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Google has unleashed the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Nexus devices, which means it will eventually hit all devices as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Unfortunately, that could take several weeks, which can feel like an eternity. The good news is that you can download the official OTA update straight from Google and manually install it yourself. This might seem like a daunting task, so that’s why we put together this complete guide explaining exactly how it’s done. Just follow the steps outlined below, and you will be enjoying Marshmallow goodness in no time. You can even follow the same steps to install subsequent Android Marshmallow updates when they come out. We will add those update links as they get released, so be sure to bookmark this page for future reference. Updated on 02-05-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in OTA links for the January and February 2016 security updates for all Nexus devices. Also added categories for the Pixel C and Nexus 10 (security updates only). There are actually two ways to manually update your Nexus device. The first option is to flash the factory image, which is like installing the complete Android software and firmware from scratch. This isn’t a bad way to go, but it requires a factory reset if your bootloader isn’t unlocked. You can check out our complete instructions for flashing the factory image here. The second method is installing the OTA update, which is what this guide is about. This is the same exact update that Google will automatically send to your device at some point in the future. The only difference is that you will get it right away if you follow the steps below. We like this method, since a factory reset isn’t required. This means that you won’t lose your data, but we cannot stress enough how important it is that you back up all your important data in case something goes wrong. So please make sure everything is backed up before proceeding . Click on a link to jump to a topic: Installing ADB and Fastboot Downloading the over-the-air (OTA) update zip file for your device Enable USB debugging and connecting your Nexus device via USB to your desktop Installing the over-the-air (OTA) update Next Page: Installing ADB and Fastboot Installing ADB and Fastboot In order to send the OTA update to your Nexus device, you must have ADB and Fastboot installed on your desktop computer. ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge and it allows you to send commands to your Android device over USB through a terminal/command-line interface such as Windows Command Prompt. Fastboot allows you to flash images to your Android device. You don’t need Fastboot for these instructions, but we figured it deserved a mention, since it comes packaged together with ADB. There are two methods to getting ADB and Fastboot on your computer. The first is to download and install the Android SDK tools from the Android developer site. This method will work for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. If you’re a Windows user, you can download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot instead, which is actually the easiest method. However, we recommend installing the Android SDK tools because it will also give you the Google USB drivers at the same time, which you will need in order for your computer to recognize your Nexus device. If you do decide to install Minimal ADB and Fastboot, you can still download the Google USB drivers separately. We will show you how to do that later. Follow the instructions below for either installing the Android SDK tools or Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Download and install the Android SDK tools Click here to download and install the Android SDK Tools from Google’s developer site. There are choices for Windows, Mac, and Linux. These instructions are for Windows machines. When asked what directory to install the software to, we recommend that you set it to C:android-sdk. If you choose a different location, just make sure you remember it. Once the Android SDK Tools are installed, launch it from the Start Menu. The SDK Manager will open. Just uncheck everything except Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Driver . Android SDK Platform-tools is at the top and Google USB Driver is toward the bottom. Click on Install 2 packages at the bottom right. Check Accept license and click Install . ADB and Fastboot will now reside in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder if you followed step 2 as outlined. If you chose a different directory, than ADB and Fastboot will reside in the platform-tools folder under whatever location you chose to install the Android SDK Tools to in step 2. Download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot Click here to download minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3.1_setup.exe from the XDA forums. Note: the version number could be different if a newer version is released after this post has been published. Launch the minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3.1_setup.exe file. When asked what directory to install the software to, we recommend that you set it to C:android-sdkplatform-tools since we will be using that location for the rest of this guide. If you choose a different location, just make sure you remember it. Next Page: Downloading the over-the-air (OTA) update zip file for your device Downloading the over-the-air (OTA) update zip file for your device Now it’s time to download the appropriate OTA zip file for your device and place it in the folder where ADB and Fastboot is. If you followed our instructions in the Installing ADB and Fastboot section , it’s in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder. Important: You want to make sure that your device is currently on the “From” Build Number that’s listed for each device. To see that, just open Settings > About Phone and scroll down to About Phone . Now scroll down to the bottom and look at the Build Number . Make sure it matches the “From” listed below for the device that you’re upgrading. If you didn’t receive a security update that rolled out before the Android version update you want to install, be sure to download and install that first. The zip file will have a rather large name, so feel free to rename it, so you don’t have to type out the entire file name in the CMD Window. Alternatively, you can paste it in the CMD prompt window by pressing ALT and the spacebar , then choose Edit before selecting Paste . Download the appropriate OTA zip file from one of the links below for your device, and make sure to place it in the folder where ADB and Fastboot is. Note: Unfortunately we are not always able to get download links for monthly security updates so please make sure your current version number matches up with the “From” build in both the descriptions below and actual file names. You’ll also notice that there are multiple version build update links for some devices since not everyone receives the security update before receiving version builds. This means you can install a previous monthly security update at the same time as an Android version update. Nexus 5 (hammerhead) From LMY48M (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) From MRA58K (6.0) To MRA58N (6.0) November Security Update From MRA58N (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MMB29K (6.0.1) To MMB29S (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29S (6.0.1) To MMB29Q (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus 5X (bullhead) From MDB08L (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MDB08M (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MMB29K (6.0.1) To MMB29P (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29P (6.0.1) To MMB29Q (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus 6 (shamu) From LMY48M (5.1.1) To LMY48T (5.1.1) October Security Update From LMY48T (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) From MRA58K (6.0) To MRA58N (6.0) November Security Update From MRA58K (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MRA58N (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MRA58R (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MRA58X (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MMB29K (6.0.1) To MMB29S (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29S (6.0.1) to MMB29Q (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus 6 (shamu) Project Fi version From LVY48F (5.1.1) To LVY48H (5.1.1) October Security Update From LVY48H (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) 6.0.1 Link Coming Soon Nexus 6 (shamu) AT&T version From LMY48M (5.1.1) To LMY48W (5.1.1) October Security Update From LMY48Y (5.1.1) To LMY48Z (5.1.1) December Security Update From LMY48W (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) (Link coming soon) 6.0.1 Link Coming Soon Nexus 6 (shamu) T-Mobile version From LYZ28K (5.1.1) To LYZ28M (5.1.1) October Security Update From LYZ28M (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) From MRA58K (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MRA58X (6.01) To MMB29K (6.0.1) Nexus 6P (angler) From MDB08L (6.0) To MMB29M (6.0.1) From MDB08M (6.0) To MMB29M (6.0.1) From MMB29M (6.0.1) To MMB29P (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29N (6.0.1) To MMB29P (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29P (6.0.1) To MMB29Q (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi (razor) From LMY48M (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) From MRA58K (6.0) To MRA58U (6.0) November Security Update From MRA58U (6.0) To MRA58V (6.0) 2nd November Security Update From MRA58V (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MMB29K (6.0.1) To MMB29O (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29O (6.0.1) To MMB29Q (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus 7 (2013) LTE (razorg) From LMY48M (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) From MRA58K (6.0) To MRA58V (6.0) November Security Update From MRA58V (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From LMY48Z (5.1.1) To MMB29O (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29K (6.0.1) To MMB29O (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MRA59B (6.0.1) To MMB29O (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29O (6.0.1) To MMB29Q (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus 9 Wi-Fi (volantis) From LMY48M (5.1.1) To LMY48T (5.1.1) October Security Update From LMY48T (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) From MRA58K (6.0) To MRA58N (6.0) November Security Update From MRA58N (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MMB29K (6.0.1) To MMB29S (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29S (6.0.1) To MMB29R (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexis 9 LTE (volantisg) From LMY48M (5.1.1) To LMY48T (5.1.1) October Security Update From LMY48T (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) MRA58K (6.0) To MRA58N (6.0) November Security Update MRA58N (6.0) To MMB29K (6.0.1) From MMB29K (6.0.1) To MMB29S (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29S (6.0.1) To MMB29R (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus Player (fugu) From LMY48N (5.1.1) To MRA58K (6.0) From MRA58K (6.0) To MRA58N (6.0) November Security Update From MRA58N (6.0) To MMB29M (6.0.1) From MMB29M (6.0.1) To MMB29T (6.0.1) January 2016 Security Update From MMB29T (6.0.1) To MMB29U (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Pixel C (dragon_ryu) From MXB48J (6.0.1) To MXB48T (6.0.1) February 2016 Security Update Nexus 10 (mantaray) – security updates only From LMY48Z (5.1.1) To LMY49F (5.1.1) January 2016 Security Update From LMY49F (5.1.1) To LMY49G (5.1.1) February 2016 Security Update **Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10 devices are not expected to receive the Android Marshmallow update. We will add links for those devices if things change. Next Page: Enable USB debugging and connect your Nexus device via USB to your desktop Enable USB debugging and connect your Nexus device via USB to your desktop Now you need to make sure USB debugging is enabled on your Nexus device. Open Settings on your Nexus device. If you do not see Developer Options toward the bottom of the Settings screen on your device, follow these steps to activate them. Tap on About Phone and find the Build Number . Tap on the Build Number seven times and the Developer Options will appear on the main page of the Settings . Tap on the Back key to see the Developer Options . Tap on Developer Options . Check to enable USB Debugging . Before you connect your device to the USB port on your computer, you want to make sure you have the appropriate drivers installed. You should be all set if you opted to install the Android SDK Tools. If you instead chose to install Minimal ADB and Fastboot, you can grab them here. Since you’re working with a Nexus device, you specifically want the Google USB Drivers. The download will be a zip file, so extract the contents where you wish, and remember the location. Now connect your device via a USB cable and you are ready to flash the zip file that you extracted earlier. If you’re connecting your Nexus device to your computer for the first time, you will get a popup box on your Nexus device stating what the computer’s RSA Key is. Just check Always Allow From This Computer and tap on OK . If your Nexus device doesn’t show the RSA key popup, then open the notification panel and select USB For Charging Only and change the mode to Transfer Photos ( PTP) . If your Nexus device still doesn’t show the RSA key popup, then follow these instructions: On your Windows desktop, go to your Control Panel then Device Manager . You should see your Nexus device under Other Devices with a Yellow ! mark on it. Right-click on it and select update driver . Choose Browse my computer for driver software , and choose the directory where the Google USB Drivers are. If you chose to install the Android SDK tools and followed our instructions, they should be in the C:android-sdkextrasgoogleusb driver folder. If you chose to manually download the Google USB drivers, just navigate to the folder that you archived the contents of the Zip file in. If your Nexus device still doesn’t show the RSA key approval popup, then open the command prompt on your desktop and navigate to the folder where ADB and Fastboot reside. If you followed our instructions from the Installing ADB and Fastboot section, it will be in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder. Just type cdandroid-sdkplatform-tools at the command prompt in Windows. If ADB and Fastboot are somewhere else, just navigate to that location instead. Type “ADB devices” and you should get the following result: The RSA key approval popup should now be visible on your Nexus device. Just check Always Allow From This Computer and tap OK . Type “ADB devices” again, and you should get the following result with a different device key: You are now ready to install the OTA update. Next Page: Installing the over-the-air (OTA) update Installing the over-the-air (OTA) update Open the Command Prompt in Windows or Terminal on a Mac and navigate to the folder that ADB and Fastboot are installed in. Again, if you followed our instructions from the Installing ADB and Fastboot section , it will be in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder. Just type “cdandroid-sdkplatform-tools” at the prompt in Windows. If ADB and Fastboot are somewhere else, just navigate to that location instead. To make things easier, so you don’t have to type out long directories, you can also paste it by pressing ALT and the spacebar , then choose Edit before selecting Paste . If you’re using a Mac, you need to add the platform tools directory to your $PATH. In terminal, type “sudo nano/etc/paths” . Now enter your password and go to the bottom of the file and enter the full path of the “platform tools” directory. Hit control-x to quit and enter Y to save. The following ADB commands are for Windows machines. If you’re using a Mac, just add “ ./” before each command, for example: “ ./adb reboot bootloader”. Assuming you device is already connected to your computer via USB and USB Debugging is enabled, you need to re-start it in fastboot mode. Follow one of the two methods below. Option A may be preferable because it’s another confirmation that your computer recognizes your Nexus device. A) Type “adb reboot bootloader” B) Turn your device off, then turn it back on while holding down the relevant key combinations for your device. For many devices it’s Volume Up + Volume Down + Power . You can see what your device’s key combinations are here. The fastboot menu will appear and you should see Start in the top right. Press Volume Up till it changes to Recovery . Press the Power button to select it. You will see an Android with a red exclamation point icon, press and hold the Power key , then press the Volume up key to show the Recovery Menu. You will get a new menu. Navigate to apply update from adb and select it by pressing the Power button . In the command window — make sure you are in the directory where ADB and Fastboot reside — type: “adb sideload [the full name of the file].zip” without the brackets around the file name. The update will install and reach 100 percent. Reboot and enjoy the latest version of Android Marshmallow. Previous Updates: Updated on 01-08-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in OTA 6.0.1 links for all Nexus devices Updated on 12-15-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in links for November security updates as well as 6.0.1 OTA links for most Nexus devices. Updated on 10-16-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added new OTA links for Nexus 6 devices.
