Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will launch a smartphone app in South Korea that would allow for easier use of its mobile payments service for online transactions, the Electronic Times reported on Friday citing unnamed sources. The South Korean paper said the app, to be called Samsung Pay mini, would be compatible with all Android and Apple Inc. devices and could launch as early as June. The mobile payments service is currently compatible with Samsung devices but the firm has said it would consider expanding the service into other manufacturers' products. The paper did not say whether the app would be launched in other markets. A Samsung spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.
Samsung has announced that the new version of its browser, Samsung Internet, can be used on any relatively new Android phone, which is good news if you're bored of existing mobile browsers that already do the job perfectly well. The Korean tech giant made its software ambitions known in March when, in response to "many requests", it released a beta version of Samsung Internet (5.4) compatible with Google devices such as the Pixel and Nexus series. Now, the v6 beta version is being released for any phone running Android 5.0, aka Lollipop, or later. But on a landscape monopolized by the likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera, why has Samsung decided to throw its hat in the ring? Especially since this isn't the first time it's released an app for which there's no significant demand.
The OnePlus 3 and 3T are the big winners in the world of updates this week. The former is getting another taste of Nougat thanks to the company's beta software program. The 3T isn't there yet, but it's the recipient of another update that promises several improvements. Each week, we round up all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and security holes.