The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 4/10 – 4/14
Comcast’s ‘Xfinity Mobile’ carrier is now official, uses Verizon’s network
Comcast officially introduced their new carrier offering called ‘Xfinity Mobile’ this week, which uses Verizon‘s network infrastructure. Currently, Xfinity Mobile is not yet available for the public as it is undergoing final testing. It currently supports a limited number of smartphones from Apple, LG and Samsung, and blends a combination of Wi-Fi with traditional cellular networks. Xfinity Mobile’s top offering is a $65 per month unlimited plan, with a $15 discount for existing customers of Comcast’s existing services. [Read More]
ZTE Quartz is now official, available with 3G on T-Mobile only
ZTE’s new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch, the Quartz, has been made official. Quartz is an entry model device available with or without a 3G modem (the cellular model is a T-Mobile exclusive) with prices starting from under $200. Unlike premium Android Wear smartwatches, the ZTE Quartz is missing NFC so it won’t be compatible with Android Pay, but it comes with a large 500mAh battery, which promises good battery life. It’ll be available starting April 14 if you purchase online or April 21 in stores. [Read More]
Korean Samsung Galaxy S8 records 550,000 pre-orders in just two days
Samsung opened up pre-orders for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 models in South Korea and in just two days, scored 5.5 times as many as with the previous generation Galaxy S7 family. The Galaxy S8 has seen extensive marketing with many carriers offering freebies, accessories or discounted line costs for pre-ordering customers: Samsung has a lot riding on this flagship device. Units will ship when the handsets release on Friday, April 21. [Read More]
Fitbit will shut down Pebble servers, but is allowing devices to continue working
Fitbit acquired smartwatch startup, Pebble, late last year and suspended development of new products and services. Since then, Fitbit has kept quiet on their plans but we now have some visibility. The company is releasing a software update for Pebble smartwatches that will allow them to continue working when the Pebble cloud service is stopped – which is scheduled for later in the year. Pebble watches will lose certain features, such as the weather, voice dictation and messaging, but will still be partially functional. See the full report here -> [Read More]
Huawei’s Chief Executive Officer doesn’t wear a watch or believe in smartwatches
Huawei’s Chief Executive Officer, Eric Xi, doesn’t wear a watch. He also doesn’t understand smartwatches saying that we can already do everything we need on a smartphone. These comments are despite Huawei’s successful first generation Android Wear smartwatch, and their follow-up device announced earlier in the year. Does this mean that Huawei will exit the market, probably not. Here’s what we know -> [Read More]
Several banking apps gain Android Pay support
A few banks announced updates this week that will bring Android Pay support to their own apps. With Google’s service built right in, users will be able to not only manage their accounts from inside the app, but use their credit and/or debit card(s) to transfer payments across to any NFC terminal so long as their phone’s hardware permits it. For the banks that have this support, there is thus no need to install the entirely separate Android Pay app. Learn how to kill two birds in one stone if you’re compatible right here -> [Read More]