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If you’re a Fifth Third customer and a newer Samsung hardware owner, chances are you’ve been waiting for official Samsung Pay support, put down your pitchforks and raise your phones, the day is finally here. (I did in fact confirm it is working by adding a Fifth Third card.) @thegadgeteur We’re excited to tell you Samsung Pay is now available for our customers. Thank you for your patience!— Fifth Third Bank (@FifthThird) June 7, 2016 It’s been a long time coming. Rejoice, Fifth Third users. We can finally join the rest of the crowd.

Developer Sam Ruston ring a bell? If you’re Android user you may have heard of his weather app, Weather Timeline before. (It’s a great app) Today, we stumbled onto (ht: 9to5 Google) another app of his that’s still in its infancy – Flamingo, a new Twitter client. We know, we know. Another Twitter app? Put that attitude aside and give it a shot, because once you do, you’ll find a great 1.0 app (currently sitting at 1.0.0.3 at the moment) that is well worth the $0.99 Sam is asking for it. For starters, the small but subtle animations are…

Xiaomi is a Chinese based smartphone (and wearable) manufacturer that has so far managed to pump out some awesome high end (on paper) phones for relatively mid-range prices. Thus far however, the U.S. market hasn’t gotten a taste of these devices. But that could change soon…finally. Xiaomi has snapped up ~1500 of Microsoft’s smartphone patents. In exchange, Microsoft gets cash (of course) and the perk of having their Android Office apps pre-installed on Xiaomi hardware going forward. Financials regarding the cost of said patents were not revealed.

More: WSJ

Google I/O 2016 kicked off today. And while the company spilled the beans with “Android N” a couple months back, there is a lot of new stuff unveiled today that leaves plenty to be desired for. To kick things off, there are a number of new services and apps including Google Assistant, Allo and Duo. Google Assistant is like a smart chat “app” (with Google) that operates a lot like Google Now but with the aforementioned chatting feature so it doesn’t feel so machine-like. Basically, Google Assistant is a chat bot. The new Googley assistant can be found within Allo, a…

More: The Verge

For the last several years, 3rd party Twitter clients have kind of come to a screeching halt. Yeah. Every once in a while a unique one pops up. But the bittersweet curse of popularity means once something gets too good, the 100,000 token limit swoops in to knee cap the developers ultimate success. Most recently, a popular 3rd party Twitter app by the name of Fenix hit the 100k limit, after which the developer was forced to pull it from the store. Sadness all around. But today, things are looking up as the app is back in the Play Store,…

More: Phandroid

The HTC M10 is now a tad more official by way of “official” specs spilling out like a waterfall, as well as a handy promo video…and a few preview pieces. Case in point: it’s not really a surprise at this point. That said, if you were wondering what made it into the production model. Specs: – 5.2-inch QHD (2560×1440) Super LCD 5 display, Snapdragon 820 (quad core @ 2.2 GHz), 4 GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of built-in storage (with support for up to 2 TB via SD card), support for 4K video and 24-bit audio playback, front (5MP) and…

The official Reddit app for Android and iOS is here! If you’re a power user you’re probably going to want to stick with what you’ve been using. That said, the official app isn’t terrible and it’s got a pretty nice layout to boot. The only downside for the AMOLED users out there – no true black/AMOLED mode. 🙁 – Download links below. Android: Play Store Link iOS: App Store Link

Battery life will better than the early days of smartphones, still leaves a lot to be desired. Going longer than a day is considered “good”. In reality, we should all strive to true, multi-day (or week) runtimes. Unfortunately, battery tech hasn’t progressed as quickly as other areas, hence, the ways in which we recharge those things has had to pick up the slack. One of the of more “futuristic” ways is wireless charging. The only problem is that it’s kind of slow. Even Samsung’s latest “Fast” version isn’t as fast as QuickCharge 3.0 (or even 2.0) charging specs. LG Innotek,…

Via: Android Central

If you’re a Verizon customer looking to get all up on Samsung Pay, pump the brakes containing your excitement. For now, it seems that (either deliberately or accidentally) Verizon’s branded Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models are shipping without Samsung Pay installed even though the S6 and S6 Edge variants did. What’s worse is that Google Play Store downloading won’t work. Your only hope for now is to side load the .apk from another source. That said, according to this Reddit thread, once you side load the .apk, simply opening up the “Galaxy Apps” app and tapping “update” for the…

Source: Reddit

Fans of Google’s “Project Fi” initiative will be pleased to know that it is apparently here to stay (for the foreseeable future, at least). Today, the invite-only Google Carrier has been opened up to everyone, ditching the waiting line, according to a post on the Project Fi blog. While the T-Mobile/Sprint powered conglomerate is surely a niche network for a small subset of Android users, it’s nice to know that Google is pushing ahead. Ultimately, it’s a great idea on paper and for the right person, a fantastic option. To sweeten the deal, Google is offering the Nexus 5X for…

More: Project Fi Blog

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