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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Samsung Pay turns one, has processed around 100 million transactions so far



Samsung's mobile payments service Samsung Pay has turned one year old. To mark the occasion, the South Korean company - in a press release - revealed that they have processed around 100 million unique Samsung Pay transactions to date.



"Since its introduction a year ago, Samsung Pay continues to lead mobile payments by providing services that are simple, secure and virtually anywhere," said Injong Rhee, CTO and EVP of Software and Services, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

Pinterest acquires Instapaper



Pinterest has announced the acquisition of Instapaper for an undisclosed amount. The two services will continue to operate independently, however, the Instapaper team will also work on Pinterest and as such, has moved from their New York City office to Pinterest's San Francisco office.



Pinterest's acquisition of Instapaper seems fitting, considering Pinterest itself is a service based around saving content for later from around the web, primarily as images and short text snippets, whereas Instapaper is about saving long articles for later reading.

This isn't the first time Instapaper has had a change of ownership. The product was first developed and operated by Marco Arment, who sold it to company called betaworks back in 2013.

Instapaper also announced that it will be shutting down its parsing tool for web developers, called Instaparser. Other than that, Instapaper assures the product will continue to operate the way it always has.


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New Google Drive update ends support for Android 4.0, brings other changes



Google has rolled out a new update to Drive's Android app. If your Android device still runs Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), there's some bad news: the Drive app on your device will no longer receive any updates.



"This is the last supported release of Drive for Android on all Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) devices," the change-log says. "Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) users will receive no further updates to Drive on Android."

As for other changes, now you can easily upgrade your storage plan in-app, add home screen shortcuts to your favorite files, and receive comment notifications. Finally, the update also includes some performance-related improvements and general bug fixes.


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Sony publishes official list of devices getting Android 7.0 Nougat



Yesterday Google started pushing out the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices, the Pixel C tablet, and an Android One phone. And today Sony has been quick to publish the list of devices it plans on updating to the latest version of Android.



This comes after HTC has previously confirmed that three of its handsets will receive Nougat for sure, and a Samsung official said the new release will land on the Galaxy Note7 in two to three months.

Android 7.0 Nougat factory images and OTA zip files are now available



Following the start of the over-the-air rollout of the update to Android 7.0 Nougat for supported devices yesterday, Google has now made factory images and OTA zip files available for those who don't like to wait for the update notification.



This is no surprise in itself, since it's Google's usual way of doing things. What is slightly different than usual is that it took the company a whole day to do this, and also that for the time being factory images and OTA zips are only available for three of the supported devices.

Android Nougat now offers the option to migrate from iOS, kind of?



A Reddit user performed a factory reset on his Nexus 6P only to discover that a new option is now available for the first time on a device running stock Android. Granted, this isn’t a feature exactly new on Android. OEMs like HTC and Samsung have offered the option to switch from iOS before.


The real news here is that an iOS migration option appears in the setup of a Nexus 6P on Nougat. The option links you to a website with instruction on how to migrate your stuff over from iOS.

So, the migration tool isn’t really a tool. From what it appears on the website, you won’t be able to transfer text messages or email accounts from your iOS device over Wi-Fi or OTG cable like on Samsung's Smart Switch migrator.

For emails, the directions just say to “install the app for your email service from Google Play”. For iCloud mail, it says to “install an email app that supports IMAP, POP3, and exchange accounts.” Then there’s a friendly reminder to disable iMessage before switching your SIM card.

All these instructions tell you to do is download some app and use it to move your stuff onto Google’s services. To transfer music, the instructions tell you to download the Google Music manger on your computer and upload everything from iTunes. Likewise, the way to transfer photos is by downloading the Google Photos app for iOS and uploading your entire image collection.



So in reality, there is no migration tool. It’s just a website that reminds people that they can use Google’s tools to back their stuff up. Maybe the option is a placeholder for a migration app to be released by Google in the future?


Should Google have even put this option on Nougat? Would it have been better if Google left the option out altogether?


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MIUI 8 global stable ROM roll out begins



After pushing out the beta build last month, Xiaomi has started rolling out the MIUI 8 global stable ROM. The update will be rolled out in phases, with 15 Xiaomi phones getting it in the first phase.



Devices getting the update in the first phase include the Mi 5, Mi Max, Redmi 4s, Mi Note, Redmi 2A, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note 3, Mi 4 China Unicom version, Redmi 1S, Mi 2/2S, Mi 4i, Redmi Note 3G, and the Redmi Note 4G.

The second phase will see devices like the Redmi Pro, Mi 4C, Redmi 3S and 3X, Redmi 2, and Redmi 1S getting the update.


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Demand for Note7 exceeds supply, Samsung working to build it up



Samsung strongly underestimated the demand for Galaxy Note7 and is scrambling to make enough units for everyone. "As pre-order results for the Galaxy Note 7 have far exceeded our estimates, its release date in some markets has been adjusted," Samsung told Reuters.



High demand is always nice, but Samsung better step it up as the iPhone 7 is coming this September. And parts of Europe along with other parts of the world will only get the Note7 in early September, assuming no further delays occur.

Last year, Samsung had issues cranking out enough curved screens for the Galaxy S6 edge, but an insider claims there are no such issues for the Note7 (it helps that such components are built in-house as it reduces the risk of external issues and delays).

Samsung only said that it's trying to increase production, without going into further detail. An analyst at Nomura forecasts up to 15 million Galaxy Note7 units sold this year, eclipsing the 9 million Note5 the company managed last year. Some analysts have raised their profit forecasts for Samsung.


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