It appears the backlash that Verizon was feeling from consumers regarding their reluctance to support Samsung Pay on their network has had an effect. Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Note 5 owners on Verizon may soon get what they have been clamoring for.
Verizon just officially confirmed they are working on support for Samsung Pay on their network, and it should be coming fairly soon. For some time, critics, the media and the general public have thrown accusations at Big Red suggesting they were purposefully holding back the ability to use Samsung Pay in order to only support other mobile payment systems.
Whether that was their intention or not, it no longer matters. Either they always had the intention of making Samsung Pay work on their network, or they simply bowed to consumer pressure. In the long run, support is coming, although Verizon didn't give a clear estimation of when that will be. We do know that Verizon will be supporting Samsung Pay on the following devices: the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.
We will keep you updated if/when more details arrive.
Sony continues to impress by how well they take care of their customers and extend transparency toward their Android update process. They just invited 10,000 Xperia device owners to beta test the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
Right now, this beta test is only for folks who own the Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact. All other Xperia devices need not apply just yet. This means the Xperia Z3+ was also excluded. Perhaps there is something different enough in the hardware of that device that Sony needs to work on Android 6 a bit longer before a full blown beta test.
Here's a hot deal alert that might be too good to pass up for some users. A retailer on eBay is selling an unlocked international/GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 64GB version for a stellar price of only $549.99. That's a whopping discount off of the usual $900 price for this phone.
To be clear, this is the unlocked G925F 64GB GSM version of this phone. It can work in the US, but only on AT&T or T-Mobile. They have already sold 78 of them, and the supply is likely limited, so you may want to check out this deal fast.
It looks like Google's genius engineers are doing their best to improve our mobile experience. Their latest idea is called the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, and it's basically an open source initiative focused on speeding up the loading of web pages on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
The new code is called AMP HTML, and it's basically a new framework built out of existing technologies. It will likely make its way to Google News and other Google products very soon. Not only that, but 30+ other companies are on board with the initiative including: Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Wordpress and more. Here's a quote from Google's blog with more details,
With new technology comes transition pains. USB Type-C is the future, but it will mean that many of our cables and accessories will now be useless. This was the same issue we had when jumping to micro usb. I still have some of the older type cables around the house which are good for nothing, but I have kept for some unknown reason. One of the largest costs that will be incurred when upgrading to a device with USB C will be upgrading all your accessories.
The first thing you will want to grab if you have picked up a Nexus 6P or 5X or a OnePlus 2 is some Type-C cables. I have chargers everywhere. luckily these charges have removable cables so all i will need to replace is the cable itself. I currently have 10+ chargers that will all need new cables once i transition to Type-C. This could cost me a cool $200-300. Luckily OnePlus is selling Type-C cables super cheap. Their cables are pretty well built with a tangle free design making them super durable. You can grab a 3ft cable for $5.49 or a 5ft cable for $6.99. Head to the link below and stock up Asap!
One of the main reasons I began to start rooting my phones way back in the day was so that I'd be able to change my boot animation. I can remember showing off a Call Of Duty theme complete with a Call Of Duty Boot animation to some of my friends who were still rocking a flip phone! If you are rocking the Moto X Pure and are in need of a custom boot animation look no further developer "JohnMCW" has got you covered.
John has uploaded the Motorola boot animation from April Fools day featuring the Yeti. You just need to download the file, head to system/media/ and rename the bootanimation.zip to bootanimation.bat for safe keeping. Next copy over the yeti animation.zip. You need to be sure to rename your new bootanimation to bootanimation.zip. Then simply reboot your device to see your new boot animation!
If you have been able to install the latest and greatest version of Android, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, to your Nexus device you are probably waiting on a root method. A beta method is now available thanks to the work of ChainfireXDA! He recently informed us that he had passed the torch on to another company, but has still been able to crank out a new SuperSU for 6.0! This is labeled as a work in progress, and is not working perfectly on every device.
To root Android 6.0 marshmallow you will have to update to the official build for your device. You will then need to flash the modified boot.img, then you will need to boot into TWRP and flash SuperSu 2.50. It should be noted that this process may wipe data on certain devices. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are the devices that are being reported as having data wiped by this process. Be sure to backup any important information prior to trying out this root method.
While the Nexus 6X and 5X won't ship for another few weeks Google has already released the official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to several devices. These have been released in the form of stock images hosted on Google's developer site. Some devices are receiving the update over the air. If you are using a custom recovery you won't be able to take the OTA update and will need to flash the update manually. "Rootjunky" has put together a modified stock image that includes a working flash-all.bat.
Google's stock images have to be flashed manually piece by piece. While doing this is not extremely hard it does require some steps which shouldn't be necessary. It is much easier to do a manual flash if you can just run the flash-all.bat. Rootjunky's modified stock image also includes a flash-all.bat that won't wipe your data. To use these you will need to have both adb and fastboot set up on your PC. This can be flashed over any firmware which means you can use this to flash to stock Marshmallow even if you are on a custom rom.
It should be noted that if you flash this stock image you will be on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but you will have to...
Verizon has finally announced that they will support Samsung Pay! They are late to the game because they needed to evaluate hosting Samsung Pay on their network. Verizon has been the odd man out for the past few weeks as all other major US carriers jumped on board with Samsung Pay on launch day. Many Verizon subscribers were upset to find out that Verizon would not initially support Samsung Pay, and it appeared that they would drag their feet for months.
Some of you were able to use this unofficially through a modified apk. If giving your credit card info to an unofficial modified app is not your thing no worries Verizon has stated that official Samsung Pay support will come through a future update. Supported devices will include the Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. Both NFC and MST payment transactions will be supported. If you want to use this feature you will have to just give up root. Samsung Pay won't work if root is detected. Their is no word at a date for the update, but expect it in the near future.
As 2015 near the final quarter we pretty much have all the devices in the books. With the exception of the next Droid device, which normally would have been released by now in time to cross promote with ESPN and the NFL, we can put a fork in the 2015 android year.
With 2015 we saw manufacturers add just a bump in specs while not really blowing it out of the park with innovation. One Plus talked a big game and then hit a grounder to the short stop, HTC gave up, and Samsung continued to remain the top dog screaming out the gate with their S6 edge, and Motorola quietly continues to inch their way back into the heart of fans. I felt like Samsung continued to stay ahead of the pack for the general public. But for us die hards, Motorola continue to remain the top dog and will probably end up earning the award for 2015 DF Community Phone of the Year. Carrier unlocked, bootloader unlock-able, and priced at $349 with the added addition of a much improved camera, I just do not see any phone taking its crown.
But we still have 2 months to go and if Blackberry manages to release the Priv in time for the holidays, it may garner enough interest from the community. The Droid-line will have to bring a lot of spunk if it is going to unseat its brother (Moto X Pure).
Has 2015 been a good year for Android phones or are you waiting to see what 2016 will offer?