Project Fi Group Repay offers easy way to split the bill and pay the plan owner


Splitting any bills with friends isn’t always easy. You always have to calculate how much each person owes, sometimes accounting for usage, and then pay the plan owner the exact amount. Project Fi is now making it much easier.

Group Repay allows you to automatically split the bill in multiple different ways (depending on usage, a fixed split, etc.) and can send reminders to everyone when the bill is due. Google Wallet integration allows plan members to immediately pay the plan owner, and the owner can then deposit the money directly into his bank.

There is also a management system to track payment history. It shows the amounts various people paid or owe as well as the full bill amount.

If you’re on Project Fi, you can check this feature out soon! It starts rolling out today and will be available to all by the end of the week. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Red HTC U11 nearing a U.S. launch [Update]

HTC U11 red US launch

In the United States, the HTC U11 is available in blue, silver, and black. There’s a red variant out there in other parts of the globe that some U.S. consumers may want to get their hands on, and soon they’ll be able to do just that.

HTC appears to be counting down to the U.S. launch of the red U11. The company’s tweets aren’t loaded with details, simply saying that “we’ve heard you,” and that the wait is “almost over.”

HTC USA has been tweeting images of the red U11 in a variety of locations, with a series of numbers counting down from 5 to go along with it. On June 18th, the company tweeted out the image you see above, with the red U11 next to the number 2. As SlashGear notes, that would point to some kind of announcement being made on Tuesday, June 20th.

Unfortunately it’s not known at this point whether or not HTC plans on opening pre-orders for the red U11 on that date, or if the company will simply open the flood gates for immediate purchase. Either way, we should learn more here very soon.

Update: Well, turns out we have an answer to that pre-order or buy scenario. The HTC USA Twitter account revealed the big number one picture, while also confirming that they will be opening pre-orders for the handset beginning at 12:00 AM EST (so, technically, Tuesday, June 20).

If you picked up an HTC U11 already, are you upset that the red variant is arriving later? Or if you’ve been waiting, are you happy to see the new color coming to these shores?

Google Play Music rolls out exclusive feature for Samsung Galaxy S8

Google Play Music New Release GS8

Earlier this year it was confirmed that Google Play Music would be the default music player for Samsung’s newest flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Now, Galaxy S8 owners will get an exclusive feature to go along with their standard music player, as long as they’re subscribing to the Google Play Music.

Google Play Music is offering a “New Release Radio” as a saved playlist exclusively on the Galaxy S8. It will be updated on a daily basis with new music that’s recommended based on your listening habits,  similar to the “Daily Mix” playlists on Spotify.

There’s no word on whether or not this particular playlist will expand to the general subscriber base in the future. As it stands right now, it’s just an exclusive feature for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners. For subscribers it’ll probably be a pretty nice bonus, but it’s not likely to be a killer feature to get people to switch to the Galaxy S8.

LG G6+ officially announced with 128GB of storage


When the LG G6 was officially announced earlier this year, there were some interesting decisions made with what features would be available in what variants released around the globe. For folks in the United States for instance, better sound quality via Quad DAC wasn’t available. Now LG has another version of the G6, called the LG G6+.

The new G6+ makes a few tweaks to improve the user experience over the standard G6, including more built-in storage and premium headphones. Specifically, the G6+ features 128GB of storage, which is a significant increase over the 32GB model in the United States, and even the 64GB option available in South Korea. LG is also throwing in a pair of B&O Play premium earphones that take advantage of the included 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for better sound profiles.

The LG G6+ will also be available in two new colors: Optical Marine Blue and Optical Terra Gold. LG is putting a lenticular film on the back of the G6+ which will give it that “optical effect.” LG is bringing these two new colors to the standard G6 model as well.

LG is improving the software on the G6, too, giving it the ability to unlock your device with facial recognition, which LG says will take less than a second to complete. There is also a new low power consumption mode, which should help save some battery life, and an alert to let you know if you’re covering up the lens of your camera with a finger.

It’s not clear where the LG G6+ will launch, but LG does say that the new G6 software features will begin rolling out in an update next month.

New Google Store deals include free Google Home with Pixel XL purchase, half-price Pixel cases


Google today kicked off a couple of Pixel deals in its official store.

First up, Google is offering a free Google Home to customers that purchase a Pixel XL. All that you’ll need to do to get this deal is add both a Pixel XL and a Google Home to your cart and Google will automatically knock $129 off your final price, getting you a Google Home for free.

If you’ve already got a Pixel or a Pixel XL, you can score some protection for it on the cheap. Google is now selling its first-party Pixel and Pixel XL cases for half-price. That means that you can get a clear case for $15 or a colorful silicone case for $17.50.

Google says that its free Google Home offer will only be around while supplies last, and there’s no word how long the discounts will apply to the Pixel cases. This means that if either deal appeals to you, you should probably take advantage of it sooner rather than later.

Sources: Google Store (1), (2)

OnePlus 5 shown off early in new TV ad


A little more than a week after OnePlus teased the design of the OnePlus 5, the entirety of the upcoming Android flagship has been revealed.

