Google introduces new payment system called Tez for India

Google has introduced another payment app called Tez. And before people start crying foul comparing this to Google’s numerous chat apps, this isn’t quite the same. This app is meant strictly for the Indian market.

Tez is built on India’s Unified Payment Interface standard and aims to replace cash in a country where Google says smartphones aren’t widely used for payments. It has features like direct bank-to-bank transfers between friends, “cash mode” that won’t share your details when paying strangers, and fraud protections.

A few cool details is that businesses can integrate their services into the Tez app for easy payments, and the app supports paying strangers by emitting a sound from the phone and the another phone hearing it to initiate a payment.

Though we won’t see Tez in the US, it’s still looking to be a pretty cool service. Hopefully some of the knowledge Google gains from this can be used to expand Google Wallet and Android Pay.


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Moto G4 Plus will get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo after all

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When the Moto G4 Plus was being marketed ahead of its launch, Motorola pointed out that the device would receive not only an update to Android Nougat but also Android O (now known as Oreo).

Unfortunately, it looks like Motorola ran into some errors with the marketing back then, because according to the company, the Moto G series is meant to only get one major software upgrade. For the Moto G4 Plus, that meant it was supposed to see the update to Android Nougat and stop there.

When Motorola released their list of devices that would be getting the Android O upgrade, the Moto G4 Plus wasn’t on the list. Over on Reddit, some people posted their grievances, pointing out that Motorola promised that the Moto G4 Plus would get the Android Oreo upgrade, but now it looked like they wouldn’t be keeping that promise.

Now Motorola says that it will make things right:

“Since the time of posting this, we have learned of some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for moto g4 Plus. It’s our general practice for the moto g family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O. But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading moto g4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.”

So Motorola is confirming now that the Moto G4 Plus is on the upgrade path to Android Oreo, but it may take a bit more time to send out when compared to the handsets that already made the list.

If you own a G4 Plus, are you happy with the upgrade plans?


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The Essential Phone is now certified for Verizon’s network

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Recently the Essential team held a Q&A session over on Reddit, and one of the questions revolved around official support for Verizon Wireless’ network and when the Essential Phone would get it.

At the time, the team said that they were finishing up the certification process for the handset and that it would be certified “soon.” Turns out “soon” was right around the corner, because almost immediately after that, the official Twitter account for Essential confirmed that the Essential Phone is “now compatible with the Verizon network.”

We’re excited to share that Essential Phone is now compatible with the @Verizon network. #ThisisEssential

— Essential (@essential) September 16, 2017

With the certification process complete, if you own an Essential Phone and have been wanting to use it on Verizon, you should be able to go into a Verizon retail store and get it activated without any issues.

So, good news on a Monday for Verizon customers that already have or plan on picking up the Essential Phone.


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Amazon Tap sale knocks $50 off normal price, Echo and Echo Dot also discounted

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If you’re interested in trying Amazon’s Alexa assistant on the cheap, the company is now offering a few ways for you to do just that.

First up, Amazon is running a deal today only (September 18th) that’ll get you a new Amazon Tap for $79.99. That’s $50 off the device’s normal price.

The Amazon Tap is Amazon’s portable Alexa-enabled Bluetooth speaker. Because it’s portable, you’ll have to push a button on the Tap to access Alexa. The device does offer a hands-free mode that’ll let you use Alexa without touching the device, but it will drain battery life a bit faster. Amazon says that the Tap offers 9 hours of normal battery life or 8 hours with hands-free mode enabled.

Also included with the Amazon Tap is dual stereo speakers that offer 360-degree omnidirectional audio, a charging cradle, and support for all Alexa skills. This includes ordering a pizza from Domino’s, requesting a ride from an Uber, and streaming music from services like Amazon Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

Amazon is also running deals on the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, both of which also include Alexa. You can get a refurbished Amazon Echo for $79.99, which is $85 off the device’s normal price. Also available is the refurbished Amazon Echo Dot for $37.99, which is $7 off the regular price.

Sources: Amazon Tap, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot


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Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 can now be disabled

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Samsung has put a lot of focus on Bixby, its new digital personal assistant, including putting a dedicated button on the side of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 which allows for the quickest possible access to the feature.

Some folks might not have been fans of the Bixby button, though, especially since Samsung made it so that owners couldn’t remap the button to launch whatever app they wanted. Instead of going that route, Samsung is now making it possible for people who don’t want to use the Bixby button to turn it off.

