Samsung Rewards cards in Samsung Pay being rejected


If you received a Samsung Rewards card for signing up for Samsung Pay, it seems like it is having problems for the past couple of days. People are reporting that the card is getting declined when trying to pay for things.

The Samsung Rewards card is managed by Citibank, and the bank says it’s working with Samsung to fix the widespread issue. So if you still have your Samsung Rewards card in Samsung Pay, expect issues if you decide to use it.

Thanks Bart!

Huawei partners with Truecaller, will pre-install caller ID app on Honor 8 and more


Truecaller is growing more and more popular, revealing recently that it’s passed 90 million monthly active users and over 250 million downloads. And, of course, it partnered with Cyanogen last year.

Now Truecaller has another partnership, and it’s even bigger. Huawei has partnered with Truecaller and plans to pre-install the app on the Honor 8 and future devices sold in the U.S., Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia and India.

Apparently the deal doesn’t involve any money changing hands. Instead, the two companies just agreed on to form a mutually beneficial partnership. And Truecaller is a great app, so it’s gonna benefit the consumers too.

Google shutting down Device Assist effective immediately

Android Device Assist

Way back in 2014, Google launched an app named Device Assist which was designed to help Android One and Nexus owners. It probably helped at least a few people out there, but now it’s coming to an end.

Android Police reports that, effective immediately, Device Assist is being shut down. Users that try to access the app are being notified with a “Detected Issues” card, which then unceremoniously tells the user that Device Assist is shutting down. Instead, Google is directing Android users to check out a dedicated website with tips and tricks on it.

The app, which used to be available in the Play Store, is no longer present. However, if you’ve downloaded it before you can still find it that way if you really want to. If you still have the app installed on your device, it should still function for now, but Google isn’t planning on adding any additional tips.

Did you ever use Device Assist?

Google adds Tic-Tac-Toe and Solitaire to Google Search


If you’re in the mood for a quick and simple game, rather than hitting up the Play Store give Google Search a try. The company has added both Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe to search, both on desktop and in the mobile Google Search app.

If you want to play either, just search “solitaire” or “tic tac toe” and you’ll be able to play the game. Tic-Tac-Toe may be overly simple, but Solitaire is an addicting classic one could play for hours.

Google search Tic-Tac-Toe

A few other small additions to search include searching “flip a coin” to get a random coin toss result and asking what sound animals make for animal noises.

Google is constantly adding fun little things to Search, and this is just the latest addition. Thanks, Google, for making a search engine fun.

Sprint offers high-speed video and music streaming with Unlimited Freedom Premium


It’s been one week since Sprint officially launched its new Unlimited Freedom plan, which introduced truly unlimited talk, text, and data every month, but with some caveats. The standard Unlimited Freedom plan sacrifices high-definition video content and caps streamed music and video games. Apparently Sprint was listening to feedback, though, because the Now Network has a brand new plan to accommodate those who want HD content with their unlimited data.

The new plan is Unlimited Freedom Premium, and as the name suggests, subscribers will pay a premium for unlimited high-speed video, music, and games. Specifically, Unlimited Freedom Premium subscribers can stream unlimited HD video (up to 1080p+), music (up to 1.5Mbps), and games (up to 8Mbps). The plan also includes unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data.

As a refresher, the standard Unlimited Freedom plan (which is still available, and can be mixed-and-matched with the Unlimited Freedom Premium plan on a family account) caps video at 480p, music at 500kbps, and games at 2Mbps.

Pricing for Unlimited Freedom Premium is $20 more per month per line than what the standard Unlimited Freedom plan costs. That means the first line is $80 per month, and customers can get two lines for $140 per month. Sprint says that for a limited time, anyone who signs up for Unlimited Freedom Premium can get it free through October 31, 2016.

What do you think of Sprint’s new Unlimited Freedom Premium option? Do you plan on signing up?

