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You'll soon be able to use Android Pay in more apps and on the mobile web

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Android Pay has only recently expanded to the UK, but Google has no intention of slowing down on its burgeoning contactless payment solution.

Starting today, the company will make its in-app payments API available to everyone, a considerable expansion compared to the small number of partners it began with when the feature launched last December. In addition to apps like Uber, Lyft, OpenTable, Wish, and Fancy, any app that has an e-commerce element will be able to tap into securely stored credits cards on compatible smartphones — in countries that support it.

Perhaps more interesting, though, is the expansion of Android Pay's in-app purchase workflow to the mobile web. Developed in conjunction with the Chrome team, a new experience will allow merchants to quickly integrate e-commerce solutions on mobile web pages that leverage the necessary hardware — in particular, fingerprint sensors — to complete transactions on web pages without having to manually enter credit card numbers, shipping and billing information, and more.

During a session at Google I/O, Pali Bhat, Senior Director of Product Management at Google, demoed the new feature, which optimizes payment experiences on a smartphone — app or no app — with the same workflow. While Android Pay was initially envisioned as a solution for contactless in-store payments utilizing popular standards such as tokenization and dynamic transport schemes, it has since expanded to be a full-scale payments platform, allowing anyone with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card to potentially leave their plastic at home.

And while Google already announced loyalty integration with Android Pay, it has now gone one step further, working with popular drug store Walgreens to facilitate loyalty signup, in addition to collection and redemption. Walgreens can merely send an email or SMS, or use an NFC-based reader in-store, to quickly sign a customer to a points program and begin collecting.

Finally, Bhat demoed a new feature with Android Pay in the UK, working with Transport for London (TfL) to not only replace existing Oyster payment cards with a phone, but track when a rider has tapped on and off. If a customer forgets to tap off, he or she will receive a notification with a reminder to tap off or risk having to pay the maximum fare.

While none of the Android Pay announces are on their own particularly exciting, they represent a new phase for digital wallets where payments alone are no longer the crux of the experience. From loyalty to convenience, the ability to replace an increasing number of physical cards, payment or otherwise, with digital equivalents, reducing the number of total actions in the process, is the incentive people need to leave their wallets at home — for good.

More: Google I/O 2016 coverage

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1 week ago

HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 will all get Android N updates

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HTC has confirmed that three of its smartphones, the HTC 10, HTC One A9 and the HTC One M9, will all get the Android N update sometime after the OS launches later this fall.

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1 week ago

LG G5 UK review: Different to a fault

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LG G5

Modular distractions aside, LG's latest phone gets a lot of things right. But this is a handset which often chooses 'different' over 'better.'

The quick take

The LG G5 is tailor-made to stand out in an increasingly homogenous smartphone world. The wacky modular design, removable battery and impressive dual camera setup are things only LG is doing right now. Aside from that all that, it's also a solid high-end phone across the board, with the cameras standing out as a major highlight. But the G5 focuses so much on being unique that it differentiates at the expense of quality in some areas.

The Good

  • Lightning-fast performance
  • Phenomenal cameras
  • Removable battery + storage
  • Quick Charge 3.0 support

The Bad

  • Inconsistent daylight visibility
  • LG still lags behind on software design
  • Whatever LG wants to call this finish, it still feels like plastic

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1 week ago

Flipkart's 'Mobiles Mania' serves up discounts on Moto X Style, Play, and more

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Hot on the heels of the launch of the Moto G4 Plus in the country, the Moto X Style and Moto X Play are receiving a discount. Flipkart is selling the 16GB Moto X Style for ₹20,999, and the X Play is down to ₹17,499.

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1 week ago

In pictures: The Moto G4 Plus

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Want to see the Moto G4 Plus in all its glory? We have you covered.

The Moto G4 and G4 Plus are now available in India, and will be making their way to Western markets shortly. The phones received a sizeable upgrade from last year's Moto G 2015, with the most noticeable change being the 5.5-inch Full HD display. There's also a fingerprint sensor at the front on the G4 Plus, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia XA Ultra hands-on

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Xperia XA Ultra

Six inches of Sony, and MediaTek — along with some serious camera action — could be the start of another big thing for the Japanese manufacturer's reboot of the Xperia line.

