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…)

FoxFi has Stopped Working With Verizon (Updated: It’s Back!)

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…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: November 20, 2015

Another big week has passed on by here at Droid Life! This week, we told you what our best Android phone of the moment is, along with the best smartwatch. We also let you vote on the best phone, which essentially showed that you have the same thoughts we do.

Beyond all of those big features, we started putting together a big Black Friday deals list, went hands-on with the Galaxy View, covered Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile’s latest changes, and showed off home screens for the first time in over a year.

Time to catch up on it all!  (more…)

Pushbullet Adds Option to Send Texts From Tablets, Answers Pro Questions in AMA

Pushbullet, the service you once loved but now seem to hate because they want to make money and survive as a company, introduced a new feature today for both free and Pro accounts. That feature is an option to send text (SMS) messages from tablets. That’s a big deal, because well, tablets aren’t attached to phone numbers and so you haven’t been able to do things like send SMS from them in the past.  (more…)

The Best Android Smartwatch You Can Buy Today

We already went over the best Android phones you can buy today, so why not share that same love with the smartwatches, too? This year has seen a ton of new devices for the wrist, even from companies that had not previously launched a smartwatch. Why would they want to get into the smartwatch market? Well, because it’s growing like crazy. According to Allied Market Research, the global smartwatch market is expected to reach nearly $33 billion by 2020, so we can all rest assured new smartwatches won’t go away any time soon.

This year saw the sequel to last year’s highly-popular Moto 360, Huawei’s first Android Wear-powered device the Huawei Watch, the luxurious Watch Urbane from LG, a watch from luxury watchmaker  TAG Heuer, and Samsung decided to go back to their roots with Tizen in the Gear S2.

With all that said, let’s get into the best Android smartwatch you can buy today.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

We’re closing in on the end of 2015, if you can believe it, so we need to start figuring out who won the day in terms of best smartphone. We want to know who you think made the Android phone of the year.

I honestly can’t recall a year that was filled with so many good phones from so many different players. And it wasn’t just a year where everyone had a single, pretty good phone. We had multiple great phones from some manufacturers that just kept getting better throughout the year. In a time where people keep talking about smartphone plateaus, I’m starting to wonder if we really are that close. Even if we are, we are at a time where phones are so good on so many levels, that I’m not so sure this plateau is a bad thing for you and I.

What’s interesting, is if we go back to this same poll we ran last year, I said the complete opposite. In fact, last year was a pretty terrible year for smartphones. We got a bunch of in-betweener, so-so phones, that all had pretty major flaws in some category. This year, we really had to nitpick to find things that were wrong.

So, you tell us – what is the Android phone of the year?

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