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Android Marshmallow is finally here, which means that Google will be rolling out the update to all Nexus devices. Unfortunately that could take several weeks, and we know that many of you are too impatient to wait. Good news! Google has posted factory images for each Nexus device, so you can go ahead and update your device to Android 6.0 Marshmallow right now instead of waiting. We know this can be a little scary — especially for beginners — so that’s why we put together this comprehensive guide detailing each and every step of the way. You won’t find a more complete tutorial anywhere else. Updated on 02-05-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Google released the February 2016 security patch in early February. You can still follow this guide to install that update on your Nexus device since the download link page remains the same. Related: Everything you need to know about Android 6.0 Marshmallow Flashing the factory image differs from installing the over-the-air (OTA) update in that the factory image contains the full system files for your device, whereas the OTA update contains only the upgrade information. In other words, flashing a factory image is more like completely deleting all the software on your device and replacing it. The OTA will only replace what is being changed since your last update. Some people prefer to install the OTA update since you don’t have to do a factory reset, while others like the factory image method because it’s like starting from scratch with a fresh install of the entire system. It’s more of a pain to factory reset your device, but you are less prone to some of those annoying bugs that seem to crop up after an OTA update. If you would rather download and install the OTA update, we have a complete guide for that method as well. *We will provide a link to this guide as soon as the OTA download links become available . If you want to flash the factory image, then you’re already in the right place. Just remember to make sure all your data is backed up, because you will lose all your data on the device when you unlock the bootloader, which is required for flashing. There is no way to unlock a bootloader without a factory reset. However, if you happen to already have an unlocked bootloader, then you can forgo the factory reset if you wish. We will show you how later on, but we still recommend that you back up your data in case something goes wrong. Click on a link to jump to a topic: Installing ADB and Fastboot Download the Android Marshmallow system image Extracting the contents of the system image Enable USB debugging and connecting your Nexus device via USB to your desktop Flashing the Android Marshmallow factory image Next Page: Installing ADB and Fastboot Installing ADB and Fastboot In order to flash the factory image to your Nexus device, you must have ADB and Fastboot installed on your desktop computer. ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge, and it allows you to send commands to your Android device over USB through a terminal/command-line interface such as Windows Command Prompt. Fastboot allows you to unlock the bootloader on your Android device. There are two methods to getting ADB and Fastboot on your computer. The first is to download and install the Android SDK tools from the Android developer site. This method will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. If you’re a Windows user, you can download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot instead, which is actually the easiest method. However, we recommend installing the Android SDK tools because the download will also give you the Google USB drivers at the same time, which you will need in order for your computer to recognize your Nexus device. If you do decide to install Minimal ADB and Fastboot, you can still download the Google USB drivers separately. We will show you how to do that later. Follow the instructions below for either installing the Android SDK tools or Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Download and install the Android SDK tools Click here to download and install the Android SDK Tools from Google’s developer site. There are choices for Windows, Mac, and Linux. These instructions are for Windows machines. When asked what directory to install the software to, we recommend that you set it to C:android-sdk. If you choose a different location, just make sure you remember it. Once the Android SDK Tools are installed, launch the download from the Start Menu. The SDK Manager will open. Just uncheck everything except Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Driver . Android SDK Platform-tools is at the top and Google USB Driver is toward the bottom. Click on Install 2 packages at the bottom right. Check Accept license and click Install . ADB and Fastboot will now reside in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder if you followed step 2 as outlined. If you chose a different directory, than ADB and Fastboot will reside in the platform-tools folder under whatever location you chose to install the Android SDK Tools to in step 2. Download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot Click here to download minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3.1_setup.exe from the XDA forums. Note: the version number could be different if a newer version is released after this post has been published. Launch the minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.3.1_setup.exe file. When asked which directory to install the software to, we recommend that you set it to C:android-sdkplatform-tools , since we will be using that location for the rest of this guide. If you choose a different location, just make sure you remember it. Next Page: Download the Android Marshmallow system image Download the Android Marshmallow factory image system image Now it’s time to grab the most recent update of the Android Marshmallow factory image, which is available at Google’s Android Developers site. Just make sure to select the version that matches your device. This is very important, because you must flash the Nexus 5 image on a Nexus 5. A Nexus 6 image won’t work on a Nexus 5. You will notice that each device has a bunch of links under it. Google makes it easy to revert back to an older update if you wish. The most recent update is generally at the bottom of the list. As of the time of this post, Android Marshmallow 6.0 is only available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2013) LTE, Nexus 9 Wi-Fi, Nexus 9 LTE, and Nexus Player. It remains to be seen if Google will issue the update to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), or the Nexus 10. Note: Google will post factory images for each and every update moving forward. This means that you can follow this guide again and continue to get the latest version of Android Marshmallow right away without the need to wait until your device receives the OTA update automatically. Next Page: Extracting the contents of the system image Extracting the contents of the system image The downloaded file should have .tgz as its extension, and you need to extract the contents before going further. The best thing to do is download and install 7 Zip. There is an unofficial version for Macs as well. Once 7 Zip is installed on your machine, follow these steps: Open the 7 Zip File Manager and navigate to the folder that you saved the .tgz file in. Double click on the .tgz file. You will now see a file with a .tar extension. Double click on this file to show the contents (this will take about a minute or more). After it has opened, you should have a folder with the codename of your device as part of the title (ex. hammerhead for Nexus 5), Double click on it. You should now see a collection of files. Select all of them, and click on Extract to extract all the contents. Type in the destination C:program files (x86)androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools (if you installed the full SDK) or whatever directory ADB and Fastboot are installed in. Next Page: Enable USB debugging and connecting your Nexus device via USB to your desktop Enable USB debugging and connecting your Nexus device via USB to your desktop Now you need to make sure USB debugging is enabled on your Nexus device. Open Settings on your Nexus device. If you do not see Developer Options toward the bottom of the Settings screen on your device, follow these steps to activate them. Tap on About Phone and find the Build Number . Tap on the Build Number seven times and the Developer Options will appear on the main page of the Settings . Tap on the Back key to see the Developer Options . Tap on Developer Options . Check to enable USB Debugging . Before you connect your device to the USB port on your computer, you want to make sure you have the appropriate drivers installed. You should be all set if you opted to install the Android SDK Tools. If you instead chose to install Minimal ADB and Fastboot, you can grab them here. Since you’re working with a Nexus device, you specifically want the Google USB Drivers. The download will be a zip file, so extract the contents where you wish, and remember the location. Now connect your device via a USB cable, and you are ready to flash the zip file that you extracted earlier. If you’re connecting your Nexus device to your computer for the first time, you will get a popup box on your Nexus device stating what the computer’s RSA Key is. Just check Always Allow From This Computer and tap on OK . If your Nexus device doesn’t show the RSA key popup, then open the notification panel, select USB For Charging Only , and change the mode to Transfer Photos ( PTP) . If your Nexus device still doesn’t show the RSA key popup, then follow these instructions: On your Windows desktop, go to your Control Panel then Device Manager . You should see your Nexus device under Other Devices with a Yellow ! mark on it. Right-click on it and select update driver . Choose Browse my computer for driver software , and choose the directory where the Google USB Drivers are located. If you chose to install the Android SDK tools and followed our instructions, they should be in the C:android-sdkextrasgoogleusb driver folder. If you chose to manually download the Google USB drivers, just navigate to the folder that you archived the contents of the Zip file in. If your Nexus device still doesn’t show the RSA key approval popup, then open the command prompt on your desktop and navigate to the folder where ADB and Fastboot reside. If you followed our instructions from the Installing ADB and Fastboot section, it will be in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder. Just type cdandroid-sdkplatform-tools at the command prompt in Windows. If ADB and Fastboot are somewhere else, just navigate to that location instead. Type “ADB devices” and you should get the following result: The RSA key approval popup should now be visible on your Nexus device. Just check Always Allow From This Computer and tap OK . Type “ADB devices” again, and you should get the following result with a different device key: You are now ready to flash the factory image. Next Page: Flashing the Android Marshmallow factory image Flashing the Android Marshmallow factory image If you’re device doesn’t have an unlocked bootloader, follow the instructions below. This process will require a factory reset, so make sure you have your important data backed up . Open the Command Prompt in Windows or Terminal on a Mac and navigate to the folder that ADB and Fastboot are installed in. Again, if you followed our instructions from the Installing ADB and Fastboot section , it will be in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder. Just type “cdandroid-sdkplatform-tools” at the prompt in Windows. If ADB and Fastboot are somewhere else, just navigate to that location instead. To make things easier, so you don’t have to type out long directories, you can also paste it by pressing ALT and the spacebar , then choose Edit before selecting Paste . If you’re using a Mac, you need to add the platform tools directory to your $PATH. In terminal, type “sudo nano/etc/paths” . Now enter your password, go to the bottom of the file, and enter the full path of the “platform tools” directory. Hit control-x to quit and enter Y to save. The following ADB commands are for Windows machines. If you’re using a Mac, just add “ ./” before each command, for example: “ ./adb reboot bootloader”. Assuming you device is already connected to your computer via USB and USB Debugging is enabled, you need to re-start it in fastboot mode. Follow one of the two methods below. Option A may be preferable because it’s another confirmation that your computer recognizes your Nexus device. A) Type “adb reboot bootloader” B) Turn your device off, then turn it back on while holding down the relevant key combinations for your device. For many devices it’s Volume Up + Volume Down + Power . You can see what your device’s key combinations are here. Type fastboot oem unlock to unlock you device. As a final warning , this step will erase everything on your device. Type flash-all to install the bootloader, baseband firmware(s), and operating system. If you get a missing system.img error , then scroll down to bottom of this page for further instructions. This process could take several minutes, so it’s important not to power off or disconnect the device. Once it’s finished, your device will reboot and the latest version of Android Marshmallow will be installed. You can opt to re-lock the bootloader if you wish, but assuming you will do this again with a future update, you might want to leave it unlocked, so you don’t have to perform a factory reset again. If you do want to re-lock, just follow Step 2 above and change Step 3 to fastboot oem lock . That’s it. If your device already has an unlocked bootloader and you don’t want to do a factory reset and lose your data, follow the instructions below. Open the Command Prompt in Windows or Terminal on a Mac and navigate to the folder that ADB and Fastboot are installed in. Again, if you followed our instructions from the Installing ADB and Fastboot section , it will be in the C:android-sdkplatform-tools folder. Just type “cdandroid-sdkplatform-tools” at the prompt in Windows. If ADB and Fastboot are somewhere else, just navigate to that location instead. To make things easier, so you don’t have to type out long directories, you can also paste it by pressing ALT and the spacebar , then choose Edit before selecting Paste . If you’re using a Mac, you need to add the platform tools directory to your $PATH. In terminal, type “sudo nano/etc/paths” . Now enter your password, go to the bottom of the file, and enter the full path of the “platform tools” directory. Hit control-x to