OnePlus announces second version of its Bullets earphones, coming soon

OnePlus Bullets V2 earphones

OnePlus has been teasing a new announcement, one thought to be for new earphones. Today was the day of the announcement, and it was indeed a set of earphones called the Bullets V2.

The landing page for the Bullets V2 goes in depth about every single feature, from the 9mm drivers made with a partnership with LOFO, 2 gram ear chambers and flat cables. The in-line remote has three buttons and a microphone and is made for controlling Android devices.

The earphones will come in black and white, though the white is mostly gold. There is no availability date or price listed, so all we have to go on is “coming soon.” But since OnePlus is a budget brand, we can’t imagine they’ll be too expensive. Are you guys excited for these? Leave a comment!

Xperia XZ and X Compact appear on Sony site, X Compact render leaks

Sony Xperia X Compact XZ leak

Sony used to have a line of devices that were true mini flagships. The Compact line was a version of the flagship with a smaller, lower-resolution screen, but Sony mostly kept to high-end specs despite the size. This is where every other mini “flagship” fails: they use mid-range or even low-end specs.

Thankfully, the series might be making a comeback. Sony’s Czech site popped up the names of the Xperia X Compact and the Xperia XZ, though no info was given. And as another bonus, a render of the Xperia X Compact has been leaked.

Sony Xperia X Compact leak

There were no details given about either phone, but seeing the return of the Compact series is definitely great. Not everyone wants a huge phone, so having small high-end phones is pretty important. However, we’ll have to wait to find out more about these devices. Is anyone looking forward to the next Compact device from Sony?

Sources: Techtastic, @evleaks

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge heading to the U.S. in Pink Gold


In April of this year, Samsung officially debuted the fifth color option for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge: Pink Gold. Unfortunately for anyone who wanted to get their hands on that particular shade in the United States, they were out of luck, but soon that’ll no longer be the case.

Samsung will launch the Pink Gold Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on Sunday, August 28. The device will be unlocked, so it will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon. The one caveat here is that it will be available exclusively from Best Buy.

Samsung hasn’t announced any printing info just yet, but expectations are that it will cost the same as other unlocked Galaxy S7/S7 edge variants, so around $620 for the 32GB Galaxy S7 and $750 for the 32GB Galaxy S7 edge. Best Buy is throwing in a $150 gift card with the purchase and activation of a Pink Gold variant, though.

What do you think of the Pink Gold Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 now official in China with 4100mAh battery, 13MP camera


Xiaomi is back at it again with a brand new device in its Redmi Note lineup, officially announcing the Redmi Note 4 for the Chinese market.

The Redmi Note 4 shares plenty of similarities with the Redmi Note 3 before it, as far as specifications are concerned, but the changes in design are probably going to catch quite a few eyes. As far as those specs go, the Redmi Note 4 boasts a deca-core Helio X20 processor under the hood and a 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D display.

The Redmi Note 4 boasts a 13-megapixel camera on the back, which features a f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. The new handset also includes dual-SIM support thanks to a slot that can also be used for a single SIM and a microSD card, and a battery that measures in at 4100mAh.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

There are two variants of the Redmi Note 4. One offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage for CNY 899 (about $135), and the other boasts 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage for CNY 1199 (around $180). Both variants will be available in China beginning Friday, August 26.

What do you think of the new Redmi Note 4 from Xiaomi?

Google Duo surpasses 5 million downloads on Android


Google officially debuted its video calling app, Duo, back at Google I/O conference earlier this year. And last week, Duo was officially released for Android and iOS users. Now Google CEO Sundar Pichai has some good news about the app to share.

Pichai tweeted out late last night that, after a week of availability, Duo has surpassed five million downloads on Android alone. Duo became the top free app in the Play Store just days after it was released, so perhaps its skyrocketing numbers are not that big of a surprise. Still, passing five million downloads in a week’s time is surely impressive.

Google Duo now over 5M Android downloads in a week!

— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) August 25, 2016

Have you downloaded and tried out Duo yet? If so, what are your thoughts about Google’s new video calling app?