Samsung released a statement earlier today to remind all Galaxy Note 7 fans that the phone would be back in the hands of carriers on September 21 for those who had previously purchased the device and were looking to exchange their original Note 7 for a safe one after the battery recall took place. What they didn’t tell us was when we could expect to be able to buy one again. Previous rumors suggested the Galaxy Note 7 would not go back up for sale until late October, but Verizon appears to be selling the phone again right now. (more…)
Samsung updated press today on the status of the Galaxy Note 7 recall and exchange program, announcing that over 500,000 new replacement devices are in the US and on their way to carrier partners. They also reminded us that a software update to make you feel warm and cozy about your new phone is rolling out, but you already knew that. (more…)
Samsung Pay v2.3 is available for download on your compatible Galaxy devices.
In the update, Samsung says that the mobile payment system now supports “more of your favorite gift cards” and membership cards, restores those cards when you sign back in to Samsung Pay, and supports “iris based authentication” on supported phones. There is a single phone with an iris scanner at the moment, the Galaxy Note 7, so should you find yourself in the possession of the non-exploding variety, give the iris scanning a go! (more…)
Before you freakout at that title, understand that the idea of Google Now is very much still in the Google App, it’s just that Google doesn’t appear to want to refer to its services any longer as “Now.” Well, at least that’s what the new Google App beta is leading us to believe.
Last night, Google pushed out an update to beta testers of the Google App. For the most part, we aren’t seeing any major changes, but if you go into settings for the app, you won’t find “Google Now” mentioned anywhere. For example, “Now cards” has been switched to “Feed” and “Now on Tap” is now known simply as “Screen search.” You may recall that Google Now has been one of the most important and innovative software features that Google has ever released to mobile, so to see the brand or name of it disappear is odd, to say the least. (more…)
Whether you own a new, safe Galaxy Note 7 or are holding onto the bomb-in-waiting version that was recalled, Verizon has an update for you this morning as software version VRS2APHE. The update serves two purposes, really, to turn the battery indicator green if you have a safe phone or to splash warnings all over the phone should you have a potentially unsafe version. (more…)
Here it comes! The official unveiling for Google’s new Pixel phones has a date! Google just posted this somewhat cryptic video to their YouTube channel with an October 4 mention and a Google Search box morphing into the shape of a phone.
Yeah, this is the October 4 date that we first reported over a month ago. (more…)
If Google really is about to announce the Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4, expect days like today to become commonplace. I’m talking about the amount of leaks, of course. Shortly after talking about potential Pixel pricing and carrier availability, two new photos have appeared and show both phones both front and back. At this rate, October 4 might be pretty damn boring. (more…)
The sample size is small, but each time that Verizon has carried any of Google’s phones, the price hasn’t been one of the selling points. Should Verizon once again get the opportunity to sell Google’s phones this year – the Pixel and Pixel XL – I hope you aren’t expecting anything less than top tier pricing in the range of an iPhone or Galaxy S. (more…)