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Virgin Mobile challenges T-Mobile with new data-free music streaming for popular services

Virgin Mobile is taking on T-Mobile's "Music Freedom" with their own plan. They will allow you to stream music from services like Pandora and Spotify without cutting into your data plan. http://www.androidauthority.com/virgin-mobile-data-free-music-streaming-pandora-647600/

Google Voice gets its first update in over a year

...and it was very minor. http://www.droid-life.com/2015/10/07/and-then-google-voice-got-its-first-update-in-over-a-year/

Samsung says attack on LoopPay limited to an office network

Earlier today a report from The New York Times said that LoopPay, the company that Samsung acquired to help power its Samsung Pay mobile payments service, had been the target of a recent "sophisticated" hack. Samsung has now responded to the article noting that Samsung Pay was in no way compromised, and the hack was limited to LoopPay's office...

Titanium Backup adds support for Android Marshmallow

Apps are supporting Android 6.0 left and right. The latest is an long-time popular app, Titanium Backup. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AndroidPolice/~3/f0DpWwpYJt4/story01.htm

Back-up your WhatsApp data with Google Drive

WhatsApp has just announced a partnership with Google to make sure its 900 million users don't lose anything important to them. Starting today, WhatsApp users on Android will have the option to back up their entire WhatsApp history right to Google Drive. http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/07/whatsapp-android-google-drive-backup/

Google Street View gets immersive Google Cardboard support

Google Street View has always been a cool way to immerse yourself in a remote location, but now it will be even better with Google Cardboard. http://pocketnow.com/2015/10/07/street-view-cardboard-support?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pocketnow+%28pocketnow.com%29

Google Denies Android Auto Data Collection Claims

First reported by Motor Trend, Porsche said that it chose Apple’s CarPlay instead of Android Auto because Google would collect far too much information for Android Auto. According to Google, though, Porsche has it all wrong and that they take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle...

Apple/Beats Announces a new Bluetooth Speaker with Android Companion App

Apple has unveiled a brand new addition to its Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker line-up. It’s called the Beats Pill+, and it slots in between the Pill proper and the larger Pill XL. Beats also announced a new companion app for the Pill+ that lets you control the speaker using your iOS or Android device. With the app, you’ll be able to switch...

Forget 4K, these 8K displays would be baller in a tablet

1080p was and still is good enough. 2K is even better. 4K is insane to think about on a phone or tablet. And now 8K might be here very soon. http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/07/nhk-8k-super-hi-vision-jdi-ortus-sharp-sel/

Hangouts 5.0 for Android could be here today with GIFs and speed improvements

Derek Ross claims to have a Hangouts 5.0 APK which no longer has a dogfood label on it, meaning it's probably ready for user rollout. He notes that the update reintroduces animated GIFs, speeds the user experience up, and makes a couple of minor UI tweaks. https://plus.google.com/+DerekRoss/posts/NbmgGmtUde8

Reddit: WiFi plaguing Android Marshmallow

https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/3nuf2o/wifi_plaguing_android_marshmallow/

Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages Project will help speed up the mobile web

Google has announced a new standard HTML protocol that minimizes network impact of mobile web pages. It not only cuts down on data usage, but also makes pages load fast even on slower connections. https://googleblog.blogspot.my/2015/10/introducing-accelerated-mobile-pages.html?m=1

Chromecast and Chromecast Audio teardowns hit the web

Wondering what the inside of a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio look like? It's not the most riveting piece of hardware in the world, but it's always interesting to get a look regardless. Check it out in iFixIt's latest teardown. https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Chromecast+2015+Teardown/50189

CyanogenMod 12.1 nightly snapshots now have October security patches

Cyanogen users will be happy to know that nightly snapshots now include October 2015 security patches as issued by Google to AOSP. These will fix critical security holes such as Stagefright and other vulnerabilities which have been reported and fixed since September's update....

Google schedules October 13th announcement for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in India

Folks in India won't be left out of the Nexus party for long. Google has announced an event for the region that will take place October 13th, and it's a sure bet that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will be the stars of the show. http://www.gsmarena.com/google_to_announce_nexus_6p_and_nexus_5x_in_india_on_october_13-news-14358.php

Rumor: Samsung to use three different chipsets for Galaxy S7

We didn't think much of rumors that Samsung would be using two different processors for the Samsung Galaxy S7 considering it's a strategy they employed in the past. But what if we told you they'll be using 3? The company will reportedly use the Exynos 7422 for the Indian variant, Exynos 8 for European and Asian markets, and Snapdragon 820 for...

Sony is inviting 10,000 Xperia owners to beta test Android 6.0 Marshmallow

If you're an Xperia owner, Sony wants to give a sizable group of users the chance to test Marshmallow out early. 10,000 people are invited to sign up for the test, though you must have an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact to participate....

Samsung Galaxy View likely to get an AT&T launch

The Samsung Galaxy View, a big 18.4 inch tablet that Samsung has yet to fully reveal, has made a pit stop at the FCC. Images show that the device sports AT&T branding, which is a sign that it'll be made available for Ma Bell customers in 4G LTE form....

Samsung now wants to curve the top and bottom of your phones, as well

Samsung has patented a display design that would curve the top and bottom of a display. They've already introduced curved sides in their 2015 Edge products, so it's of little surprise that they're exploring the other edges of the traditional display accordingly....

Android Authority: Deal: buy a new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for only $549.99

http://www.androidauthority.com/deal-samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-549-99-647418/

Synaptics is developing pressure sensitive displays for Android devices

Once again, Apple paved the way, and another company is looking to make sure everyone is equipped to follow their example. Synaptics, the leading touch controller company, has announced plans to develop pressure sensitive displays for use in Android devices....

AT&T finally gets approved for WiFi calling while Sprint, T-Mobile continue to break rules

AT&T has been struggling with the FCC to be granted a waiver on current rules for WiFi calling. The company pleaded to the FCC as T-Mobile and Sprint launched their WiFi calling services without proper waivers or certifications. http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/06/atnt-wifi-calling-fcc-waiver/

Samsung to experience profit growth for the first time in 2 years

Samsung's early Q3 2015 earnings guidance has been released, and the news is looking decent for the South Korean company. They've never had a problem turning profit, but this will be the first quarter that they've grown in profit in over 2 years. http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/6/9467547/samsung-q3-2015-earnings-guidance

Sony Xperia Z3+ is "coming soon" to US

Sony is now listing the device as "coming soon" on their US website. This is after Verizon has publicly confirmed plans to cancel their Z4v launch, and after the Xperia Z5 family has already been up for pre-order. http://www.xperiablog.net/2015/10/06/xperia-z3-plus-to-launch-in-us-listed-as-coming-soon-on-official-site/