quit and enter Y to save. The following ADB commands are for Windows machines. If you’re using a Mac, just add “ ./” before each command, for example: “ ./adb reboot bootloader”. Assuming you device is already connected to your computer via USB and USB Debugging is enabled, you need to re-start it in fastboot mode. Follow one of the two methods below. Option A may be preferable because it’s another confirmation that your computer recognizes your Nexus device. A) Type “adb reboot bootloader” B) Turn your device off, then turn it back on while holding down the relevant key combinations for your device. For many devices it’s Volume Up + Volume Down + Power . You can see what your device’s key combinations are here. You will need to edit the flash-all.bat file that you extracted from the factory image, which should be in the same directory as ADB and Fastboot. Just open it with any simple text editor such as WordPad. You will see a line that starts with “ fastboot -w update…….. ” Just remove the -w from this line. The -w flag wipes your data, so removing it will obviously stop that from happening. Type flash-all to install the bootloader, baseband firmware(s), and operating system. If you get a missing system.img error , then scroll down to bottom of this page for further instructions. This process could take several minutes, so it’s important not to power off or disconnect the device. Once it’s finished, your device will reboot and the latest version of Android Marshmallow will be installed. If you get a missing system.img error in Step 4 of either method, then follow these instructions Extract all the files from the .zip file, which happens to be one of the files extracted from the original .tgz you downloaded from Google. The Zip file name probably begins with “image.” There should be various .img files within this Zip file. On top of this, you already have bootloader and radio .img files in the same directory. Just make sure all the .img files (from Zip file) and the ones that were already extracted are in the same directory as ADB and fastboot. Now you are going to flash each .img file separately. If you don’t have either one of the bootloader or radio .img files, don’t worry, not all devices need them. It’s also important to follow this exact order. At the CMD prompt and in the C:program files (x86)androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools directory (if you installed the full SDK) or wherever ADB and fastboot reside. Remember, add ./ before each command if you’re using a Mac. type fastboot flash bootloader [name of your file] .img type fastboot flash radio [name of your file] .img type fastboot reboot-bootloader type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img type fastboot flash boot boot.img type fastboot flash system system.img If your device is a Nexus 9, then also issue this command – fastboot flash vendor vendor.img Lastly, if you want, you can wipe the cache with this command – fastboot flash cache cache.img Now it’s time to enjoy your Android Marshmallow update. You can follow this guide again when Google issues its next Android Marshmallow update, so be sure to bookmark this page for later reference. If we missed anything, or if you have any other tips, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments. Previous updates: Updated on 01-08-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Google released the January 2016 security patch in early January. You can still follow this guide to install that update on your Nexus device since the download link page remains the same. Updated on 12-09-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Google released the 6.0.1 update, but you can still follow this guide to install the newest version on your Nexus device since the download link page is still the same.
General Motors’ Germany-based Opel division has given the pocket-sized Mokka crossover a facelift, a new range-topping engine, and a less cluttered cabin with a state-of-the-art infotainment system. Now called Mokka X, the crossover won’t be sold on our side of the pond with an Opel emblem on the grille but it gives us an accurate preview of what we can expect from the upcoming 2017 Buick Encore. All new, the Mokka X’s front end is characterized by sharper-looking headlights, a bold, shield-shaped grille with a wing-like insert, and a hood with three ripples. Around back, the updates are more minor and largely limited to new-look LED tail lamps and a redesigned bumper. Overall, the X falls in line with Opel’s latest design language while looking markedly more grown up than the rather cutesy four-year-old Mokka it replaces. The upgrades continue in the cabin, where the Mokka X receives a more streamlined dashboard whose design is inspired by the one found in the new Astra hatchback. Opel has thankfully tossed out dozens of buttons on the center console and replaced them with a seven-inch touchscreen that runs a new version of its IntelliLink infotainment system — compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The list of options includes GM’s OnStar service — which is fairly new in Europe — an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a lane-departure warning system. Mechanically, the big news is that Mokka X buyers can select a turbocharged, direct-injected 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Already found under the hood of the Encore Sport Touring, the four-banger ships exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission and adaptive all-wheel drive. A start/stop system promises to keep gas mileage and CO2 emissions in check. Related: Opel’s vastly-improved 2016 Astra promises to be everything its predecessor wasn’t The 2016 Opel Mokka X will be presented to the public next month at the Geneva Auto Show, where it will share the spotlight with Opel’s head-turning GT concept. The hot-selling Buick Encore is expected to receive many of the same interior and exterior updates in time for the 2017 model year. Official information hasn’t been published yet, but Buick has confirmed the 2017 Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show that will open its doors late next month. Updated 2/05/2016 by Ronan Glon: Amended the article to reflect that the New York Show opens in late March.
Multimedia messaging app WhatsApp is upping the limit on group conversations from 100 to 256 participants, if an Android update is anything to go by. WhatsApp appears to be rolling out the feature across its user base.
Video chat app Glide is one of the first to make use of a major feature in the latest version of Android Wear. It has added video messaging and dictation to your smartwatch, meaning you can have (albeit one-sided) real-time video conversations from your wrist, without having to bother with your phone. It looks great, but annoyingly, it’s really hard to get right now. Glide is already a well-known messaging app on its own, enabling you to record and send short video messages to friends, instead of tapping out an SMS or making a call. It’s easy to respond with your own video, or by using emoji. There’s never been any typing involved with Glide’s app, and that’s what makes it perfect for smartwatches. Related: Hands-on with the Casio WSD-F10 smartwatch Well, almost perfect. While you can watch received video messages from friends on your watch, you can’t send them back unless you grab your phone, because of course, Android Wear watches don’t have cameras. Instead, it’s an emoji or a voice-only message in response, if you’re intent on only using your smartwatch. It still looks great though, and there’s something very sci-fi cool about seeing video playing on a watch. Unfortunately, there’s another restriction on who will get to use Glide’s new app too. So you can actually hear what’s said in the video, your smartwatch needs to have a built-in speaker, and that’s a bit of a rarity. If the watch on your wrist isn’t the Huawei Watch or the Asus ZenWatch 2, then you’re out of luck. However, this will change in the future as more watches are released with tiny speakers, but if you’ve only just purchased a Moto 360, a Fossil Q Founder, or even a TAG Heuer Carrera Connected, then Glide’s cool video messages will play back like a silent movie. The final hurdle in getting Glide’s video messaging feature is that you also need the latest version of Android Wear on your watch, but at least that’s on its way very soon. Once it’s onboard, fire up the updated Glide app and give the feature a try.
HTC has leaked the manual to its forthcoming Vive VR headset, detailing not only how to use the device, but also how new owners will need to set up their VR room. The manual starts off with a simple instruction to, “pull the headset down over your eyes,” but in reality (that’s real reality), before you get to that stage, there’s some redecorating to be done. The Vive knows where you are in a room, letting you move around in the virtual world. To do this, the headset relies on two base stations to track movement in a space. These are included in the Vive pack, and require some effort to set up, beginning with the preparation of the room itself. HTC calls this the “play area,” and recommends it’s a minimum of 5 x 6.5 feet in size, or a meter by two meters. Related: Hands-on with the HTC Vive Pre Obviously, because your vision is going to be obscured, the area needs to be cleared of obstacles or dangers. Moving chairs and other items of furniture is a given, but HTC also says it’s best to “remove or cover mirrors or reflective surfaces.” It doesn’t say this is for safety purposes — in case you go crashing into one — but mentions them at the same time as saying the curtains should be drawn and direct light minimized, suggesting they may mess around with the tracking. Got a cat/dog/rabbit/other-free-roaming-pet? It’s got to go. Tripping over Fido when in the VR realm won’t be much fun. HTC says the computer to which the Vive is linked must be outside the play area, but the cable joining it up doesn’t extend further than five meters. Then it’s time to put those base stations up, and they need to be somewhere high up, on a big tripod, a bookshelf, or attached to the wall or ceiling. The maximum distance between the two is five meters, which could cause logistical problems, depending on the shape and size of the room. Once you’re done, the SteamVR app will finish the setup process. If you’ve still got the energy after all that, you’ll almost be ready to experience the Vive VR. You’ll also envy anyone with the space to permanently map out a Vive play area, without calling the removal men in every time you feel like a quick game. Alternatively, the Vive can be used while seated or standing in one spot, but you will be missing out on part of the Vive’s joy. You can check out the entire manual here. The HTC Vive VR headset will go up for pre-order on February 29, ready for release in April.
When Seth Grahame-Smith mixed classic literature with fanboy fads in the 2009 novel Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, he inadvertently set off a short-lived publishing mania for monster mash-ups. The formula was simple — start with a public-domain classic like Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice, add pulpy horror and action, turn any tense scene into a blatant brawl. And with the original authors generally supplying the plotting, plus as much as 85 percent of the text for free, mash-up books could be turned around quickly and with minimal effort. The original P&P&Z made national news and the New York Times bestseller list, and Grahame-Smith's publisher, Quirk Books, followed with more: Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters, Android Karenina, a P&P&Z prequel and sequel.
Though Unity is the popular candidate for VR game engines, it hasn’t prevented its competitors from trying. Epic Games, for instance, is widely known not only for its beloved franchises like Unreal and Gears of War, but for licensing out the engine that powers those games as well. Unreal Engine has powered everything from BioShock to Batman, and now it’s getting full-on VR support. Epic plans to demonstrate the technology first at the Game Developers Conference in March, where it will show how game designers will be able to create and iterate on their creations with a set of motion controllers in their hands and a headset, whether it be an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, on their face. “As soon as we got our hands on the first Oculus, we were intrigued by the possibilities,” Mike Fricker, a Technical Director at Epic told Ars Technica. “[Co-founder] Mark Rein came to us in 2013 with the first Oculus DK1 and asked about getting an editor in VR.” Presently, the VR rendition of the Unreal Engine editor is all about placing and scaling art assets in a 3D environment. You won’t be able to actually create these assets in-engine, as an Oculus Touch controller or HTC Vive wand is essentially the VR equivalent of a Wii Remote — meaning it would be a god-awful modeling tool. With those controllers, however, developers will have the ability to move around the world they’ve conceived, making minor edits to their objects from above. Related: VR porn controller hits overwhelming crowdfunding demand, creators press pause Fortunately, the system Epic has in place isn’t just limited to 3D games, as the company promises utilities optimized for 2D games as well. “The ability in VR to move things 1:1 in space just makes you more efficient,” explains Fricker. “Especially when it comes to repeating that action 1,000 times a day to lay out a level. We think this tool will help any developer create content.” There’s even an “iPad-like” system that lets users pull up text menus in a traditional Windows fashion, although based on the YouTube preview Epic has included, it doesn’t look like it would be intuitive to use for more complex tasks. Epic does note, though, that this aspect in particular is still being worked on. It’s not hard to see why. Higher-ups at Epic recognize that one of the most difficult parts of bringing the traditional Unreal Editor to VR is the alteration of its user interface. “The 2D UI adapting to 3D space is probably the most challenging part of this project,” Fricker admits. “We have a start, of presenting editor panels as floating UI iPads. What’s the next thing you want? Maybe to drop the iPad somewhere, resize it, attach it to the wall of your Vive tracking space and configure a static layout like that, so when you navigate a scene, it comes with you.” While it’s an interesting prospect, our main concern, too, is translating the UI. Nonetheless, we’ll see what Epic Games has in store for us when it exhibits Unreal Engine VR for the first time come March 16 at the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center.
