Samsung says they have been unable to keep up with the demand for their newly released Galaxy Note 7. The company hasn't released any sales figures at this time, but it seems to imply they are very happy with its success. A spokesperson from Samsung has said "its release date in some markets has been adjusted," so they can keep it available in other regions.
We had seen reports that Samsung was going to launch the Z2 in India this week and now it is official. The Samsung Z2 is the first Tizen smartphone with 4G connectivity, and the company has announced it is also preloaded with Jio services. It will be available on August 29th in Gold, Black and Wine Red colors for only INR 4,590.
Samsung has been putting a lot of effort into getting their mobile payment service into people's hands and this week they celebrate its 1-year anniversary. Samsung has been able to sign on 440 bank partners, 4 million registered users (in Korea and the United States), and Samsung Pay has been used to make $100 million in accumulated transactions throughout the year.
Bloomberg says Google is investing "hundreds of thousands of dollars a piece" into exclusive VR films and programs. The report cites "people who asked not to be identified," and claims they are working with Hulu as well as YouTube stars like the Dolan twins and Justine Ezarik to prepare content for the service. They're expecting it to be released in the coming weeks as well.
If you're a game developer who uses Unity, and their game has at least 10,000 installs in the Google Play or Apple App Store, then Samsung invites you to take the Tizen App Challenge. To participate, you'll need to port your game to Tizen and start selling it in the Tizen Store. The first 50 to enter will get $3,000, and the most popular game submitted will win $20,000.
A premiere of a new version of Android is always an important date for every smartphone lover. As always, Google is far from posting detailed changelogs, so our colleagues from Android Police made a handy script. It clearly shows how big Android 7.0 is -- 35,000 of commits ready for you to read through.
Recent news about Allo claim that Hangouts might be in danger. Despite of all of these rumors, Google updated its communicator with the beloved Shruggie emoji. It's not a big update, but you can finally say to your friends how 'meh' you are about their chats.
Xiaomi India has announced a permanent price drop of ₹2,000 ($30) on the Mi 5 sold in India. This brings down the price of the device to ₹22,999 ($343) from its original ₹24,999 ($373). The price drop is very likely a reaction to the strong response to the OnePlus 3 (₹27,999 | $417) and other competing products, and the drop increases the Mi 5's bang-over-buck quotient.
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