[ gsmarena.com ] Android Pay gains support for 34 new financial institutions in US

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Android Pay gains support for 34 new financial institutions in US

For quite some time now, Google has been steadily updating Android Pay’s list of supported banks/financial institutions in the US. And once gain, new names have been added to the list. The number specifically stands at 34 this time.

Some of the names that have been added to the list include Charles Schwab Bank, Advantage Plus FCU, Bank of Blue Valley, Centennial Bank (AR), Elements Financial CU, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank, Greater State Bank, Heritage Bank, Landings Credit Union, and Members Heritage Credit Union.

Some other new names are Minnequa Works Credit Union, Northfield…

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[ gsmarena.com ] Nokia 7 launches in China with glass back, Snapdragon 630

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Nokia 7 launches in China with glass back, Snapdragon 630

Today the newest member of HMD Global’s Android smartphone roster has become official in China. The Nokia 7 is the first Android device from the brand to sport a glass back – it’s a vacuum molded 3D Corning Gorilla Glass construction no less. The 7’s frame is 7000 series aluminum with diamond cut beveled edges.

It sure looks premium (if you can ignore those bezels), and it comes with IP54 certification, which means it’s splashproof essentially. Inside, you’ll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 running the show, paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. microSD cards are supported for expanding…

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[ gsmarena.com ] Get up to $300 toward a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL at Verizon starting tomorrow

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Get up to $300 toward a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL at Verizon starting tomorrow

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are both officially launching tomorrow, October 19 on Google’s online Store and at Verizon. Verizon stores will also start carrying the Google Home Mini and updated Daydream View headset.

Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 6, 6 Plus, or SE
Google Pixel or Pixel XL
Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S5, Note5, Note 4, or Note edge
Motorola Z2 Force, Z Force, Z Droid, or Z Play
LG G6, G5, G4, V20, or V10
HTC 10 or One M9

Note that this is the full list of eligible devices and not all of them will yield a $300 trade-in…

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[ gsmarena.com ] New HTC U11 variant spotted on GFXBench with 6-inch 18:9 display

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New HTC U11 variant spotted on GFXBench with 6-inch 18:9 display

Just as the device appeared on popular benchmarking app – GeekBench, HTC’s unannounced device has also appeared on GFXBench, complete with some new information about the display.

Rumors point to an HTC U11 ‘Plus’ model running the latest version of Android – 8.0 Oreo. There’s also going to be a 6-inch display with a 1440 x 2880 px resolution, which calculates to a taller 18:9 display. This could be HTC’s re-release of the HTC U11 with a display that fills out body and reduces the size of the bezels.

Considering that the LG V30 shares an identically-sized footprint to the HTC…

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[ gsmarena.com ] Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets Oreo in December, red version launches in Japan

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets Oreo in December, red version launches in Japan

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium will receive the update to Android 8.0 Oreo in December. That’s at least true for units sold in Japan, the company’s home country, since that’s where the information comes from. In other parts of the globe, the rollout may start sooner than that, or later. This should however give you a very rough estimate of when to expect the first XZ Premiums to run the latest iteration of Google’s OS.

In other news related to the Xperia XZ Premium, Sony has officially announced the red color version for this smartphone today. This was first spotted back in May, and we haven’t…

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[ gsmarena.com ] Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL won’t receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL won’t receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft may not be actively developing new features for Windows 10 Mobile anymore, as recently confirmed by an exec, but the company is still supporting some older Windows phones with bug fixes, security updates, and minor improvements here and there. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which started rolling out to PCs yesterday, is one such iterative release for smartphones.

However, there are two handsets that will never see this version of the OS making it to them: the Lumia 640 and 640 XL. Microsoft has decided to end software support for the duo with the Fall Creators Update…

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[ gsmarena.com ] Moto X4 is the newest Prime Exclusive phone at Amazon, yours for $329.99

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Moto X4 is the newest Prime Exclusive phone at Amazon, yours for $329.99

Following its initial announcement at IFA at the end of August, the Moto X4 got an Android One variation last month, and today another edition has been unveiled. This time the Moto X4 joins Amazon’s Prime Exclusive list of smartphones, which you can get for a lower price than normal if you’re a Prime subscriber.

The Moto X4’s unlocked price in the US is $399.99, but if you have Prime you can grab one for just $329.99 when the mega-retailer starts taking pre-orders later today. Of course you need to remember that Prime Exclusive devices will show you Amazon ads on the lock screen to help…

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