Whether you're an iPhone user or partial to Android, one thing smartphone users across the board can enjoy equally is an absolutely endless selection of apps. Today, both the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store each house more than 1.5 million applications. Even better, the days of top applications being exclusive to one platform or the other appear to be winding down. That said, if we look at a list of the most popular apps, it quickly becomes apparent that the mobile app experience is still dominated by big time players. DON'T MISS: Scientists may have just found a ninth planet and it’s massive Comscore this week released data covering the top 15 smartphone apps across both
Do you own an Android Wear smartwatch and seethe with jealousy when you see your Apple Watch-touting compatriot answer a call from his or her wrist? Fret not. Starting now, Google is rolling out a big update — 1.4 Marshmallow — to Android Wear devices that’ll let you channel your inner Dick Tracy by making and listening to calls on supported smartwatches. But that’s not the only feature in tow. The new firmware adds voice dictation for third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, plus wacky new gestures with which to perform the various functions of your watch. Phone call support is the undoubted highlight, and works exactly as you’d expect. If you’re the lucky owner of an Android Wear watch with a built-in speaker — i.e., the Huawei Watch or Asus ZenWatch 2 — you can initiate or receive calls from your wristwatch instead of your phone. The update lets you put that speaker to good use in other ways, too. You can listen to voicemails and audio from apps such as Glide. Related: Watchphones are coming: Google updates Android Wear with cellular connectivity Luckily for the many folks whose Android Wear watch lacks the aforementioned speaker, calling isn’t the only new luxury that the update affords. Third-party messaging services such as Telegram, WhatsApp, and Viber now sport wrist-based dictation via a new contextual command — saying “OK Google, Send a WhatsApp message” will, for example, send a WhatsApp message. And last but not least, new gestures make it easier to expand and scroll through notifications one-handed … in theory. The new gestures require a bit of explanation. To expand an Android Wear card, you hold your arm away from your body and push quickly downward, as if depressing a bicycle pump. Repeating that motion moves through the selected card’s actions (e.g., “Open on phone” or “Block app”). To go back to a previous screen, you hold your arm out and do the reverse: pivot upward. To return to the watch’s face, you shake your wrist in any direction. Finally, to open the settings menu from the watch face, you turn your wrist away from you and then quickly flick it quickly — quickly! — back toward you. Got it? Good. Related: Android Wear 5.1.1 update news: Moto 360 joins the list of watches with the update Convoluted new gestures (to put it mildly) aside, update 1.4 Marshmallow is the latest in a series of significant, recent upgrades to Android Wear. In November, Google introduced cellular support for watches with the requisite radios, and in June, it added emoji drawing and Wi-Fi connectivity. With the successor to the Apple Watch rumored to be unveiled in Fall alongside the iPhone 7, the improvements can’t come soon enough. Waiting frantically for the update? Google says it’ll roll out to all Android Wear watches over the next few weeks.
There is a typical pattern of responses when you tell someone that virtual reality porn is a thing now: uncomfortable giggling, followed by speculation about what sorts of physical peripherals would help make the experience even more immersive, which then in turn lapses into even more giggling. Perhaps inevitably, someone with engineering chops has followed through on this pervy dream, and now you can go to Indiegogo and order your own VirtuaDolls, “an adult game controller where touch and feedback are taken to the next level.” Or you could, until the campaign was frozen. VirtuaDolls has informed Digital Trends that the campaign has been temporarily suspended due to overwhelming demand. Massive interest in the controller apparently outstripped their planned production capacity, and so the designers opted to pause and rejigger the campaign to better suit their newfound demand. When we last checked the campaign, it had raised $7,231 of its $20,000 goal with 35 days to go before concluding. About $200 plus shipping would net you the controller with a plain sleeve and the Girls of Arcadia game included. Additional sleeves or the vacuum kit could be added on for $50 each. With a functioning prototype already in hand, they had planned on shipping the first units in May. Creator Eos Creative Group’s Bill Spracklin told us that “demand went through the roof,” shortly after the campaign’s launch. Eos’ staff of three was not prepared to meet that demand within the promised time frame, and Spracklin felt that it was “the responsible thing” to pause and reassess now, rather than “figuring it out later.” “We reached an average of eight sold an hour before putting the campaign on hold,” Spracklin told us. “I don’t have the exact numbers on hand, but I believe we received 30 percent of our funding goal in a 24 hour window. Sales numbers were increasing at an alarming rate and we were tracking to sell over 5,000 units, which would have put the campaign at well over $1 million. We had not anticipated that kind of demand and decided to put the campaign on hold before the numbers went insane.” #VirtuaDolls had to be put on hold for a couple weeks. Rest assured we will be back! Just have to take steps to prep for a larger demand! — VirtuaDolls (@VirtuaDolls) February 2, 2016 The second reason for putting the campaign on hold was “that some of the electrical components we use are very new to the market, and are quite expensive.” Unsure of whether they could procure enough for production, they have taken this opportunity to tweak the design, swapping out some of the electronics “as well as improving the overall aesthetic and ergonomics.” A benefit of this is that it will drive the price down by 25 percent to around $150. The VirtuaDoll consists of a silicone sheath into which a man inserts his joystick, similar to a Fleshlight. Interchangeable sheaths with different textures allow for varying sensations. A pressure sensor determines the occupant’s position within the sheath. In concert with a mechanized gripper for “intelligent stroke movement,” this allows for the VirtuaDolls controller to sync up the sensation to the action. An optional vacuum attachment “adds suction capabilities and an easy-clean system.” Sex toy maker Kirroo introduced a comparable system last year with its Onyx “hands-free male masturbator,” which can be synced to both VR porn movies or remotely to an analogous Pearl dildo (pitched as a sexual solution for long-distance relationships). VirtuaDolls goes further with the addition of sensors and control elements, allowing for interactivity instead of just a passive experience. Related: I tried VR porn in a CES hotel suite, and I’ll never be the same The VirtuaDolls can also sync up with VR porn videos for a passive experience, but has handles with joysticks on either side for pornographic games. The controller will come bundled with a VR porn game of their own design called Girls of Arcadia . Featured in the pitch video, Girls of Arcadia is a sexy fantasy adventure that apparently involves slaying monsters to rescue captive goddesses who are very grateful. It looks like what those browser games with provocative, clickbaity banner ads like Evony promise to be. At launch, the VirtuaDolls controller will be compatible with the PC Oculus Rift, and the Unreal Engine — a VR headset is ideal, but not actually necessary to use it. Compatibility with OSX, the HTC Vive headset, and the Unity3D engine are planned for after launch. There are stretch goals in place for additional compatibility with Android, iOS, and the Google Cardboard platform, as well. An FAQ also reveals that if this campaign is successful they will develop the inverse, “female version of the product.” Eos plans to relaunch the campaign on Tuesday, February 9.
Mobile payments aren’t exactly new. In fact, all previous attempts to kill the wallet have failed miserably. However, now that Apple Pay is available to all iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, mobile payments are heating up. Banks, stores, and companies are jumping on the bandwagon and eagerly pledging their support for Apple Pay. It seems as if new partners are joining every day, so we’ve put together this handy list of all the major partners, which we’ll update as more are added. Here are all the brands and countries that support Apple Pay. Updated on 02-04-2016 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay now works in 2 million locations and is rolling out at Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain — among other places. Click on a link to go to a section: List of stores List of countries List of banks Use on Apple Watch List of apps Apple Pay works at 2 million locations Apple Pay has come a long way since it first arrived in September 2014. In early February 2016, the company announced that its mobile payment service now works in more than 2 million locations. Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain are the most recent additions to the long list of retail partners who support Apple Pay. At the Recode mobile conference in October 2015, Apple VP Jennifer Bailey said Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s restaurants would all accept Apple Pay in 2016, with the former starting a trail run before the end of this year. Don’t get too excited just yet, there’s no firm action date for any of them. Apple started out with just 220,000 locations back in September 2014, and the number has grown month after month, despite initial resistance from competing mobile payment platforms. Rite Aid, a founding member of the exclusionary, rival CurrentC consortium, has reversed course and announced it’ll support Apple Pay and other contactless transaction methods soon. All of the company’s 4,600 stories will begin accepting contactless payments starting August 15, according to a press release. Rite Aid isn’t the first supporter of the CurrentC platform to change its mind about Apple Pay, which indicates that the tide is turning in NFC’s favor. Several big box retailers support Apple Pay, including Best Buy. Target is also reported to have plans for Apple Pay in the pipeline. Target CEO Brian Cornell told Recode the retailer will add chip and PIN technology to its checkouts before the holiday season of 2015, but Apple Pay will have to wait. Still, the CEO sounded optimistic that Apple Pay will soon be available at Target. On Apple’s website, the company lists its own store, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Duane Reade, McDonald’s, Sephora, Petco, Panera Bread, Staples, Nike, Walgreens, Subway, Whole Foods, Marriott, and more as participating stores. The list continues to grow, with dozens of clothing stores, restaurants, and other retailers signing up. Also, chances are, if you see the NFC mobile payments symbol on a cash register, Apple Pay will work at that store, too. Related: Apple Watch uses skin contact to secure mobile payments Apple Pay already works in 40,000 Coca Cola vending machines, but tap to pay will roll out to 100,000 Coke machines before 2016 arrives. Also, thanks to an earlier deal with USA Technologies, 200,000 vending machines and self-service terminals will now support Apple Pay. You’ll be able to tap-to-pay at vending machines, laundromats, parking terminals, and other automated check out systems with your iPhone instead of pulling out quarters and crinkled dollar bills. In September, iPhone users will be able to pay admission to national parks with Apple Pay, Tim Cook announced at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. @SingAsana To clarify, Chevron is working alongside Apple to integrate Apple Pay at the pump, but a timeline is not set. — Chevron (@Chevron) December 29, 2014 You can already pay for your gas with Apple Pay at many gas stations, but you have to go inside to do so. Since most customers prefer to pay at the pump, Chevron announced via Twitter that it’s working with Apple to bring Apple Pay to the pump. Although there’s no official timeline set for the debut of tap-to-pay terminals at the pump, Chevron stated earlier that the new service may arrive at select gas stations as early as 2015. Just weeks before the launch, we saw businesses gearing up for the payment system’s big debut. The Panera Bread right below our New York office has new payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Even our local Foodtown grocery store in Queens, NY has signs posted at every register, announcing support for Apple Pay. Apple Pay will also branch out to more large venues and tourist attractions, such as amusement parks and stadiums. The mobile payment service already works in select stadiums’ concession stands around the country. In late December 2014, WDMagic revealed that a few Disney World locations will accept Apple Pay on Christmas Eve, with more locations to follow in 2015. The vast majority of stores, quick service restaurants, bars, and ticket sales booths for rides and other attractions will accept mobile payments from the start. Full-service, sit-down restaurants will receive the technology later on. More and more banks support Apple Pay Apple already has deals inked with the four major credit and debit card providers: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Previously, only personal AmEx cards were supported, but in early August, American Express added support for corporate cards. Apple also has the support of more than 600 banks and credit unions as of October 20, 2015. “Businesses today are going digital, and American Express is at the forefront of digital innovation, helping companies to streamline their payments systems and simplify their processes,” said Greg Keeley, the Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Payments at American Express. “We continue to invest and expand digital offerings for our corporate customers in ways that maximize security and enhance the user experience.” In late April, credit card provider Discover finally signed a deal with Apple that will bring Apple Pay to those with Discover credit cards in the fall of 2015. Now, every major credit card company in the U.S. has Apple Pay support. In addition, many of America’s leading