Oh, what a week.
There's a phrase: in the eye of the storm. It's meant to evoke a certain "calmness" that exists in the eye of a hurricane, a respite from the pounding, a brief moment where you can pause to catch your breath. You might call this past week such a thing after the big Apple event last week and the events marked into the calendar in the coming weeks. You would be wrong.
This week saw the official widespread launch of Android Pay, which is going up against not just Apple Pay on iPhones, but head-to-head against Samsung Pay on Samsung Android phones. Oh, and this little thing called iOS 9 launched onto iPhones and iPads around the world, with a tremendous 22,000-word review from iMore as reading material for the weekend
Windows 10 saw new preview builds released for both Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs — and speaking of Windows 10 phones, there's a big event scheduled for October where we expect to see new hardware running said software. The folks in BlackBerry land got to see the much-anticipated Android-running BlackBerry Venice vertical slider leak from pretty much every angle. Again. This time with video. Pretty much the only questions left about this device are these: when will it launch and how much will cost?
Sure, we're in the eye of the storm, but don't think that means it's calm.
1. Android Central — Paying for the calm
It's the calm before the storm. But it's really not even all that calm. Android Pay is officially official and available to use now, Google has scheduled is next Nexus event for Sept. 29, and for the non-U.S. folks (or the hard-core importers) we've reviewed the Huawei Mate S.
2. CrackBerry — Slide up, slide down
So much happened this week, I'm not even really sure where to begin. BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down for a fireside chat at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, the upcoming Android-powered BlackBerry Venice Slider got leaked all over the place and BlackBerry announced they would be opening up their first pop-up shop for Germany on September 23.
3. iMore — iOS 9 is here!
Apple kicked out iOS 9 on Wednesday, updating every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch since 2011, all at once, everywhere. watchOSm2, however, was not so lucky. It's been delayed to fix a bug. Meanwhile iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus ship this Friday, so there's no slowing down!
4. Windows Central — New builds for all
Microsoft had a rather busy week especially in keeping their Insiders happy with new releases. Indeed, the Redmond giant released a new Window 10 Mobile build on Monday and a new Windows 10 build for PCs on Friday. The release for Windows Phone goes a long way in fixing bugs and lagging, whereas the PC build added a few new features and more UI polish as well. New, finalized versions of both operating systems should be ready for the masses by November.
Oh and about those November releases, Microsoft is doing their fall announcements on October 6 in New York City. Surface Pro 4, Surface XL, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and the Band 2 are all on tap to be announced.
Speaking of Windows 10 the Xbox One team started to take volunteers for their big update. Yup, Xbox One is also getting Windows 10 and starting this weekend a very rough build is expected to land on a few users consoles. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of bugs. However, Microsoft is keen on getting two releases out a week sometimes with quick bug fixing turnarounds.
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