There is a new toggle at the top of Bixby home and in the Bixby settings. If you turn the Bixby button off, nothing will happen when you press it.

SamMobile points out that this is a feature change that is slowly rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners. Some people don’t have the setting on their phone just yet, while others are saying that they’ve noticed its arrival after they’ve updated the software. So if you don’t have it yet, you should see it soon.

It’s an interesting decision to see Samsung opt to simply disable the button, effectively removing any effectiveness beyond Bixby, rather than just letting owners map the button. Disabling it might be good enough for some owners, though, especially those who really don’t want to use Bixby.

Are you going to disable the Bixby button?


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Amazon Tap sale knocks $50 off normal price, Echo and Echo Dot also discounted

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If you’re interested in trying Amazon’s Alexa assistant on the cheap, the company is now offering a few ways for you to do just that.

First up, Amazon is running a deal today only (September 18th) that’ll get you a new Amazon Tap for $79.99. That’s $50 off the device’s normal price.

The Amazon Tap is Amazon’s portable Alexa-enabled Bluetooth speaker. Because it’s portable, you’ll have to push a button on the Tap to access Alexa. The device does offer a hands-free mode that’ll let you use Alexa without touching the device, but it will drain battery life a bit faster. Amazon says that the Tap offers 9 hours of normal battery life or 8 hours with hands-free mode enabled.

Also included with the Amazon Tap is dual stereo speakers that offer 360-degree omnidirectional audio, a charging cradle, and support for all Alexa skills. This includes ordering a pizza from Domino’s, requesting a ride from an Uber, and streaming music from services like Amazon Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

Amazon is also running deals on the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, both of which also include Alexa. You can get a refurbished Amazon Echo for $79.99, which is $85 off the device’s normal price. Also available is the refurbished Amazon Echo Dot for $37.99, which is $7 off the regular price.

Sources: Amazon Tap, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot


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Nokia 8 Oreo update teased on Twitter

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Quick Android updates are highly valued by power users but mostly ignored by smartphone companies. If you want quick updates, you’re usually limited to buying a Pixel. However, Nokia might be in the running for second place.

HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas posted on Twitter that the Oreo update for the Nokia 8 is in the works. He also posted two photos of the Nokia 8 getting the OTA for the Oreo beta, showing that it’s getting close.

Hopefully the update is released soon, beating other manufacturers to the punch. Stock Android doesn’t always mean quick updates (we’re looking at you Motorola), but Nokia seems to be working hard to push the latest updates to its devices.

We are on it @nokiamobile . @Android #Oreo maturing nicely on #Nokia8 , will release when perfect. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/wPxEGA4rJn

— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) September 16, 2017


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Newegg discounts Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Owning a Google Pixel means getting the fastest Android updates possible. It also means having a more open, moddable device as well as a fantastic camera with HDR+ software. It’s a solid device, as is its bigger brother, the Pixel XL.

The Pixel phones retail for $649 and $769, respectively, with $100 added on to upgrade to 128GB, but Newegg currently has the devices in 128GB flavor on sale for $609.99 and $649.99. That’s a pretty big discount!

The sale ends in six days, if stock doesn’t dry up first. Hit the source links if you want to pick one up for yourself!

Sources: Newegg (Google Pixel), Newegg (Google Pixel XL)


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Some Nexus 6P owners getting Pixel XL as RMA replacement

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The Nexus 6P hasn’t had the best track record for reliability. Many people are facing issues like bootlooping, battery drain, and more. It’s terrible when your phone, a device that’s at the center of many people’s lives, suddenly stops working at the worst time.

Thankfully, Google is trying to make it right. Some people are reporting that they have sent their devices out for RMA and have received Pixel XLs instead of another 6P. This has worked even out of warranty. Unfortunately, it’s currently limited to the US and Canada.

If you bought your Nexus 6P from the Google Store and it’s been facing issues, it can’t hurt to contact Google support and see if you can get a replacement. You’ll have to pay authorization charges, but it might be worth it for a shiny new Pixel. Let us know if you try it!


http://androidandme.com/2017/09/news/nexus-6p-owners-pixel-xl-rma-replacement/
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YouTube TV continues to expand, comes to eight new markets

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YouTube TV isn’t particularly new, but the service’s rollout to different regions has been slow. This is due to Google working to get local channels with each area.

Google announced today that YouTube TV is coming to eight new markets. Those markets are Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Greenville, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento, bringing up the total number of markets to 49.

If you’re in one of these markets, give the service a try if you’re tired of regular cable!


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