Samsung May Partner With LoopPay to Launch Apple Pay Competitor

If the store at which you are trying to buy that stick of gum has an NFC terminal, Apple Pay and Google Wallet work well enough. But if it lacks one, or is part of a competing consortium, you will have to whip out the antiquated plastic between the lint in your pocket. But that may change if Samsung has its way. According to multiple Recode sources, the Korean electronics giant is in talks with startup LoopPay, to develop a smartphone payments method of its own.  (more…)

Download: Android “Lollipop” OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices (Updated: Galaxy S4)

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)

Fun Fact, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha Feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4

Thanks to a press release and landing page, it is now confirmed that the already-released Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung, feature Gorilla Glass 4.

What makes this announcement peculiar is the fact that both of these devices have been available for quite some time, but it was thought that only sampling and testing for the GG4 had recently begun. To find that it is already featured in products some of you already own, may be icing on the cake.  (more…)

Samsung’s Virtual Reality Headset, Gear VR, Now Available for Purchase at $199

Samsung’s virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, is now on sale for everyone who owns a Galaxy Note 4, priced at $199. Purchasable through either Samsung or AT&T, the Gear VR is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, given the larger display and QHD resolution, allowing for Gear VR owners to become more immersed in their VR games and apps.  (more…)

Download: Android 5.0 (and 5.0.1) OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)