Isis to Launch Mobile Payments October 22
Isis has confirmed that its mobile payment service will finally get off the ground in the coming days. "Isis will be launching in Austin and Salt Lake City on Oct. 22. By year end, as many as 20 Isis Ready handsets are expected to be in market. We look forward to sharing more details on Oct. 22," the company said in an email sent to The Verge. Isis was expected to launch its mobile payment service earlier this year, but faced delays. Isis didn't say if it will launch across all its carrier partners (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon) simultaneously, or if there will be a staggered launch. Isis also didn't specify what handsets will work with the service. An Isis application recently appeared in the Google Play Store, though it can only be seen by T-Mobile-branded smartphones. In August, a software update distributed to the Samsung Galaxy S II added Isis compatibility.
Samsung Reveals Galaxy Note 2, Plans U.S. Version
Samsung today announced the Galaxy Note 2, which offers a larger screen than the original in a design that closely resembles the Galaxy S III. The Note 2 has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 pixels.
Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II doesn't have any U.S. carriers yet, but Phone Scoop spent some time with it anyway.
Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II for T-Mobile USA
The Galaxy Note II proves that sometimes the sequel surpasses the original. The Note II, with its larger screen, faster processor, and much-improved camera, is a real contender for king of the phablets.
Samsung Details Premium Suite for Galaxy S III
Samsung today provided information about a software update for the Galaxy S III. The Premium Suite is an add-on that includes a handful of new features such as a split-screen mode similar to the one on the Galaxy Note II.
Facebook Home and Updated Messenger Hit Android
Facebook today made Facebook Home, its new launcher and user interface overlay, available to select Android smartphones. Facebook Home replaces the stock launcher on the device with one that presents Facebook content, such as the news feed, on the home screen.