banks, including Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, and Wells Fargo have signed up. Users can even send money transfers from Apple Pay at Western Union locations. By the start of August 2015, Apple Pay had gained support from more than 400 institutions in the U.S. alone, including many small, regional banks. You can check out Apple’s full list here. In early July, the company added 23 more banks, including major credit unions that serve 450,000 people in Texas. In February at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple Pay will soon support government employees’ credit cards, federal benefit cards for veterans, and social security benefit cards. According to Bloomberg, the government’s deal with Apple Pay includes the Direct Express payment network and government cards from GSA SmartPay. Related: Tim Cook says money will be forgotten by history, thanks to Apple Pay At the summit, Cook also hinted that Apple Pay will replace every card in your wallet one day — even drivers’ licenses. “We can imagine a day the not-so-distant future when your wallet becomes a remnant of the past,” he said. “Your passport, your driver’s license, and other important documents can be digitally stored in a way that’s safe, secure, and easy to access.” By mid-December, Apple confirmed to the New York Times it supports cards “that represent about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States.” The company most recently added SunTrust, Barclaycard, USAA, TD Bank North America, and Commerce Bank to its list of partners. As such, anyone who’s a customer at these banks has the ability to link up their credit or debit cards with Apple Pay and make payments on the go at any store that accepts Apple Pay. Related: Apple Pay: What is it and how do I use it? We explain PNC, US Bank, and Navy Federal Credit Union also support Apple Pay. Seeing as the system supports the most popular credit and debit card makers, it seems likely that many other small banks are following suit. During its October iPad launch event, Apple announced that 500 more banks agreed to support Apple Pay when it launched in October. By October 20, 2015, Apple had added 100 more banks and credit unions to the list, bringing the total above 600. For a full list of banks that work with Apple Pay, follow the link. Non-traditional banking and payment companies are also pledging support for the system. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Square, told CBC that Square will support Apple Pay and Bitcoin payments on its newest registers. Square’s registers are widely used by artists, small indie shops, and other stores, especially in large cities. Alternative registers from First Data’s Clover and others like Poynt, already support Apple Pay. A French payment company called Ingenico recently signed a deal with a Spanish luxury brand named Loewe to let customers use Apple Pay. Twitter is also reportedly testing a buy button on its site that will support Apple Pay. Apple Pay around the world Initially, Apple Pay only worked in the United States, but Apple is interested in brining the service to users in many countries. Australia, Canada, the U.K., and most recently, China have all joined the list of countries where Apple Pay is rolling out. Hong Kong, Singapore, and Spain should also get the service soon. Related: Apple Pay coming to China in early 2016, company announces The first country to get Apple Pay other than the States was the U.K. You can read our full guide to Apple Pay in the U.K. here. Now, the payment system also works in Canada and Australia, albeit in a limited capacity. Only Canadians and Australians with American Express cards can use the service at present, but AmEx cards that have been co-branded with banks won’t work. The Sydney Morning Herald says there are 6.8 million AmEx cards out of 42 million credit cards in the country, which is pretty decent. It’s also unclear how many stores in Canada and Australia will support Apple Pay, though Tim Hortons, Indigo, McDonald’s, Petro Canada, and Staples were mentioned for Canada. In Australia, the stores include David Jones, Myer, McDonald’s, K-Mart, Telstra, Coles, Woolworths, Target, Starbucks, Officeworks, Hoyts, Zara, Bunnings, and Shell. Other banks and stores will likely join the service soon in both countries. In mid-October, TD Canada Trust accidentally leaked that Apple Pay would arrive as early as November. The bank quickly apologized for the mistake on is website, but this leak could indicate that TD Canada Trust will soon be a partner. Related: Square now accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay in 100 local businesses and counting Earlier on, sources stated that Apple is in talks with Canada’s six biggest banks, which account for 90 percent of all bank accounts in the country, to bring the mobile payment service to their customers, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and National Bank of Canada, were all mentioned in the report. Apparently, the banks may launch Apple Pay at different times, unnamed sources said, because some have bigger concerns over Apple’s requirements than others. Apparently, Apple may charge Canadian banks more to use Apple Pay than it charges American banks. Another sticking point may be worries over security and fraud. Some banks want to require the use of a PIN number in addition to the Apple Pay process, which is authorized with a fingerprint scan. Naturally, Apple may object to that request, if it’s made, because it will slow down the mobile payment process. In Australia, transaction fees seem to be a sore point, too, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. In the U.S., Apple reportedly gets about 15 cents on every $100 spent. In Australia, most banks charge a smaller transaction fee of just 50 cents per $100 spent, and in the U.S., that number is $1 for every $100 spent. The Herald report states that Apple is demanding the same cut of the transaction fee in Australia that it gets in America, even though the fees are different. Similar objections have been raised by other countries, including China. Australian banks are also concerned that Apple Pay may distract customers away from their new products. However, the biggest reason why Australian banks are leery of the deal seems to be that they have to pay money into a fund called the New Payments Platform, which aims to bring a new payment option to Australian customers and businesses. The banks worry that Apple pay may be included in the new system without having to pay its fair share to join. These issues could be resolved, though. Additionally, Visa Europe stated that it is working with Apple to bring the feature to Europe as soon as possible. On February 24, Visa Europe announced the launch of something called “tokenisation,” a super secure way of conducting mobile payments without exposing card and account details. Beyond that, it’s easily disabled in the event of a phone being stolen. Tokenization was a key driver in Apple Pay’s launch in the U.S., and is in use by Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. Its official introduction in Europe indicate’s Visa is making sure it’s prepared for Apple Pay’s eventual launch, which may by hastened by this important step. According to the press release, Visa tokenization will be online in mid-April. Related: Apple limits NFC on iPhone 6 models to Apple Pay In mid-December, a pair of job postings popped up on Apple’s website for a London-based intern who would “drive the roll-out” of Apple’s new mobile payment system across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa. The post was spotted by iClarified before Apple removed it. The intern would be responsible for forging partnerships with “payment networks and merchants across Europe,” the job description reads. Based on this report, it seems likely that Apple Pay will arrive in Europe relatively soon. You can use Apple Pay on Apple Watch, too Although we already more or less knew that Apple Pay worked on the Apple Watch, now we’ve seen a demo of it at Apple’s Spring Forward event. Seeing as the Apple Watch has NFC technology built-in, it too can tap to pay. With the Apple Watch, you don’t have to physically tap it against the terminal, you just need to get close enough for it to register. A tap of the side button will bring up your credit card, and then you’re good to go. Applications Online shoppers will also be pleased to note that Apple Pay works with several apps, and more will be added shortly. The Apple Store, Target, AirBnB, Uber, Lyft, Groupon, Instacart, OpenTable, Panera Bread, Sephora, Spring, Starbucks, Tickets.com, and other apps all work with the new system. We’ll continue to update this article as more partners are announced. Next page: A list of article updates Previous updates: Updated on 11-19-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay launched in Australia. Updated on 11-17-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay launched in Canada and is coming to Australia next. Updated on 11-16-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added rumors that Apple Pay may launch in Canada on November 17. Updated on 10-20-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay works with more than 600 banks and credit unions as October 20, 2015. Also added new rumor that Apple Pay will arrive in Canada this November. Jump to the list of countries and list of banks for more. Updated on 10-09-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news that Apple Pay will come to Starbucks, KFC, and others in 2016. Updated on 08-18-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple’s plans for an Australian launch have hit a snag. Updated on 08-11-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added news that Rite Aid will begin supporting Apple Pay on August 15. Updated on 08-11-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that American Express corporate cards will now work with Apple Pay. Updated on 07-07-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 23 more banks now support Apple Pay, and some U.K. users with the Santander bank have set up their cards on Apple Pay already, even though the official rollout hasn’t happened yet. Updated on 06-02-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 12 more banks have been adding, brining the total up to more than 300 institutions. Updated on 05-28-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that may Target add Apple Pay support soon, but chip and PIN technology comes first. Updated on 04-28-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Discover credit cards will soon have Apple Pay support. Updated on 04-17-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may launch in November in Canada. Updated on 03-09-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay is now accepted in 700,000 locations, will work with 100,000 coke vending machines before 2016, and can be used on the Apple Watch. Updated on 02-24-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news that Visa has introduced new payment technology which could pave the way for Apple Pay’s launch in Europe. Updated on 02-13-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay is headed to national parks and will support government employees’ debit cards, the federal payment cards for veterans, and social security benefit cards. Updated on 01-27-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 200,000 self-serve kiosks and vending machines will support Apple Pay. Added news that Western Union will support money transfers from Apple Pay. Updated on 12-30-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Chevron may install new payment terminals with support for Apple Pay at gas station pumps. Updated on 12-29-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may hit the UK in 2015, as Apple enters talks with banks. Updated on 12-22-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may soon arrive at select Disney World locations. Updated on 12-18-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that Apple Pay may soon arrive in Europe, based on recent job postings. Updated on 12-16-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that 90 percent of credit cards now work with Apple Pay. Updated on 10-16-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Apple Pay will launch with 500 banks a partners and many more retailers who will accept it when it launches on October 20.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is almost here, and now we’re into 2016, the rumors are gathering pace considerably. The phone’s sounding like another strong, high-spec device, with plenty to get excited about — so here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s Project Lucky, also known as the Galaxy S7, so far. Updated on 02-04-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that the Galaxy S7 might have been approved by the FCC. Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge rumors and news Click on a link to jump to a topic: Release date and price High-quality design Processor and specs Amazing camera A better user experience Screen sizes and pressure sensitive screen Release date and pricing The Galaxy S7’s release date remains a mystery, but there’s a good chance it’ll be sooner rather than later, since it appears that the FCC has approved it. This is an important step, since Samsung wouldn’t be allowed to sell the phone in the U.S. until the FCC gave its blessing. Although the FCC documents don’t specifically refer to the device as the Galaxy S7, there is a strong chance that it is based on the model number of SM-G930, which leaked previously. Unfortunately, an image of the phone wasn’t offered up, but the FCC ID Label and Location page gives us a general idea of its shape. Assuming the SM-G930 is indeed the Galaxy S7, we now know the model numbers of the U.S. carrier versions, thanks to the documents. They are SM-G930A (AT&T), SM-G930P (Sprint), SM-G930T (T-Mobile), SM-G930R4 (U.S. Cellular), and SM-G930V (Verizon). Again, we can’t confirm these models numbers are for the Galaxy S7, but it’s very likely. The Galaxy S7 could get officially unveiled very soon. Samsung will hold a press event on February 21 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it’ll show off “The next Galaxy,” according to the blurb. While it’s not confirmed, there’s a strong chance the new Galaxy S7 will be revealed. Some reports initially suggested the phone would have an early launch, but this is looking less likely as we draw closer to Mobile World Congress, which has been Samsung’s location-of-choice to launch the last few Galaxy S phones. Related: Get ready to roll: Samsung patents show flexible, foldable phones and tablets An early release was rumored due to Samsung reportedly moving to a streamlined development process, dubbed “Agile,” that aims to shave months off of its design-to-sale device cycle. The company apparently wanted to finalize the S7 by December, which could have translated into an early 2016 launch. Korea Investment predicted in early December that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress in late February 2016, while ET News reported in mid-October that Samsung could announce the Galaxy S7 in January, one to two months earlier than normal. The man who leaked the correct date for the Galaxy S5 Unpacked event, Ivan Luchkov, tweeted that Samsung will host the Galaxy S7 Unpacked event on February 20, 2016. This date coincides with the very beginning of Mobile World Congress fever in Spain. In late January, @evleaks tweeted the Galaxy S7 may be released in the U.S. on March 11, although he didn’t discuss the launch event date. LG will hold an event at MWC on February 21. In late December, a poster on Sina Weibo hinted that Samsung may launch the Galaxy S7 in March 2016. The post showed pictures from a China Mobile presentation, and one of the slides appears to mention the arrival of the Galaxy S7 at the carrier in March. The slide also lists a tentative price of 3,000 yuan for the device. This converts to a very reasonable $456, but is very different to a report from Sam Mobile in early January 2016, which estimated the Galaxy S7 will have the same price as the Galaxy S6, or around $700 without a contract. Prior to this, a report from December 2015 suggested the Galaxy S7 could cost more than the Galaxy S6 because of the rumored iris scanner. Samsung continues to feel the pressure from other lower cost handsets, so there is a chance it will change things up with the Galaxy S7. Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang thinks that Samsung will likely cut the price on the Galaxy S7 in order to boost sales. According to Jiutang, this cut could be as much as 10 percent. This means that if you paid $650 (off contract) for the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 could come in as low as $585. As nice as that would be, it not at all certain that it would be enough. The Nexus 6P is priced at $500 for 32GB, and appears to be a good starting point. Similar design, but even higher quality Until February 2016, the Galaxy S7 stayed well hidden from the camera, when an official-looking press image was leaked on Twitter by @evleaks. Resplendent in a cool black color scheme, if this is evidence of the final design, the Galaxy S7 will disappoint anyone wanting a complete change from the Galaxy S6. Apparently showing the S7 and S7 Edge, the shape remains very similar to the 2015 phones, and does fit with previous leaks. The home button shape differs to the one on a leaked front panel though. However, it’s far from official yet. Prior to this, an image of what could be the front panel leaked in early January 2016, and aside from a familiar Galaxy S6 design, there were a few notable changes. The first is that the home button appears to be longer, which could indicate an upgraded fingerprint sensor. Secondly, the volume rocker has been moved to the right side. Speaking of the right side, you will also notice the proximity and light sensor now reside to the right of the top speaker rather than the left. The placement of the volume rocker and sensors differs from the leaked case renders below. We do have to stress that images such as these are not official and are likely one of several prototypes. It remains to be seen if Samsung will utilize this same design for the final product. Leaked images of the Galaxy S7 shown in a case from December also revealed a similar design to the Galaxy S6. However, the home button is more rectangular and the sensors at the top are much smaller. Galaxy S7 may just be one device in the Galaxy S7 family, if some rumors are correct. Twitter user Evan Blass, popularly known as @evleaks, released an image in December 2015 that shows the names of four different Galaxy s7 devices. These include the Galaxy S7, the S7 Plus, the S7 Edge, and the S7 Edge Plus. It’s certainly going to be a mouthful to say the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Plus, but this leak affirms the other rumors flying around about the Edge and Plus variants. While we can’t verify the claims made by the leak, it’s certainly interesting to see that Samsung may go for a four-variant device launch for the upcoming Galaxy S7. Well isn’t this interesting… pic.twitter.com/imbSzQslcH — Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 11, 2015 Tech website uSwitch and Twitter user Steve Hemmerstoffer, known as @OnLeaks, have collaborated to release high-quality renders of the Galaxy S7 based off blueprints they received. The video shows a similar design to the Galaxy S6, which also supports a report out of Korea in early December indicating that Samsung will reuse the Galaxy S6 design for the Galaxy S7. Related: Google might step in and make TouchWiz faster and less buggy The video shows the “plus” variant of the Galaxy S7, and uSwitch says the blueprints are the same as those supplied to third-party accessory manufacturers ahead of a phone’s launch. We can’t vouch for the credibility of the renders, but with rumors and speculation flying about, it does look like Samsung might opt for an early launch date in January or February. Here comes the latest @OnLeaks x @uSwitchTech Collab! #Samsung‘s #GalaxyS7Plus animated CAD! https://t.co/mXi1Hz7Hqb pic.twitter.com/kYe1n8GWjY — OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) December 10, 2015 The plus variant looks as though it will feature a 6-inch screen, according to renders from uSwitch and @OnLeaks, and it also looks like the S7 will not feature a USB Type-C port, opting for the standard Micro USB slot. That would be unfortunate if true as USB Type-C, like that on the Nexus 5X and 6P, allows for faster data transfers and quicker charging. The images also show the front-facing camera has been moved closer to the edge, compared to that on the Galaxy S6. The physical home button is also more rectangular, slightly wider, and thinner than the S6. uSwitch is reporting that the S7 Plus’s button is 18mm x 5mm, while the S6’s measures 16mm x 6.7mm. The SIM tray has also been moved further down that where it was on the S6. Although the Galaxy S7 might look the same, Samsung might still make improvements to the quality of materials. The S6 featured a frame made of 6013 aluminum with a glass back, making it the best Galaxy S phone in terms of quality. However, the Galaxy S7 might go one step further. A report out of China in mid-October claimed the phone will have a much stronger frame built from magnesium alloy. Samsung is also expected to utilize a similar glass back as well. High-end specs and a return to Qualcomm’s processors As the purported release date of the Galaxy S7 looms closer, leaks and rumors are flying about, with the latest being that the flagship device will be capable of 17 hours of continuous video playback at full brightness. The latest leak comes from the editor-in-chief of Mobile-Review.com, Eldar Murtazin on Twitter. His Twitter-translated tweet says, “Galaxy s7 plays video 17 + hours with maximum illumination. Record for this class of devices.” Galaxy s7 играет видео 17+часов с максимальной подсветкой. Рекорд для этого класса устройств. — Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) January 29, 2016 It’s entirely within the realm of possibility if the leaks about the S7 having a bigger battery are true, and especially if TouchWiz is being properly optimized for the device. We can’t verify how exactly Murtazin was able to acquire this information, and it’s still a leak — so treat it as such. Onto the processor, a recent post from AnTuTu’s Weibo page lists the specs for a Galaxy S7 powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor. The post, which we cannot verify as accurate, lists the Exynos version of the S7 to be equipped with Android 6.0.1, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB storage. It’s unclear if 64GB will be the starting storage option, rather than the traditional 16GB or 32GB. The device, codenamed SM-G930F, is purported to have a 5.1-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The front-facing camera is listed with 5-megapixels, while the rear camera is equipped with 12-megapixels in the post. Related: A consumer group sues Samsung for not updating Android on 82 percent of its phones The specs are nothing surprising for a flagship, and match the same benchmarks that were listed in the AnTuTu database for the Galaxy S7 Edge earlier this month. Although reports abound that Samsung will return to Qualcomm for its processors, it’s important to remember that it’s also not the first time Samsung has used both sources of power for a Galaxy phone, and in the past, the decision has been necessitated by the accompanying modem, and international connectivity issues. At the beginning of October 2015, a report originating from Korea’s Electronic Times and picked up by Reuters, indeed says that Samsung may return to Qualcomm power for the Galaxy S7, and cites anonymous industry sources. Only those models released in the U.S. and China would carry the Snapdragon 820 processor. The AnTuTu Weibo post says S7 phones sold elsewhere may feature Samsung’s own Exynos chips. Two variants of the Galaxy S7 were spotted in benchmarks in early September. The first such device showed up in the Geekbench database with a model name of Samsung Lucky-LTE. It’s sporting an Exynos 8890 processor, which is believed to have an internal codename of M1 Mongoose. No other specs were revealed at the time other than that the device is running Android 5.1.1. The second device appeared in the AnTuTu database with the model name of Lucky. However, this model sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. These benchmarks add credence to the rumor of Samsung using both Qualcomm and its own processors for the S7. A move back to Snapdragon processors wouldn’t be unprecedented. Samsung’s decision to source its own Exynos processor for the Galaxy S6 was reportedly motivated by the Snapdragon 810’s overheating and performance issues. Qualcomm is said to have addressed those problems in the 820. It features four custom-designed, 64-bit Hydra cores built on Samsung’s 14nm process, a powerful new Adreno GPU, and far more efficient heat dissipation than its notoriously throttled predecessor. Related: Hands On: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus This Snapdragon variant reveals a lot more specs too. It’s sporting a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) display, an Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 5.1.1. Samsung entered the 4GB RAM territory with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, so it’s no surprise that both sizes of the Galaxy S7 are rumored to also sport 4GB of RAM. One of the biggest complaints with the Galaxy S6 was the battery. Not only wasn’t it removable, but it was also too small. The Galaxy S7 is unlikely to go back to a removable battery, but according to a tipster on Weibo in early January 2016, Samsung will fit a larger 3,000mAh battery, well above the 2,550mAh battery found on the Galaxy S6. Many Samsung fans are hopeful the MicroSD slot will return with the Galaxy S7, and according to a report from Sam Mobile in early January 2016, their wishes could come true. Sources of the site supposedly confirmed that Samsung will bring back the MicroSD slot to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. A rumor picked up by HDBlog.it also says the MicroSD card slot may finally return on the S7. It has often been rumored that Samsung will include an iris scanner as a means of security on its smartphones. This might finally come true with the Galaxy S7 according to a report from late December 2015. Although Samsung wouldn’t be the first company to offer such a feature, it could be a way for Samsung to one-up Apple. It’s unclear if Samsung will continue to include a fingerprint scanner as well. The Wall Street Journal reported in December that USB Type-C charging port being added, which may provide a full day’s worth of battery charge after just 30 minutes. Samsung may also be experimenting with eye-scanning technology for biometric authentication, presumably in addition to the fingerprint sensor already in place on the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S series’ sound quality was never anything to brag about, but that might change with the Galaxy S7. A report out of China in mid-October claims that it will feature a high quality audiophile-grade Stereo D/A converter from ESS Technology. This converter (SABRE9018AQ2M) debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015, and is the world’s most powerful 32-bit converter. It features 129dB dynamic range and -120dB (0.0001 percent) harmonic distortion. Camera may be major selling point Many rumors point to the Galaxy S7 having a strong camera, and now they’re hinting at some cool software to go along with it. In mid-January, reports stated Samsung may include its own version of Apple’s Live Photos, where a GIF-style moving photo is created when taking a still on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Android Geeks claim Samsung’s version will be named Timeless Photo or Vivid Photo; the latter combining the word photo with the concept of a “vivid memory.” Whatever you like, Samsung. Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review Unlike Live Photos, Samsung will automatically remove the audio, and turn it into GIF format. This is good news, as it should make them less of a pain to share on social networks, which don’t natively support non-GIF videos. According to the site’s internal source, Samsung’s keen to get Vivid Photo onto the Galaxy S7 when the phone is announced, but apparently it’s still in development, and that may lead to delays. If so, the feature may come as a software update after the phone goes on sale. Related: The best Android apps for almost any occassion Moving on to the hardware, a tipster on Weibo reported in early January 2016 that the Galaxy S7 will sport a 12-megapixel main rear camera, which was also previously rumored. However the tipster included new information regarding the aperture, which could be f/1.7. This is a significant increase over the Galaxy S6, which had an aperture of f/1.9. Couple this with the rumor that the sensor size could be 1/2.0″, and the Galaxy S7 could have one of the best cameras we have seen on a smartphone. Related to this is a Samsung trademark application for “Britecell,” and according to the listing, it’s an image sensor for mobile phones. It also sounds very familiar to Isocell, which is Samsung’s current sensor technology. Isocell forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels, thus allowing more light to be captured. The name Britecell obviously is a play on the word “bright,” which would suggest that this sensor also deals with collecting more light. A rumor in early November indicated that Samsung might ditch higher pixels in favor of better image quality. While the Galaxy S6 had a 16-megapixel camera onboard, the Galaxy S7’s camera could actually drop to 12 megapixels. It also included early discussion on the sensor, such as an increase in size to 1/2.0” (from 1/2.6″) and dual-PD (dual-photodiode) technology. The increased sensor size would allow more light while the dual-PD technology would offer a more accurate auto focus through phase detection. This could be the so-called Britecell technology. The move to a larger sensor would be similar to what Google did with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, in that those phones have 1/2.3″ sensors. Ironically, both of those phones are equipped with 12-megapixel (actual is 12.3) lenses too. At present, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have the largest sensors ever on a smartphone, but the Galaxy S7 would take the crown if this rumor is true. It should be noted that a contrary rumor published on the Chinese social network Weibo at the beginning of November asserted that Samsung is talking to Sony, with the intention of securing the IMX300 camera sensor for use on the Galaxy S7. The IMX300 is apparently the same sensor used in the Sony Xperia Z5, and is rated at 23 megapixels. However, Samsung apparently wants to use both its own Isocell 20-megapixel camera sensor, and Sony’s sensor for the S7, meaning it’ll have to bring them both into line, megapixel-wise, to avoid differences in models. The rumor is unconfirmed, and the source is unknown. Samsung used a mix-and-match strategy for camera components — with Sony — on the Galaxy S6, so the decision to use two different camera sensors in the S7 range wouldn’t come as a surprise. Sony has also acquired Toshiba’s CMOS sensor factory, increasing its ability to produce camera sensors. These two factors indicate that the rumor carries some weight. Before this, Chinese suppliers reported in August that Samsung had begun sourcing components for a dual-camera array. Unlike the primitive twin shooters on the HTC One M8, Samsung’s implementation is said to focus on low-light performance and “accuracy.” One lens will supply color information, and the other will focus on brightness, sources claim. The device will then combine the metadata to produce photos up to “double” the quality of single-camera shots. In a move which may belie Samsung’s intentions, the company’s Exynos 7420 shipped with dual-camera support enabled. Related: Apple and Samsung will break boundaries with new dual-camera tech for smartphones Some sources inside South Korea are unsure if this tech will be used on the Galaxy S7, however. Samsung may have plans to test the waters with a dual-camera setup on another smartphone shortly after the Galaxy S7 launch. Samsung execs want to see how the market responds to a small batch of dual-camera phones, before implementing the tech inside the flagship smartphone, the sources say. Samsung reportedly has an end-of-year goal for the dual camera, meaning if it does change its mind, it will still have a few months before the Galaxy S7 launch to add the dual cameras to its flagship phone. A better user experience A rumor in mid-December suggests that Samsung wants to improve the experience of TouchWiz, rather than drop it. To Samsung’s credit, TouchWiz has improved a lot, but Samsung might be getting even more serious about improving the user experience. According to a report out of China, Samsung has hired Google engineers to help optimize TouchWiz so that it responds as well as iOS. This isn’t actually a fresh rumor, as reports of such an arrangement surfaced in November. Two display sizes and Force Touch Samsung’s next S phone could come in two sizes like the Galaxy S6, and feature Edge variants as well, plus there are rumors about the technology that’ll sit behind the screen. The I Ice Universe Weibo account hinted in October that Samsung may follow Apple’s lead and add Force Touch to its next flagship phone. The Galaxy S7 will reportedly pack a special tech from Synaptics that’s called ClearForce. Much like 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S and Force Touch on the Apple Watch, ClearForce technology registers a firm press differently than a light tap. On the Galaxy S7, this tech could be used to bring up contextual menus and other cool features, CNet reports. Related: Read all the Galaxy S7 Edge rumors In mid-December, a comprehensive leak published by The Wall Street Journal revealed more about Samsung’s possible plans for the Galaxy S7. Quoting anonymous inside sources, it states the phone will retain the Galaxy S6’s style, but come with a range of updated technical features. Echoing a similar rumor we’ve heard in the past, Samsung may add a pressure sensitive screen to the S7, much like the one Apple uses for the iPhone 6S. If so, it may respond in different ways depending on how the screen is touched. A patent published by the Korean Intellectual Property Office in mid-October reveals that Samsung might bring force touch technology to the Galaxy S7 onscreen keyboard. Samsung’s implementation uses voltage to detect the force of touch, which in turn determines the output. For example, pressing the “a” key lightly would register a lowercase “a,” while a harder press would output an uppercase “A.” The patent further reveals that this technology could also be used in a keyboard accessory such as a flip-style cover with a built-in keyboard. Moving to the size of the Galaxy S7’s screen, a report from Sam Mobile in early January 2016 says the Galaxy S7 will come with a 5.1-inch display, as opposed to 5.2 inches. The same source tells the site that the Galaxy S7 Edge will have a 5.5-inch display. Another report indicated the Galaxy S7 will come in two sizes: 5.2 inches and 5.8 inches. If the Edge variants mimic the two display sizes of the S7, that would bring four new devices at launch for Samsung. Now that Sony debuted the first smartphone with a UHD 4K (3,840 x 2,160 resolution) display, Samsung may consider following suit. A report in early September indicated the Galaxy S7 is likely to sport a 4K display. It’s possible that Samsung will reserve this high end display for the larger model, which would put it at 759 pixels per inch. If Samsung does opt to offer a 4K display on the 5.2-inch model, it would come in at a whopping 847 pixels per inch. That’s all the Galaxy S7 rumors we have for now, but more will surely come, so keep checking back for the latest updates. Previous updates: Updated on 02-01-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in a leaked picture allegedly showing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, plus news of a Samsung press event on February 21, where the phone may be revealed. Updated on 01-29-2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added leaked information about the S7 being capable of 17 hours of continuous video playback at full brightness. Updated on 01-25-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added news the Galaxy S7 may be released in the U.S. on March 11 2016. Updated on 01-20-2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added leaked specs from AnTuTu’s Weibo page, showing the Galaxy S7 running on Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor. Updated on 01-06-2016 by David Curry: Added in rumor that Live Photos might be coming to Galaxy S7. Updated on 01-06-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in rumors of the Galaxy S7 getting a larger battery and more information regarding the camera. Updated on 01-05-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in rumors of a 5.1-inch screen size, the return of the MicroSD slot, and pricing. Updated on 01-04-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in leaked images of the Galaxy S7 front panel and case renders. Updated on 12-28-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added rumor of a February 20 Unpacked event date and that the Galaxy S7 could feature an iris scanner. Updated on 12-21-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added rumor of a March launch date from a China Mobile device roadmap presentation leaked on Weibo. Updated on 12-17-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added news that Samsung might have hired Google engineers to optimize TouchWiz. Updated on 12-14-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news the Galaxy S7 may have a pressure sensitive touchscreen, eye scanning technology, and similar Galaxy S6 design. Updated on 12-11-2015 by Julian Chokkattu: Added leaks about four Galaxy S7 variants. Updated on 12-10-2015 by Julian Chokkattu: Added high-quality render video and leaks from @OnLeaks and uSwitch about the design of the device. Updated on 12-01-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in a rumor that the design of the Galaxy S7 will be just like the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-23-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in a rumor that the design of the Galaxy S7 will be just like the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-23-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in a rumor that Samsung might bring the MicroSD card back to the Galaxy S7. Updated on 11-09-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Samsung might price the Galaxy S7 for much less than the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-04-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Samsung trademarked “BRITECELL” and this could be the technology used in the Galaxy S7 camera. Updated on 11-03-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news Samsung might use a smaller 12-megapixel sensor camera with a larger sensor size in the Galaxy S7. Updated on 11-02-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in news Samsung may be talking with Sony to acquire its 23-megapixel camera sensor for use in the Galaxy S7 Updated on 10-20-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Galaxy S7 could feature a magnesium alloy build and a high-end 32-bit Stereo D/A Converter Updated on 10-19-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added news that Samsung received a patent that involves force touch technology, Updated on 10-13-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that the Galaxy S7 may have Force Touch in its display. Updated on 10-02-2015 by David Curry: Added new information that Galaxy S7 might not receive the dual-cameras. Updated on 10-02-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in further rumors Samsung will chose the Snapdragon 820 processor for the Galaxy S7 Updated on 09-11-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in specs from recent benchmarks and news that the Galaxy S7 is codenamed “Project Lucky” Updated on 09-09-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that the Galaxy S7 could come in two sizes along with rumored specs
It’s February 4th, 2016 so won’t you please join us in wishing Facebook a very happy 12th birthday? As we reported last week, the social network site is doing just fine, thank you very much, and on this day is sharing with its users a little present in the form of so-called “Friends Day” videos. Throughout the day, Facebook will place personalized videos created from your uploaded photos at the top of your news feed in celebration of the friendships that have made a difference in your life, according to CEO Mark Zucherberg. If you don’t like the pics Facebook automatically selects for the video, you can change them out. And whether you share the video with others or just enjoy it to yourself is entirely up to you. As Facebook celebrates its day of birth with friendliness, some media headlines are taking the opportunity to examine Facebook in a, shall we say, less positive light. For instance, CNBC penned a piece examining how Facebook users have squandered some $3.5 Trillion in productivity. Oh Yeah? That’s a lot. We wonder how much productivity got squandered watching garbage TV shows on Hulu? You know what they say about glass houses, right NBC? Apple music subscribers using Android smartphones just got some cool new functionality that Apple isn’t even giving its own iPhone users. As of today, Apple is rolling out an update that will not only allow Android users to download music for offline playback, but, for the first time, Apple is allowing those files to be stored on a Micro-SD card. This move has some tech pundits shaking their heads, as Apple has sort of missed an opportunity to coerce Android users to its own ecosystem by offering them something they can’t get on Apple’s own devices. It’s an interesting play in which Apple is tossing its software and cloud services out in front of its hardware. The question I think lots of people are asking is: How does this benefit Apple, exactly? Are you a Spotify user who’s getting a little tired of your own playlists? Is your music sounding a little … stale? We can relate, sometimes it’s hard to discover new stuff, and even when you can, it takes time you might not have when all you wanna do is check out new music you might actually like. Well, we have good news for you: A new app called “Playlist a Day” does exactly what it sounds like it would do. Each day the app will offer up a playlist of new music taken from what is now a pool of about 175,000 songs. The playlists come from playlists.net, a community based around collecting and sharing Spotify playlists. So, it’s not some bot or algorithm choosing the music you’re listening to with this app, it’s real people with musical tastes — good and bad — putting together music they love. Hey, if nothing else, you’re gonna get exposed to something new … you might just like it. Give it a shot and let us know what you think in the comments below. Also, we want to remind you to keep your smartphone and PC browser pointed at Digital Trends as we head into the Super Bowl weekend. We’ve got all kinds of killer Super Bowl-related stories for you, including a run-down of the best Super Bowl ads from Super Bowls past. You won’t wanna miss it. That’s it for DT Daily today. We’ll see ya again tomorrow!