After unveiling the next chapter of its mobile story at Mobile World Congress in the form of the Xperia X series, Sony has today added another member to its Xperia family. The Xperia XA Ultra takes the basis of the XA and upscales it to an enormous 6-inch form factor.

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1 week ago

Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play coming to Canada this summer

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Motorola has announced that the newly revealed Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play smartphones will be released in Canada sometime this summer. Pricing was not revealed.

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1 week ago

Moto X may rebrand as the Moto Z this year

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According to a new report, the Moto X branding may be a thing of the past. It is being reported that this year's phones will release as the Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play, a similar naming convention to the current phones except for the Z. This new report follows the one that said the upcoming phones may step into the modular game.

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1 week ago

AT&T Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update is now rolling out

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AT&T is finally pushing the long-awaited Marshmallow update out to those who are sporting the Galaxy S6. That's right, the wait is over, and you can now start downloading the nearly 1.5GB update on your phone. A number of reports from users around the country have surfaced on Reddit, (thanks, XDAdam!) so odds are if you checked for the update you'd be able to grab it as well.

If you have yet to receive the notification for the update, you can check manually for it on your phone. To do so, head into the Settings, then About device and finally check for updates. Once you've received it, be sure to hop in the forums and let us know how you like it!

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs. OnePlus 2: Killing the flagship killer

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs. OnePlus 2

Two phones not particularly in direct competition with consumers, but definitely in the minds of Android enthusiasts.

On the face of it, it seems downright unfair to compare the brand new top-end Galaxy S7 edge to the 10-month old less-expensive OnePlus 2. Most folks looking to spend $350 on the latter aren't also considering dropping $750 on the former. But let's remember the OnePlus 2 marketing message — "2016 Flagship Killer," they called it when it launched mid-summer last year.

So we're going to compare the OnePlus 2 to what is arguably the leading flagship of 2016, the Galaxy S7 edge. Let's see who does the killing.

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1 week ago

Moto G4 and G4 Plus specs

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At a media event in New Delhi, Lenovo unveiled the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Both phones are aimed at the budget segment, and offer Full HD displays for the first time. The octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC powers both handsets, with the key differentiator being the fingerprint sensor, which is present on the G4 Plus. The standard G4 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, while the G4 Plus is available with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active appears again, this time in an interesting gold color

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active has surfaced again, this time in a render that shows off an interesting gold color option. Leaker Evan Blass, @evleaks, calls it "desert camo", though the official name is unknown. This is not the first time we have seen the Galaxy S7 Active pop up somewhere, as it recently was shown off in a green camo option with AT&T branding.

The Galaxy S7 Active is likely to follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S6 Active and remain an AT&T exclusive, as both shots so far have shown the branding. What are your thoughts on this color option? Let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

Moto G4 and G4 Plus unveiled: 5.5-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 617

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The Moto G4 and G4 Plus are now official. This year's offerings are Motorola's most robust to date in the budget segment, with the phones featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 617 SoC, 13MP camera (16MP on the G4 Plus) with 5MP shooter at the front along with a 3000mAh battery.

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1 week ago

Sony launches Xperia XA Ultra with 16MP front camera, 6-inch display

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Sony is building on the launch of three mid-range Xperia X series phones at MWC with a new model, the Xperia XA Ultra. As the name would lead you to believe, this is a big phone, with a 6-inch display that is dramatically larger than the 5-inch display of the standard XA though it retains the same looks as its smaller sibling.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia XA Ultra specs

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After releasing the Xperia X, XA and X Performance at MWC 2016, Sony followed up the three mid-rangers with a larger variant, the XA Ultra, packing a huge display and big boost in front-facing camera specs. Outside of the larger screen and improved camera things are basically the same internally as the standard Xperia XA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing when it comes to mid-range devices. You can check out all of the specs for the Xperia XA Ultra right here.

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