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Google Wallet app update introduces automatic bank transfers

Google Wallet app update introduces automatic bank transfers

Google has rolled out an update to the Google wallet app that will make it easier to get the money you are sent from other users into your bank account, the new feature is an automatic transfer that no longer requires you to cash out money from your Wallet balance. The new feature is meant to decrease the time it takes for Wallet users to get hands on their cash.

The update bringing the automatic transfers will land on Friday with the feature rolling out over the week after it debuts. Google Wallet has always been a PayPal competitor and transitioned solely to peer-to-peer payments last year with the roll out of Android Pay. Emails went out to Google Wallet account holders back in March telling them that the Wallet debit card was going away.

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Sony Xperia X Compact leaked specs almost good to be true

Sony Xperia X Compact leaked specs almost good to be true

Some people loved the idea, some have asked the whether there was a point to it. Suffice to say, the possibility that there might be an Xperia X Compact has people suddenly looking intensely at Sony again, especially after a lukewarm reception of the new Xperia X trio. After all, a small, handy smartphone with still flagship specs is definitely going to appeal to some users. That might exactly be what Sony is hoping for if this sighting of the Xperia X Compact in GFXBench is the real deal.

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Android Nougat unofficially ported to Raspberry Pi 3

Android Nougat unofficially ported to Raspberry Pi 3

Hungry for some Nougat but don’t really have a Nexus nor plan to buy an LG V20 when it comes out? If you don’t mind not being able to bring along your Android 7.0 with you and have a spare Raspberry Pi 3 lying around, then you’re in for a treat. Peter Yoon, who was responsible for bringing Android TV to the extremely popular single board computer (SBC), has done it again, this time with Android 7.0 Nougat. Of course it’s not yet stable nor is it official, but since “official” will probably never happen, this is a modder’s best bet.

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Archos 55 Helium, 50f Helium phones give wallets some relief

Archos 55 Helium, 50f Helium phones give wallets some relief

If you thought only Chinese device makers could drag their price tags to almost nothing, French manufacturer Archos is going to give you pause for thought. Ahead of an IFA 2016 appearance, the company is announcing a total of five new smartphones from its Helium line of budget friendly Android smartphones. While the Archos 55 Helium Ultra offers an odd mix of specs, the 50f Helium boasts of a fingerprint scanner, one of the very rare smartphones to sport that feature at that price tier.

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LG V20 teaser extols Android Nougat features

LG V20 teaser extols Android Nougat features

Considering it is beating Google’s own Nexus smartphones in the race for first, it isn’t surprising that LG is trying to squeeze every bit of marketing juice that it can from being the first to have a new smartphone to come out with Android Nougat out of the box. That is exactly what it is trying to do with the latest teaser video for the LG V20, somewhat ironically advertising features that won’t exactly be unique to the smartphone. At least not when other new smartphones start shipping with Android 7.0 later this year.

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Moto Z Play gets another spec leak

Moto Z Play gets another spec leak

IFA 2016 is just around the corner and while Motorola hasn’t exactly hinted at it, we might finally see the Moto Z Play in the flesh. Of course, we still have a lot of time to squeeze in some last minute leaks, like this spec sheet coming hot off GFXBench. It all pretty much confirms the things we’ve seen before, especially from TENAA, which paints the picture of a rather plain mid-range smartphone that will hopefully be made more exciting with compatibility with exciting, and especially upcoming, Moto Mods.

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Anker recalls, refunds USB-C cable over faulty implementation

Anker recalls, refunds USB-C cable over faulty implementation

Things might be getting a bit dangerous in USB-C land as poorly or even wrongly implemented accessories threaten to damage devices. USB-C “Crusader” Benson Leung, with help from Nathan K. exposed one such accessory, Anker’s Powerline 3.1Gen2 USB-C cable, that could damage a smartphone after it was used to charge a higher voltage device like a laptop. To its credit, Anker did the right thing and have issued a recall of the faulty cable as well as a refund to customers who have already purchased the said accessory.

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HTC Desire 10 Pro leaked specs reveal a flagship device

HTC Desire 10 Pro leaked specs reveal a flagship device

With the HTC 10 reportedly not doing so well in the market, it seems that HTC will be trying to attack the problem from a different angle. By putting out another smartphone with almost the same high-end specs under a different name and, hopefully, a lower price tag. That might seem to be the strategy it will indeed be employing if the HTC smartphone spotted at GFXBench is indeed the HTC Desire 10 Pro, which would blur the lines between HTC’s two smartphone lines. And probably confuse buyers as well.

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LG V20 gets a “real” but grainy photo leak

LG V20 gets a “real” but grainy photo leak

3D renders, fabricated PR images, and mockups of upcoming smartphones are easy come by these days, so there is much to be said when alleged real-life photos of said devices pop up. Although we’re just a good two weeks away from LG’s scheduled unveiling, there’s still enough time for that kind of leak for the LG V20. Despite being rather grainy, it’s the discussion around what’s not in the photos that are, ultimately, what’s more interesting about it than the photo itself.

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Sony Xperia X Compact, XZ leaked by Sony’s own website

Sony Xperia X Compact, XZ leaked by Sony’s own website

Some say that good things come in threes and Sony seems to be a fan of that of late. It unveiled the Xperia Z5 line threes and the new Xperia X in threes as well. Going by that pattern, we presumed that the Xperia XA was taking the place of the company’s “Compact” model. Apparently not, at least based on the Sony’s own Dutch website. Keen observers have spotted links to a certain Xperia X Compact as well as an Xperia XZ, hinting that Sony is far from done with new Xperia X models this year.

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Android Nougat rollout allegedly hampered by Snapdragon 800

Android Nougat rollout allegedly hampered by Snapdragon 800

If you’ve been wondering, maybe even irate, that some rather capable Android smartphones, like the Nexus 5 or the HTC One M8, aren’t officially getting the latest Android 7.0 release, then LlabTooFeR might have the answer you’re looking for. But it won’t be the answer that you want. According to the leakster, many older smartphones dating 2014 and earlier are being left out of the Nougat party simply because Qualcomm won’t be releasing updates to the graphics driver of the Snapdragon 800 or 801 powering those devices.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD remote may make Android TV more magical

New NVIDIA SHIELD remote may make Android TV more magical

This week an FCC listing for a new NVIDIA SHIELD TV remote - for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV - has appeared with a few new features. Alone, this listing only tells us that this remote will have a newer version of Bluetooth than the device already available. With Bluetooth 4.1, it's possible that the remote's battery will last a lot longer than the previous model. A patent listing from Google suggests that there may be more to this NVIDIA FCC listing than meets the eye.

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