Yep, That New Google Play UI is Finally Rolling Out to Everyone (on the Web Too)

Remember that new Google Play UI that was teased back in early October, the one we said was starting to rollout the next day? Turns out it didn’t really rollout to many for a good month. But on Friday or Saturday of last week, and continuing on through today, everyone seems to be getting the new look, which features separated front pages for “Apps & Games” and “Entertainment.”  (more…)

FoxFi Working Again on Verizon Phones

Update 11/24:  According to a number of our readers, plus a number of newly updated reviews on FoxFi’s Google Play listing that confirm, FoxFi is back to working on Verizon. Enjoy that unlimited data, enjoy it, friends.

I hope this isn’t the end, but it may be. FoxFi has stopped working with Verizon unlimited data plans.

According to a number of our readers and dozens more who have commented on Google Play, FoxFi, the popular tethering app that doesn’t require root and was used by many unlimited Verizon data plan subscribers, stopped working yesterday and is still not working today. Some of our readers have tried FoxFi with multiple phones, asked friends to test, and done everything else they can think of to see what the issue is, yet have come up empty.  (more…)

Use Android Pay and Google Will Donate to Special Needs Education Projects

Android Pay and are teaming up with to support the 6.4 million children in the US education system with special needs. Starting today and running through December 31, every time you use Android Pay, Google is donating a dollar to special needs education projects, up to $1 million. Not only that, but on Black Friday, when you use Android Pay to purchase goods, Google will double their contribution to $2.  (more…)

Google Really Loves Star Wars, as Evidenced by This Easter Egg

We wrote up Google’s spectacular Star Wars themes for apps yesterday, but today, another disturbance in the Force has been felt, originating from the folks down in Mountain View. An easter egg has been discovered in Google Search, one which turns your entire list of search results into a text crawl, just as we see in the opening of every Star Wars film. It’s not exactly practical in terms of getting all of your information, but it’s fun to watch. (more…)

Here are Samsung’s Black Friday 2015 Deals

Samsung is kind of going nuts with the Black Friday 2015 deals this year. We are seeing TVs slashed by as much as 60%, wearables and tablets by 40%, and other accessories by 50%. In even better news, these deals are running all week long and are already live. If you had Samsung-related shopping to do this holiday shopping week, you can do it before it gets wild on Friday.  (more…)

Android Studio 2.0 Previewed, Includes “Instant Run” and GPU Profiler

The Android Developers team at Google is beginning to preview the launch of Android Studio 2.0, detailing what features app developers can look forward to upon release. All features detailed are available via the canary release channel, but given this is merely a preview of what is to come, Google recommends you download and run an additional copy of Android Studio in parallel with your current version.  (more…)

Square’s New Reader Takes NFC Mobile Payments, Launches Today

Square, the payment dongle that you see stuffed into iPads at all of your favorite overpriced coffee shops in hipster neighborhoods across the US, has a new reader out today that allows merchants to accept mobile payments over NFC. Square has teamed up with 100 local businesses for today’s launch, but the plan is obviously to make this a much bigger rollout over time.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Adds Chase, Another Handful of Cards, and Gives Out $100 Coupon for Signing Up

Samsung added Chase to its line-up of supported cards for Samsung Pay! Nice timing there, with holiday shopping for everyone about to kick into overdrive.

The mobile payment system also now supports cards from Citizens Equity First Credit Union, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, SunTrust and Virginia Credit Union. When you install Samsung Pay on your compatible Galaxy smartphone, you’ll now be able to add all of these new cards without a hitch.  (more…)