A commercial that’s airing in India during the ICC Champions Trophy cricket finals has revealed the design of the OnePlus 5. We can see the dual rear camera setup that OnePlus previous teased as well as the phone’s mute switch, volume rocker, and power/lock button on the sides, plus a fingerprint reader below the display.

Based on what we’ve seen thus far, it looks like the design of the OnePlus 5 will have a few updates from the OnePlus 3T design. That includes reworked antenna lines on the back of the phone and a dual rear camera setup, the latter of which is probably going to be one of the OP5’s highlight features. We’ll have to wait and see exactly what features OnePlus has cooked up for the OP5’s dual rear cameras, but the company has teased that it’s working with DxO on the phone’s camera performance, so expect that to be a focus when OnePlus officially reveals the OnePlus 5 on June 20th.

OnePlus has also confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor. As for the rest of the spec list, all will be revealed in just a couple of days.

Best Buy offering Sprint LG G6 for $5 per month for Father’s Day


With Father’s Day scheduled for Sunday, many companies are running limited time promotions to promote some gift buying. Best Buy is one such company, and it’s offering a pretty noteworthy deal on the latest flagship smartphone from the Life’s Good crew.

The Sprint LG G6 is currently available from Best Buy for only $5.00 per month for 24 months. That’s a considerable discount, as it drops the price of the G6 down to only $120.00. Best Buy has the G6 priced at $729.99 full retail, so that’s a savings of $609.99. Normally the LG G6 goes for $29.50 per month for 24 months.

To be eligible for this deal, you’ll need to activate a new line of Sprint service on a monthly installment plan.

That’s quite the deal. Any of you plan on taking advantage of it?

T-Mobile offering BOGO deals on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, LG G6 and V20

LG V20

If you’re in the market for a new device, T-Mobile has a brand new slate of buy one, get one deals for four different Android flagship smartphones.

The Un-carrier announced today that it is hosting a Father’s Day BOGO sale for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, as well as the LG G6 and V20. There are some caveats, of course, including the fact that to be eligible for the deal, each device needs to be purchased on an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP).

Existing T-Mobile customers need to add at least one new line of service on a Simple Choice Unlimited or T-Mobile ONE plan. For new subscribers, you’ll need to activate both devices on a T-Mobile ONE plan to be eligible.

After you’ve gone through the purchasing process you’ll need to head on over to the T-Mobile Promotions Center and enter the promo code “17JUNESAMBOGO” if you picked up a pair of Samsung phones. If you opted to go for two LG devices, you’ll need to enter the promo code “17JUNELGBOGO.” Once that’s done, T-Mobile will send you a prepaid MasterCard that will cover the cost of your second device. You’ll get up to $790 on that card to cover the cost of a Samsung phone, or up to $500 to cover the LG costs.

If you’re interested in the BOGO deal, T-Mobile will let you take advantage of it through phone sales, the online store, or in a physical retail store. The Un-carrier says that the deal will only be around for a limited time, and with Father’s Day happening this weekend, it might be worth acting sooner rather than later.

Who’s taking part in this deal?

Amazon discounting Echo and Echo Dot


We’ve seen Amazon put its Alexa-enabled Echo speaker on sale a few times in recent months, but if you missed out on any of those deals, you’re now getting another chance at a discounted Echo.

The Amazon Echo is now on sale for $139.99, which is $40 off its normal asking price. That deal is good on both the black and white versions of the Echo, and the device is currently listed as being in stock and ready to ship.

If you’re looking for a smart speaker that’s a bit cheaper, the Echo Dot is now on sale, too. Amazon is asking $39.99 for the Echo Dot, a $10 discount off of its normal price. The Echo Dot is also in stock and ready to ship.

Both the Echo and Echo Dot are powered by Amazon’s Alexa assistant and can integrate with smart home devices like Philips Hue and Wemo as well as services like Uber, Domino’s, Spotify, Pandora, and NPR News. Amazon also recently updated the Echo and Echo Dot to enable calling and messaging, so you can use the devices to contact other Echo users or Android and iOS users that have the Amazon Alexa app installed on their devices.

To take advantage of these Amazon Echo and Echo Dot discounts, hit the links below.

Sources: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot

Samsung is launching an early access program for Bixby in the U.S.


While Bixby is technically present on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, one major feature is still missing in the U.S.: Bixby Voice. But that is changing at some point in the near future, as Samsung appears to ramping up preparation for the feature’s arrival.

Samsung today announced a brand new early access program for its Bixby digital personal assistant, with a focus on using those voice features before the public release later this year.

Bixby Voice will let Galaxy S8 owners do a lot of different things, including choosing on-screen options with just their voice, telling the digital personal assistant to take a selfie and send it to a friend, or even have the software collect the photos you took last week and put them in a newly-labeled folder.

Samsung says participation in the Bixby early access program is limited, so if you’ve got a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and want to try out the pre-release software, head on through this link and sign up.

Unfortunately, Samsung isn’t opening up on the release date for Bixby Voice in the United States just yet, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that info.

Are you planning on signing up?