Today, however, I'm simply wondering, "Why?" Electronics maker Spin-R is launching an Indiegogo campaign for its $200 Tittle Light LED lamp (titillate, get it?). Through a companion app for iOS, Android and on the Web, you can set the Tittle Light cube to display the time a music visualizer (that synchronizes with surrounding music or sounds), 3D animated emojis or your own animations painted in the app. The Tittle Light also performs more traditional functions such as being a regular lamp (you can pick the color and intensity) or mood lighting.
Epic's Unreal Engine has supported making virtual reality games for some time. Now, it supports making games in virtual reality too. Today, Epic announced an upcoming VR component to its popular Unreal Editor, letting game developers, animators, and other users create and explore their environments through an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
If you thought the 2GB monthly data cap on your phone was low, well, you’re right. And, in comparison to the world’s overall Internet traffic figures, it appears to be even more microscopic as we’re slated to approach the one zettabyte mark later this year. This news comes from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, a survey predicting Internet traffic trends all the way up to 2019. The survey says that Internet traffic is going to extend past a zettabyte of data usage this year, but even more surprisingly, it’s going to double in the next three years. Related: FCC reports says 16 million Americans are without broadband Internet access altogether To put into perspective just how massive our bandwidth consumption has been recently, a simple unit conversion calculator reveals that a zettabyte equates to 909,494,701.773 terabytes. Yes, we’re expected to reach almost a trillion gigabytes this year, and likely exceed it, largely due to the advent and rampant adoption of smartphones. By the year 2020, Cisco claims that 5.5 billion people, roughly 70 percent of the global population, will be lugging mobile devices around in their pockets. With that in mind, devices like phones, tablets, smartwatches, and the like will be responsible for an eight-fold increase over the next three to four years. Most shocking, however, is Cisco’s assertion that by 2020, more people will have cell phones than will have basic utilities, including running water, electrical service, or a car. On a less surprising note, the Internet is experiencing the most rapid expansion in Africa and the Middle East, with a 44-percent compound annual growth rate. Central and Eastern Europe are advancing at a 330-percent annual rate. Likewise, countries located in the Asia Pacific region, like China, are anticipated to account for the most traffic worldwide at 54 exabytes per month, though they’re only experiencing a 21-percent growth rate each year. North American countries, and primarily the United States, are generating about 50 exabytes of data consumption every month, with an annual growth of 20 percent, making us the second-largest data devourer around.
Android Wear is getting updated in a big way this month. Google is beginning to roll out an update with some major new features for Android Wear, including the ability to make and listen to calls directly on the watch. You'll need a watch with a speaker to do that, of course, and only two watches currently have one: the Huawei Watch and the 49mm model of the Asus ZenWatch 2.
Last year, Mozilla quietly announced it was giving up on trying to build a viable smartphone operating system that could compete with Android and iOS. Today, the company has yet again confirmed the move and offered new specifics on when and how it will sunset Firefox OS on phones — and begin focusing on the Internet of Things. Development of Firefox OS will cease completely after version 2.6 is released.
It's probably fair to assume that a majority of Apple Music's 15 million+ subscribers own an iPhone or an iPad, but users of the Android app are getting something that iOS users will almost certainly never see: SD card support. DON'T MISS: Dollars and Sense: How Samsung became Samsung, and why Apple is still Apple This week, Apple updated the Apple Music app on Google Play with a full schedule for Beats 1 shows, new Browse My Music by Composers and Compilations options and, yes, the ability to save and listen to music offline with an SD card. If you're an iPhone or an iPad user, you're likely painfully aware that SD cards aren't compatible
Dual-lens cameras could bring smartphones up another notch when it comes to photography, but they might not come as fast we had hoped. This information comes courtesy of Sony’s most recent earnings call for its third quarter. During the call, Sony CFO Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed that its dual-lens will be featured in devices from “major smartphone players” over the next year. However, because high-end smartphones are slowing down, Yoshida believes the “real start, the takeoff of smartphones with dual-lens cameras will be in the year of 2017.” Related: Apple and Samsung will break boundaries with new dual-camera tech for smartphones Although only a prediction, Sony is one of the leaders when it comes to providing image sensors to smartphone manufacturers, so the company might know what its talking about. However, if you read between the lines, there seems to be an opening for some adoption in 2016. Yoshida cleared used the word “takeoff,” which could mean that he believes that the majority of high-end smartphone manufacturers will adopt dual-lens cameras in 2017, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of a few manufacturers jumping on board this year. Dual-lens cameras are nothing new. The most recent rendition was from HTC with the One M8, but that was more of a gimmick than anything else. Future implementations of a dual-lens setup could bring smartphone camera quality closer to a DSLR. By using one lens for color information and the other for brightness, the quality of images could improve dramatically. Apple’s most recent patent shows yet another advantage: the possibility of capturing video with one lens when zoomed out, while the second lens captures photos while zoomed in. We have already heard rumors that Apple could offer a “premium” version of the iPhone 7 Plus later this year, which would sport a dual-lens camera. This speculation has been fueled by the fact that Apple recently bought Linx Computational Imaging, a company that specializes in using multiple sensors for capturing both 2D and 3D images. There are even reports that Apple is already testing dual-lens samples from a variety of manufacturers. Then there is LG, who will launch the G5 later this month. That phone is also rumored to sport two lenses, one for the background and one for the subject. Related: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus rumors and news leaks Samsung has also been the center of many rumors as well, but the Galaxy S7 isn’t likely to sport a dual-lens camera based on leaks up to this point. However, it’s very possibly that Samsung could launch other Galaxy phones with dual-lenses later this year. And of course, we can’t forget about Sony, which is likely to use its own dual-lens sensor for an Xperia flagship at some point. So based on Sony’s prediction, 2017 looks to be a breakout year for the dual-lens camera, but we’re still holding out hope that 2016 will get the party started.
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The temptingly low price tag and impressive set of specs will have plenty of people rushing to buy a new Nexus 5X, but it would be wise to take steps to protect that protruding camera lens and the 5.2-inch screen. You may also decide that the understated, plastic curves could be dressed up to look a little prettier. Either way, you’re going to want to check out the best Nexus 5X cases and covers on the market. These are our top picks so far. Updated on 2-4-2016 by Simon Hill : Added cases by Incipio, Rhino Shield, Cruzerlite, Noreve, and Ballistic. Related : Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X hands on Incipio NGP Case ($20) This slim, soft-shell case is a good choice if you don’t like bulky cases. It’s easy to fit, durable, and comfortable to hold. It adds some grip and basic protection from bumps and drops. There are well-defined button covers on the side, and the cut-outs ensure easy access to your controls, as well as the ports on the bottom edge. The camera cutout doesn’t interfere with photos, either. It’s a slightly translucent case that comes in black, blue, pink, or frost. Available at: Amazon Rhino Shield Crash Guard Bumper ($25) Some Nexus 5X cases interfere with access to the fingerprint sensor on the back, but this bumper leaves the front and back entirely exposed. It does still offer really solid drop protection, because the bumper is thick and shock absorbent. It also extends front and back to ensure your phone never comes into contact with the ground. The button covers are easy to find without looking, and the bumper comes in black or white. Available at: Amazon Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case ($10) If you just want a basic flexible TPU case, then there’s no need to spend more than this. The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit case comes in a wide range of different colors, and every case features the Android mascot with a circuitry design on the back. It’s a slim case that should absorb the impact of small drops and bumps. There’s also a lip to protect the screen, but it’s not a really rugged case. You’ll find accurate openings for the camera, sensors, and ports. The button covers work well, too. Available at: Amazon Noreve Tradition Leather Case ($50) Most of the Nexus 5X cases on the market are pretty cheap, but you can find a touch of French style with this real leather offering from Noreve. This is a vertical flip open case hand-crafted from genuine leather. The exterior is plush and padded with a soft lining inside to keep your phone pristine. Your Nexus 5X is held snug and secure, but there are generous openings for the camera, fingerprint sensor, buttons, and ports. You can get this case in a wide variety of different leather grain finishes and colors if you don’t mind spending a little extra. Available at: Noreve Ballistic Tough Jacket Case ($35) As you may guess from the Tough Jacket name, this case offers really rugged drop protection with heavily reinforced corners to guard against damage from falls. There’s a textured grid pattern on the back and the finish definitely adds grip. You’ll also find pronounced button covers and accurate openings for ports, camera, and sensors. Because it’s a thick case, you might find it a little awkward to use the fingerprint sensor, but it helps if you set up your fingerprint with the case on. If you primarily want drop protection, this multi-layer case will keep your phone safe even if it takes a tumble from 6 feet. Available at: Amazon Next page: 5 more Nexus 5X cases Speck CandyShell Grip Case ($35) If you want a good protective case that will protect your Nexus 5X if you should drop it, then Speck’s CandyShell Grip is a solid option. The ridged pattern looks good, but it also adds some grip. The case meets military drop test standards (810G), thanks to a shock-absorbent rubber core and a tough outer shell. The raised bezel round the front protects the screen, preventing it from touching surfaces. The rubber button covers are well marked and easy to press, and the openings are precisely where they should be for access to ports, the fingerprint sensor, and camera. Available at: Speck Adopted Folio Case ($46) This is an unusual folio case from Adopted that sports a microfiber finish. We’re used to seeing soft microfiber on the inside, but we’ve never seen it on the exterior before. The shell itself is a typical TPU case, and the cover is polyurethane covered with microfiber. There are cut-outs for the camera, flash, and fingerprint sensor on the back. The cover protects the display, but it also automatically puts the screen to sleep when you close it. There’s a geometric pattern of boxes on the front and the official Nexus logo. You can get this one in quartz or carbon, otherwise known as light and dark gray. Available at: Mobile Fun Rearth Ringke Fusion Case ($20) For anyone who likes the look and color of their Nexus 5X, this case is going to be a winner. It’s a completely crystal clear case. It combines a malleable bumper portion with button covers and cut-outs for your ports, with a tough, hard back panel. There’s also a large opening on the back, so as not to interfere with the camera, flash, or fingerprint sensor. You can also get a smoke black version of this slim, transparent case. Available at: Mobile Fun Verus High Pro Shield Case ($17) Here’s a fairly protective case with a different kind of look and design. The flexible TPU shell is always black with a mock brushed metal finish, but the polycarbonate bumper that goes on top comes in a variety of different colors. The button covers are pronounced, there’s a protective lip to safeguard the screen, and there’s a special pattern inside designed to dissipate shock. The cut-outs on the back are tight and minimal, and there are also openings for your ports. Available at: Amazon Spigen Thin Fit Shell Case ($12) Fans of minimalist cases will like this offering from Spigen. It’s a simple polycarbonate shell in black, white, or mint. It snaps onto the Nexus 5X and has cut-outs for the buttons, ports, camera, and fingerprint sensor. It has a soft-touch finish that makes it comfortable to hold and adds some grip. There’s a Spigen logo on the back, but other than that it is completely free of superfluous detail. If you want a light, thin case for basic protection, then it could suit well. It won’t cost you much, either. Available at: Amazon That’s all the Nexus 5X cases we have to recommend for now, but we’ll keeping a close eye on new contenders and adding them to this roundup over the next few weeks. Article originally published 10-3-2015.