at any store or in the hands of any tech reviewer. Our sources told us in July that it had been delayed until at least September, but pinged us again in mid-September saying that it had been cancelled for good. So this news today comes as no surprise.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

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