Android Pay, Google’s payment system for its Android devices, now has many more U.S. based banks and credit unions that support it. One of the new banks on the list is also one of the biggest in the U.S, Capital One, but so far there’s no independent confirmation from that bank that it has indeed joined the Android Pay train. See also: Android Pay – What is it, how does it work and who supports it?39 Here’s the new list of banks in the U.S. that now support Android Pay: Alpine Bank Anheuser Busch Employees CU Bristol County Savings Bank Capital One CinFed Credit Union City & County CU City National Bank cPort Credit Union Eaton Family Credit Union First Flight FCU First New York FCU Fremont Bank Georgia’s Own Credit Union HomeTrust Bank Hudson Valley Federal CU LCNB National Bank Leyden CU Michigan Educational CU Neighbors Credit Union North Dallas Bank & Trust Pacific Service Credit Union Philadelphia FCU Rainbow Federal Credit Union Redwood Capital Bank Seaboard Federal Credit Union Seacoast Bank SELCO Community Credit Union Settlers Bank ShareFax Credit Union Siouxland FCU Southside Bank Texas First Bank Three Rivers Federal Credit Union United Community Bank United Savings CU University of Toledo FCU WEOKIE Credit Union York County FCU We would note that Capital One was added to the Android Pay U.S. bank list back in May, but it was later removed. Android Police notes that, as of this writing, Capital One cards are not getting full support from Android Pay, but it’s possible that the bank is simply rolling it out slowly. We will update this post when we get official confirmation, one way or another. It should also be noted that Capital One added support for rival payment system Samsung Pay in September. If you are a […]

Android owners who have seen some poorly created, but still high ranking, apps in the Google Play Store might be seeing less of them in the near future. The company says it will be cracking down on Play Store apps that try to deliberately scam customers to download them through various means. See also: How to fix common Google Play Store error codes8 In a blog post,  Google stated that while the company tries to maintain a high amount of quality on the Play Store in terms of app content discovery, they have noticed that a few publishers have tried to “game” the store. Such efforts include publishers trying to generate a large amount of installs of an app through fraudulent means, or posting five star reviews of an app in the Play Store that are either fake, or have been paid for (a lot of the time, it’s both). The blog post correctly states such moves are in violation of the company’s Developer Policy, but even if they were not, such actions not only affect consumers who might download fraudulent apps, but they also affect creators who might see their legitimate apps not get noticed in the Play Store. Google says that it is currently rolling out new backend features in the Play Store that are designed to find apps that are promoted through false means. It says: If an install is conducted with the intention to manipulate an app’s placement on Google Play, our systems will detect and filter it. Furthermore, developers who continue to exhibit such behaviors could have their apps taken down from Google Play. The blog post also cautions developers to work within the Google Play Developer Policy, especially if they contract their marketing and promotion efforts to a third party. Do you think this […]

Last week, LG Innotek unveiled an all-in-one module that doubles as both an iris scanner and a front-facing camera, and “it’s possible” that the upcoming G6 will be the first to sport it. Iris scanning isn’t all that new anymore. The Galaxy Note 7 was really the first mainstream and globally-available phone with an iris scanner, and although Samsung’s phablet is no longer available, we will undoubtedly see the technology return in the upcoming Galaxy S8. If 2014 was the watershed year for mobile fingerprint sensors, 2017 is shaping up to be the year for mobile iris scanning technology. If 2014 was the watershed year for mobile fingerprint sensors, 2017 is shaping up to be the year for mobile iris scanning technology. LG Innotek showcased just a few days ago its brand new all-in-one iris scanning module. Whereas the Galaxy Note 7 employed two separate cameras on the front of the device – one for taking photos and one dedicated sensor for scanning your pupils – LG uses a filter changing mechanism to switch between the two functions in one single module. This means aesthetically, it will be cleaner since there aren’t two black lenses staring at you on top of all the other essential sensors that are normally placed above the screen. But more importantly, this means the size of the module is smaller. In fact, whereas with the dual setup, you get a volume of around 0.47cm3, with the all-in-one sensor, it’s merely 0.36cm3. See also: 2-in-1 iris scanner and camera modules could accelerate mid-range adoption7 An anonymous LG official confirmed that the South Korean company will start incorporating this technology into next year’s smartphone models, and when asked about the LG G6, they added that “it is possible” the LG G6 will see an iris-scanner. According to the company, it […]

This post originally appeared on our sister site, VRSource.  While Google’s Daydream View smartphone-based VR headsets are not officially on sale yet, that is not stopping Verizon Wireless from promoting it in a new commercial for its Pixel smartphones. Google Daydream: Everything you need to know Obviously, the ad focuses mostly on the Pixel phone, as passengers on a train are shown how it works by a fellow traveler. He also conveniently happens to have a Daydream View headset as well, and one of his friends gets to try it out for herself. The appearance of the headset in the commercial is brief, but it does show that Verizon wants people to know that the new Pixel and Pixel XL phones can be used for more that just chatting or surfing the web. Why people are using a VR headset when they are on a train and can look at some great scenery out their window is an exercise we will leave to the reader. In any case, both Google and Verizon are currently taking pre-orders for the Daydream VR headset. It costs $79 and at the moment only works with the Pixel and Pixel XL phones (more support is coming soon). It is scheduled to begin shipping sometime on November 10 from the Google Store, and November 16 from Verizon. Only the gray slate color is currently available from both sources; white and red colored versions should be available sometime in the future. Pre-order now from VerizonPre-order now from the Google Store

