Samsung Pay Heads to Gear S2 Watch Today

When Samsung introduced the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic last year, they made it clear that these devices would at some point support Samsung Pay, allowing owners of each device to make mobile payments with their wrists. As 2015 came to a close, that feature never arrived on either watch and Samsung had to admit that the launch was pushed to 2016. We are now in the second half of 2016 and the only mobile payments happening on Gear S2 units seems to have been through a closed beta that Samsung hasn’t been very public about. Well, until today!

As of this morning, an update to the Samsung Gear app is adding access to Samsung Pay for the Gear S2. A Samsung support page even confirms as much, stating that “Samsung Pay Beta on Gear S2 will be available for anyone with a Gear S2” as of July 18 (today). We updated Gear apps and Gear S2 software everywhere we could and sure enough, the option to use Samsung Pay is indeed now there.  (more…)

Pokemon GO Now Available in 27 New Countries, Including Canada

Over the weekend, Pokemon GO went live in 27 new countries. I’d call that amazing news, but the go-live caused servers to be down for hours and hours on Saturday. The server issues were such a big deal, that the official Pokemon GO Twitter account acknowledged them at 8:44AM before responding 11 hours later with word that they had identified the server issues and that Pokemon GO life should be good again.  (more…)

Google Keyboard Update Brings Themes to All

When Android N Developer Preview 3 showed up at Google I/O, we noticed that the included Google Keyboard was filled with awesome new features, most notably – themes. Instead of giving you limited choices for either a dark or light theme, Google was fully embracing the idea that we like to customize everything, including the interface we type on. Today, Google is pushing out that same Keyboard to Google Play for all to start using.

The update, which is stable v5.1, has a plethora of themes , along with the option to create your own custom keyboard with an image of your choosing. You can choose from the pre-made options or walk through a simple tutorial that allows you to not only choose an image, but frame it up and adjust the brightness as well.  (more…)

Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer R11 Updated to Allow for Android Apps

Android applications were made available for the ASUS Chromebook Flip not too long ago, but that was only one of the first three devices Google stated would support early access to Google Play. Last night, it appears Google rolled out updates to the developer channel for the other two devices, the Chromebook Pixel 2 and the Acer Chromebook R11(more…)

Lightroom for Android Update Includes Pro Camera Mode, Widget

Lightroom for Android just keeps getting better, this time with the update to v2.1. In today’s update, the powerful photo editing app gains new features in its recently introduced camera experience, a widget for opening the camera, and better handling of full resolution files.

Adobe tells us that the camera experience that came with the update to v2.0 has been improved through a Pro mode this time around that pushes the app towards “the best mobile photography experience available.” In this Pro mode, users will be able to control shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus, all manually in a new UI (see image below).  (more…)

ZTE Axon 7 Now Up for Pre-Order in the US at $399

The ZTE Axon 7, the latest affordable flagship from the Chinese manufacturer, is now available for pre-order in the US at a variety of retailers. With a starting price of $399, you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck here.

As a recap, the Axon 7 was announced back in May with a somewhat mysterious launch time frame here in the States. It made headlines because not only did it offer a bunch of great specs at what we assumed would be an affordable price, but ZTE also made sure we knew that it was one of the first Daydream-ready phones.  (more…)

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 Released, Wrist Gestures for 3rd-Party Apps and More

Developer Preview 2 has been launched for those running Android Wear 2.0, but take notice that Google and the Android team still label this build as “not intended for daily use.”

Catered to developers who want to get their apps prepared for the public launch of Android Wear 2.0, the latest developer preview features a bump to the Android Platform API 24 (now matching Nougat), Wearable Drawers enhancements, and opened Wrist Gesture commands for 3rd-party applications.  (more…)