Samsung Expands Wallet Availability
Samsung recently made its Samsung Wallet application available via the Google Play Store. It was previously only available via Samsung's own app store. The app, which is compatible with the Galaxy S3, S4, Note I, and Note II, lets users store membership cards, boarding passes, tickets, and other content/associations on their smartphone. The app relies on bar codes rather than NFC for making purchases. Samsung is skipping NFC for now because retailers prefer the bar codes (less infrastructure to deploy). The app has support from Walgreens, Belly, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Lufthansa. Samsung Wallet competes directly with Google Wallet, which is available to more Android-based phones, and Isis, which is launching later this year with wide support from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
T-Mobile Rolls Out Buy-One, Get-One Offer for Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6
T-Mobile said shoppers will be able to score a free Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, or LG G6 or V20 (pictured) through a new buy-one, get-one offer that kicks off June 16. Existing T-Mobile customers need to buy both phones on an installment plan and subscribe to an unlimited data service plan in order to qualify.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go On Sale In US July 21
Samsung today said the Coral Blue variant of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets will become available to U.S. buyers starting July 21.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.