Smartwatches, Not Exactly Selling Well These Days

IDC released their latest smartwatch market info this morning and it certainly appears to paint a bleak picture for the smartwatch industry. From Q3 of last year to Q3 of this year, shipments of watches dropped 51.6%. That’s, um, a big drop.

Their numbers show smartwatch shipments dropping from 5.6 million last Q3 to 2.7 million this Q3. Part of the drop could be attributed to the fact that the new Apple Watch only arrived with two weeks left in the quarter, but it could also be because no one else really seems to be releasing new watches worth jumping on.  (more…)

Nintendo Will Launch Super Mario Run for Android in the Future

One of the more exciting announcements during the iPhone 7 event was the introduction of Super Mario Run from Nintendo. To describe the upcoming game as plainly as possible, it looks like a horizontal Temple Run, but Mario. The game is to be made available exclusively for iOS at first, but Nintendo has confirmed to Kotaku that Super Mario Run will indeed come to Android eventually.  (more…)

Apple Music Jumps Out of Beta, Which It Probably had Some Dumb Exclusive On

Apple Music, a late-to-the-party and sloppily created music service that few would care about if it wasn’t for Apple’s large bank account and the company’s willingness to empty that account into the pocket books of musicians for exclusive rights to songs and albums, is now out of beta. I know, you probably didn’t even realize that it was still technically in beta, but it was. And now, it isn’t.

By shedding the beta tag, Apple Music has landed on v1.0.0 with a new equalizer and other performance, playback, and stability improvements along for the ride.  (more…)

WWDC 2016 Live Blog: Incredibly Beautiful Innovation of Fantastic Amazement

Another year has gone by and still no media invite from Apple to attend WWDC. What gives, Apple? Don’t you appreciate our input? Maybe not, but that’s cool, we are still going to provide it.

As for what you should expect from Apple this morning, the rumors include an updated iOS (duh), updated OSX (double duh), plus new versions of watchOS and tvOS. Oh boy! More importantly, at least for Android folk, it is rumored that Apple will launch iMessage for Android, which would actually be huge. It was also rumored we could see new hardware, such as an updated MacBook Pro, but that may not be happening after all.  (more…)

Report: Samsung Pay Will Soon Move Into Online Payments too, on Both Android and iOS

To help boost the amount of users making purchases through Samsung Pay, Samsung is reportedly working on an extension to the existing Samsung Pay platform that will be available to both Android and iOS devices, as well as online for desktop users. According to industry insiders, this Samsung Pay extension could launch as early as June.

To recap Samsung Pay as a whole, it is a bit different from what is offered by Google (Android Pay) and Apple (Apple Pay). As of right now, only select Galaxy device owners can use Samsung Pay in stores, and it is also limited to whichever banks support it. The list of supported banks is growing, but there are still plenty that do not. If you do have a supported bank and smartphone, users can upload banking and credit card info into Samsung Pay, then pay for goods at almost any retailer in the US, as long as there is a MS-powered credit card terminal. Samsung Pay does not entirely run off of NFC (Android Pay and Apple Pay do), so it allows users to benefit from the service in more places. (more…)

Apple Music on Android Gets Music Videos, Family Membership Sign-Ups

Apple Music, the music service from that hardware company who just posted its first revenue decline in 13 years, received an update today! The update includes video music support, you know, for when Drizzy drops that new exclusive album with accompanying videos. You’ll also now be able to sign-up or upgrade to family membership in the app, something that was previously only available on the iOS app or iTunes software.  (more…)

HTC 10 Supports Apple’s AirPlay

Here’s an interesting little fact about the new HTC 10 – it supports Apple’s AirPlay. It may even be the first Android to do so.

What’s AirPlay? It’s like Google Cast, only for iOS devices. In other words, AirPlay is the technology from Apple that lets you stream music or video from your device through an Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled speaker.  (more…)