Apple’s share of the tablet market has been sliding for a while, but it’s making a comeback… if not for the reasons the company might prefer. Strategy Analytics estimates that the iPad climbed from 19.1 percent of the market in the third quarter of 2015 to 19.9 percent a year later. However, that’s mainly because the market as a whole shrank 10 percent. The analysts believe that many tablet manufacturers’ shipments dropped year-to-year, and that Apple simply experienced a smaller decline than most. The one major exception is Amazon, whose $49 Fire tablet helped its shipments more than double. Source: Strategy Analytics

The iOS 10.1 update addressed a lot of initial gripes with Apple’s latest mobile operating system. However, it also introduced a glaring bug for some users: the Health app might not show your data, which is more than a little troublesome if you’re a fitness maven or need those stats for medical reasons. Don’t fret, though. Apple has released an iOS 10.1.1 update for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that makes sure you can see Health info. This is a relatively tiny update (the over-the-air fix is well under 100MB for many iPhone users), but it’ll matter a lot if you’re tracking step counts or calories with your Apple gear. Via: 9to5Mac Source: Apple

Maybe you’re dressing up for Halloween. Maybe you’re staying in to watch the latest season of the eerie British TV show Black Mirror. Or maybe you don’t celebrate it at all. Whatever the case may be, there’s one thing you should check out, and that is Google’s Halloween Doodle for this year. Featuring Momo the cat, this simple game is a thrilling way to kill time if you’re ever bored. As Google explains, the goal of the Halloween Doodle is fairly straightforward: This year’s Halloween Doodle follows freshman feline Momo on her mission to rescue her school of magic. Help her cast out mischievous spirits by swiping in the shape of the symbols above the ghosts’ heads. And you’d better pounce fast—the ghost that stole the master spellbook is getting away! Essentially all you have to do is use your mouse or trackpad to draw simple shapes like lines, triangles, hearts, etc. Some ghosts have multiple symbols, and you have to draw each symbol in the order that you see. At the end of each level you’ll encounter a boss ghost, who has multiple shapes that regenerate. Make sure to draw as fast as you can because if you let the ghosts touch you, your HP will go down. You can head on over to Google’s official website to play, or if you’re using Google Chrome, you should be able to see it on a new tab.

Xiaomi launched two new flagship smartphones a few days ago in Beijing, and while the unique Xiaomi Mi MIX concept phone stole some of the limelight, the company’s other high-end offering deserves as much, if not more, attention. Here is the first look, as we go hands on with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2! The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will seem familiar at first glance, with the curved glass, or 3D Glass as Xiaomi calls it, found at the front and back making this look a lot like the erstwhile Galaxy Note 7. There are some differences in the feel though, with the Mi Note 2 being a touch wider, along with the metal sides where the two curved glass panels being sharper. The Mi Note 2 is a flagship smartphone, which is why some may be disappointed at the fact that the 5.7-inch AMOLED display comes with a 1080p resolution. Full HD more than gets the job done in most situations, unless you are planning to use this smartphone for VR, but Quad HD is an expectation that isn’t asking for too much with a high-end device. Under the hood is where its flagship nature shines through, with the Mi Note 2 packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, depending on which version you opt for. There will be three different versions of the phone that will be available. The standard version comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, while the two premium editions feature 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB built-in storage. Among the two premium iterations, one is a Global edition, that, as the name suggests, features global LTE support, with a total of 37 LTE bands supported, so roaming […]

Google rolled out its big version 2.0 update to Google Allo just a few days ago, and with it came a number of new features like support for multi-window and direct reply from the notification shade. It also included a “Monochrome” theme in the settings menu, where you opt to make the app a tad more monochrome than before. Oddly enough, the default chat interface in Allo is already mostly monochrome, so this new option isn’t all that useful right now. See also: Google Allo: Everything you need to know35 Apparently that Monochrome theme will start making more sense in future versions of Allo, according to the folks at 9to5Google. The messaging app will soon begin to support a variety of colorful themes. The screenshots below, obtained by 9to5Google, show a handful of different themes that will be present in a future version of Allo. The report notes that Allo will suggest you pick a theme every time you create a new chat, though you will be able to change it from the settings menu at any time. There aren’t any details as to when Google will flip the switch on these colorful new themes, but we’ll be sure to let you know when it does. Have any thoughts on these new themes? Let us know in the comments below! Get it from the Play Store

In recent weeks, Chris Lacy has been working hard to bring as many of the new Android 7.0 Nougat features to Action Launcher as quickly as possible. At the beginning of October, Action Launcher was updated to bring Quickcuts (a version of 7.1’s app shortcuts) before Android 7.1 was even available to the public. When they were introduced, Quickcuts was a Plus-only feature, meaning you’d need to pay a premium to take advantage of the handy feature. But now the developer has released a new update that not only brings Quickcuts to all, but also implements even more Pixel Launcher features. After updating to the latest version, you’ll be able to take advantage of Quickcuts whether you’ve bought the full version of the app or not. If you haven’t paid the small fee for the full version yet, though, you should definitely consider it. Chris Lacy has been releasing a steady stream of notable updates to Action Launcher for some time now, and that likely won’t stop anytime soon. See also: The best Android launchers203 There are a few other enhancements in this update worth talking about. If you’re not a fan of Google’s new circular icons in Android 7.1, now you have the option to switch to a global icon style. Action Launcher now also mimics the final Pixel Launcher All Apps drawer, and supports new shortcuts to automatically open the keyboard when opening the All Apps drawer. Oh, and the settings menu has gotten a makeover to include the new Pixel blue color. There are plenty of other improvements and fixes in this update. If you’re interested, head to the developer’s Google+ page for the full changelog. Head to the Play Store link below to grab the latest version! Get it from Google Play

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