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Tinder rebels against Google Play app fees by taking direct payments

Sponsored Links Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Tinder is exploring a different approach to fighting app store fees — it’s simply ignoring what the store operators want. The dating giant has introduced a default payment process into its Android app that skips Google Play’s system entirely, instead taking payments directly. And if you go …

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Android will show a detailed look at your wireless earbuds’ battery life

Sponsored Links Jaybird Google has revealed a handful of new Fast Pair capabilities coming out this year that’ll make compatible Bluetooth headsets better competitors to Apple’s AirPods. One of those features is Android’s ability to display individual battery information for your earbuds and their case, and it’s coming out later this year. It’ll also add …

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‘Dr. Mario World’ hits iOS a day early

Sponsored Links Nintendo The doctor is in, at least on iOS, as Nintendo’s latest mobile game, Dr. Mario World, has arrived a day early on iPhone, iPad and iPad touch. Several Engadget editors were able to play Nintendo’s match-three puzzler before the expected launch date of July 10th. However, the game isn’t live on Android …

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Spotify Lite is now officially out for 36 markets around the world

Sponsored Links Spotify Spotify has been testing a smaller, lighter version of its app since mid-2018 in hopes of expanding its reach to regions where internet connections are slow and people tend to use low-end-to-mid-range devices. Now, that app is finally ready for primetime. Spotify Lite is now officially available on Google Play for 36 …

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Google Photos will let you manually tag faces it doesn’t recognize

Sponsored Links SOPA Images via Getty Images Google Photos’ product lead David Lieb took advantage of some downtime this week to start a surprisingly open dialogue on Twitter. Yesterday, he asked users what they want to see next from Google Photos — new features, bug fixes, performance improvements, etc. The conversation lasted for hours, and …

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Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7th

Sponsored Links Samsung The rumors were true — Samsung has announced that it’s holding its second Unpacked event of the year on August 7th at 4PM Eastern in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The company hasn’t said anything about what to expect, but the pen-centric teaser image (above) doesn’t leave much to the imagination. The Galaxy Note …

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Samsung chief says he pushed Galaxy Fold ‘before it was ready’

Sponsored Links Samsung Samsung hasn’t commented much on its decision to delay the Galaxy Fold and address design flaws, but it’s opening up a little today. The company’s electronics division CEO, DJ Koh, told those at a media event that he “pushed [the phone] through before it was ready.” The setback was “embarrassing,” he added. …

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Cryptocurrency Mobile App Downloads Stall Amid Price Surge: Report

Despite bitcoin’s (BTC) recent price surge, the download count of cryptocurrency-related mobile applications is not increasing, Bloomberg reports on June 28 Data form mobile app analytics firm App Annie shows that, while in the first half of 2018 there were 65.8 million cryptocurrency-related app downloads, in the first six months of this year there were …

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Xperia 1 pre-orders come with Sony’s latest premium headphones

Sponsored Links Sony Sony has a simple, straightforward way to entice would-be Xperia 1 buyers in the US: offer a bundle that might be hard to refuse. The tech giant is starting American pre-orders on June 28th, and those who purchase ahead of the July 12th release will get a pair of the company’s WH-1000XM3 …

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TrendMicro Detects Crypto Mining Malware Affecting Android Devices

A new cryptocurrency-mining botnet has been detected exploiting Android Debug Bridge ports, a system designed to resolve app defects installed on a majority of Android phones and tablets. The botnet malware, as reported by Trend Micro, has been detected in 21 countries and is most prevalent in South Korea. The attack takes advantage of the …

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