Giveaway: Win a Galaxy S6 Edge From the DL Deals Store

Interested in a free Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, a phone that is still one of the best Android phones ever made (our review)? We are giving one away through the DL Deals store, but only for the next week or so.

Entry into this giveaway is as simple as providing your email address through the link below. Of course, if you want to up your chances, you can share the fun through Twitter and hope that your followers do the same.

The contest runs for the next 8 days. Don’t forget to enter!

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Verizon Announces Samsung Pay Support for Galaxy S6, Edge, Edge+, and Note 5

Friends, Verizon is now on board with Samsung Pay. After a lengthy evaluation period that left it as the lone US wireless carrier on the outside looking in, Big Red has told us that it is now ready to support Samsung’s new mobile payment system. Through a future software update, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 will all be able to make both NFC and MST payments just like those devices on other US carriers.

We don’t have timing on the update, but at least you now know that your new Galaxy phone won’t be left out of the Samsung Pay fun.

These T-Mobile Devices Will Get Updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Lost in yesterday’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow bag of Nexus glory was a subtle announcement from T-Mobile as to which of its devices will receive the update to Google’s latest tasty treat. Via their software update status page, we can see a list of devices that have all entered the early development stage for the upgrade to Android 6.0.

Outside of the Nexus devices they support, which are about to receive the update, the rest are all still in stage 1, which is “Manufacturer Development.” In other words, T-Mobile is waiting for each individual OEM to get them updates for testing before being able to push it to your phone. It’ll be a while on some of these, unfortunately.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

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HTC America President: Monthly Security Updates Not Realistic, Because Carriers

In early August, when Stagefright had many Android owners worried about malicious MMS messages, Google, Samsung, and LG announced fast tracked security updates that would roll out monthly for device owners. With the announcement of these updates, Samsung and LG both stated that thanks to help from carriers and partners, device owners would be able to receive the security updates in a timely manner. The only reason stating that is important is because we all know the damper effect carriers have on OTA updates for Android.

Over the weekend, HTC America’s president, Jason Mackenzie, was asked if his company would also be providing monthly security updates for device owners. On Twitter, Mackenzie stated that commitment such as that, “is not realistic.”  (more…)

Samsung Gear S2 Unboxing!

The Samsung Gear S2 is now available at select retailers here in the US with a starting price of $299. To say that this is the first Samsung smartwatch to be taken seriously and worth at least considering, is probably an understatement. It features a beautiful round AMOLED display, solid specs, a clean minimal design, and works with all Android phones. It could also be a much needed alternate to Android Wear.

With that in mind, we went ahead and put together a quick unboxing of a Gear S2 to kick off the review process. Smartwatches are supposedly the next big thing, so we understand that a number of you are probably interested in what this particular watch has to offer.  (more…)

Samsung Gear S2 Now Available for Purchase

Samsung’s new round smartwatches, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, are now available for purchase online. With a starting price of $299 for the S2 and $349 for the S2 Classic, you can own what is almost guaranteed to be Samsung’s best smartwatch to date.

We have yet to review the Gear S2 (we will shortly, don’t know worry), but after spending some quality time with it when Samsung fully unveiled it, it was obvious that this device would do as good of a smartwatch job on your wrist as any smartwatch. Sure, it runs Samsung’s Tizen instead of Android Wear, so there is going to be a new watch OS to learn. However, it’s a full watch experience like you see on the Apple Watch, instead of the glanceable-info approach you get with Android Wear. It also has NFC, so if you own a Samsung phone with Samsung Pay, you will soon be able to use it to make mobile payments.

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