Samsung Announces the Gear Fit 2, Available June 10 for $179

Samsung officially unveiled the Gear Fit 2 this afternoon, a sequel device to 2014’s Gear Fit. Designed to be worn all day during any type of activity, this wearable smartband features a 1.5″ Super AMOLED curved display, plus a dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM.

Differences between the Gear Fit and Gear Fit 2 will likely jump off of the page for owners of the original, which includes an added GPS radio, speedier Exynos 3250 processor, complete notification support for Android devices, as well as a standalone music player application. Most importantly, while the Gear Fit was only compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices, the Gear Fit 2 will work on any Android device running 4.4+.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Now Available in Spain

Hey, Samsung Pay is now available in Spain! Outside of the US, Korea, and China, this is the first new market (and first in Europe) to get access to Samsung’s best-in-the-business mobile payment app, so that’s kind of a big deal…if you live in Spain.

To start, Samsung Pay will be eligible for use with cards from CaixaBank and imaginBank, and should hit Abanca and Banco Sabadell “soon.” As for supported businesses, customers will be able to use Samsung Pay at contactless terminals all over the place, but Samsung says that it is working with brands like Cepsa, Cervecería La Sureña, Domino’s Pizza, El Corte Inglés, Fridays, Ginos, Grupo DIA, and Starbucks to add more value.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy S5 is Getting Marshmallow Today

Late Friday afternoon, Verizon updated its Galaxy S5 software support page with today’s date, a sign that an update would be arriving. We figured it might be a major update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, since the T-Mobile variant had recently received a similar honor, but because they left out details on the page, we weren’t sure and held back on sharing the news. Then, this morning, they included update details, confirming our suspicions – this is Marshmallow.  (more…)

Samsung Made a 5.5-Inch 4K Display “For VR”

Rumors of the next Galaxy Note (6 or 7?) have long-mentioned the possibility of Samsung upping the resolution of the display featured inside. We have heard talk of 4K, which makes a lot of sense because it seems to be the next step up from QHD, but also because the company is heavily invested in VR, where higher resolution displays are needed to improve the experience.

This week, at Display Week, Samsung showed off a “high resolution for VR” display that weighs in a 5.5-inches and with a resolution of 3840×216 (4K or UHD). It’s currently only a prototype, but one has to consider the idea of it being featured in the next Galaxy Note. Then again, that would mean a shrinkage in screen real estate from recent Note offerings.  (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…)