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Mobile payments are all fun and games until someone calls the cops.
As Samsung prepares to launch its payment service in more countries, the biggest hurdle won't be the technology itself, or even rivals like Apple or Google.
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hahaha oh wow...

NFC terminals are just about everywhere here in Australia, so I've been using tap-to-pay on my phone for most day to day purchases. Whilst many employees have said it's the first time they've ever seen it, they were all very fascinated.. people of all ages and backgrounds alike... nobody has threatened the police let alone called them

MST certainly sounds pretty neat, though the need for it over here is pretty low
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I sat down with +Steve Kondik to talk about the past, present and future of Android:
 
Intro Pre-history Early days Making it big Transformed Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon When it comes to Android "hacking" and ROM development, Steve Kondik is a big deal. Way back in the earliest days of the OS, the man known online as "Cyanogen" created his own ROM for the T-Mobile…
Intro Pre-history Early days Making it big Transformed Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon When it comes to Android "hacking" and ROM development, Steve Kondik is a big deal. Way back in the earliest days of the OS, the man known online as "Cyanogen" created his own ROM for the T-Mobile G1, introducing new features, improving performance and working with the...
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And +Andrew Martonik got to see the first Android prototype, the HTC Sooner!
 
Part of the Android History series. Android as an operating system has changed dramatically since it was first acquired by Google in 2005, and along with it so has the phone…
Intro Pre-history Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Part of the Android History series. Android as an operating system has changed dramatically since it was first acquired by Google in 2005, and along with it so has the phone hardware that it runs on. Every Android fan knows about the T-Mobile G1 (aka the HTC Dream) as the first Android...
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I wrote a thing
 
Price, not specs will make or break the upcoming HTC One A9.
Price, not specs will make or break the upcoming HTC One A9. To put it mildly, 2015 has not been a great year for HTC. Disappointing sales of its flagship One M9 have contributed to financial woes and layoffs, culminating in its recent delisting from the Taiwan 50 Index. And the buzz around genuinely exciting non-phone products like the HTC Vive VR experience and the RE Camera has...
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The issue htc have is there ceo said they are launching a "hero" device. One would assume hero meaning flagship right. Agree if this is well priced stay a moto X play then I'll have a look but then again if the new nexus 5 is at that price like it's rumoured I would rate it get that. 
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Kids in the comments say the Moto X Play doesn't lag. Here's what Profile GPU Rendering says.

Spikes above the green line = jank. This phone janks. Often.
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Now i think that all problems are fixed by Motorola. You are agree with me? Bye
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Four minutes or so on the Moto X Play.
 
The Moto X Play, is finally upon us — in Europe at least. And while we finish up our full review of the phone, be sure to check out our brand new video walkthrough of Motorola's most affordable Moto X yet. You'll find it right after the break.
The Moto X Play, is finally upon us — in Europe at least. And while we finish up our full review of the phone, be sure to check out our brand new video walkthrough of Motorola's most affordable Moto X yet. You'll find it right after the break. Check back tomorrow for our definitive Moto X Play review!
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EXCLUSIVE: SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 HANDS-OFF PREVIEW

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a phone by made by Samsung, which is a company that makes phones. It will be the successor to the Galaxy S6, which is also a phone by Samsung but is one less than the Galaxy S7. Rumors have been spreading on the Internet about the Galaxy S7. Some of those rumors might be true, but some of them might not be true, so take this all with a pinch of salt until we know for sure which rumors are true rumors and which rumors are just rumors.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 should have a screen and a battery and a camera, and these will probably be better than the Galaxy S6's because it will be newer. A better camera means there's a good chance the Galaxy S7 will take better photos than the Galaxy S6. But other phones have cameras too, so some of them might take photos that are also better or as good or not as good.

The Galaxy S7 will also have software in order to make use of its hardware. The software will probably be newer, and could look different to the Galaxy S6 because the Galaxy S7 is different to the Galaxy S6. The software will likely be Android due to the fact that Samsung makes Android phones.

One of the Galaxy S6 models had a curved screen. This suggests that maybe one of the Galaxy S7 models will also have a curved screen. The other one will have a flat screen, which is the type of screen that is not curved. The screens will definitely either be the same size or not the same size.

The Galaxy S7 will probably be announced this February and released shortly afterwards, because the Galaxy S6 was also announced in February, and because in order to release a product you first have to announce it.
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Awesome. Less TouchWizy.
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And here's Android History part 5. The first next big thing from Samsung! Two HTC Ones! NEXUS Q! Google falling in love with LG apparently! Words! Pictures! Video!
 
In Part 5 of our 8-part Android History series, we examine how Samsung dominated the Android landscape of 2012, and how the important Jelly Bean releases moved the platform forward. Intro Pre-history Early days Making it big Transformed Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon A decisive…
In Part 5 of our 8-part Android History series, we examine how Samsung dominated the Android landscape of 2012, and how the important Jelly Bean releases moved the platform forward. Intro Pre-history Early days Making it big Transformed Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon A decisive year in mobile sees Samsung dominating Android and the market, Cyanogen giving rise to...
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In Part 4 of our 8-part series on the history of Android, we explore a transformative year filled with new types of Android devices, and an all-new design language. * Intro * Pre-history * Early days * Making it big * Transformed * Coming soon * Coming soon * Coming soon * Coming soon As Android…
In Part 4 of our 8-part series on the history of Android, we explore a transformative year filled with new types of Android devices, and an all-new design language. Intro Pre-history Early days Making it big Transformed Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon As Android hit its stride on phones, a new tablet release brought the OS onto bigger screens, and a new design...
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So this is what I've been working to build since the summer. Pretty pumped to finally show off the first part of our Android History series!
 
Android didn't just happen. The origins of the world's dominant mobile operating system can be traced right back to the beginning of the previous decade, through the work of…
Intro Pre-history Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Coming soon Android didn't just happen. The origins of the world's dominant mobile operating system can be traced right back to the beginning of the previous decade, through the work of founder Andy Rubin, and Google, which was eager to establish itself as a major player in the mobile future. In...
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+Alex Dobie +Andrew Martonik +Jerry Hildenbrand +Russell Holland Well done, gentlemen! Great reading, can't wait for the continuing story. ,:) 
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And here's the full Moto X Play review. Bit of a mixed bag overall, but a decent phone for the money all the same.
 
The most affordable Moto X yet aims to dominate the competitive new mid-range market — but falls short in an important area ... The quick take Launching around the £270 mark, the Moto X Play delivers a great deal for the money — a great screen, a decent camera and solid battery life, not to mention…
The most affordable Moto X yet aims to dominate the competitive new mid-range market — but falls short in an important area ... The quick take Launching around the £270 mark, the Moto X Play delivers a great deal for the money — a great screen, a decent camera and solid battery life, not to mention Moto's excellent software experience. But nagging performance and multitasking issues...
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Great review, Alex.. thank you.
I'm in Europe but will hold out for the Style
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hey look someone made that stupid samsung case into its own phone
 
While the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider continue to swirl, the device has now appeared once again in some new, clearer images which are pretty on par with everything we've seen thus far. As mentioned previously, there's still a lot of things up in the air surrounding this device…
While the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider continue to swirl, the device has now appeared once again in some new, clearer images which are pretty on par with everything we've seen thus far. As mentioned previously, there's still a lot of things up in the air surrounding this device and BlackBerry has yet to announce anything officially but judging from these images, the...
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The whole type, on a physical keyboard, to search, without pre intention was my bb love. Will buy it. 
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