Upcoming 2.3 Pebble update brings actionable Android Wear notifications and more

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Pebble users have been left in the dust this year as Android Wear has taken hold over the smartwatch market–and offered some functionality that Pebble and other companies haven’t yet implemented. Today, Pebble has announced that they’re taking a step toward bringing their smartwatch offerings up to par with Wear, showing off a new upcoming software update that’s going to add actionable notifications and slew of other great features.

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OnePlus teases “Go Further” announcement for December 17

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OnePlus, following a slew of rumors this morning that the company might have something up its sleeve for tomorrow, has now posted an image with the tagline “Go Further” on its Google+ page, likely teasing some kind of announcement. There’s not much we can glean from the teaser image, but the post Google+ says that they’ve “got 10,000″ reasons to be excited for tomorrow.

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OnePlus One to get MaxxAudio in future update, rumors of new devices swirling

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OnePlus has announced this morning that the One, its flagship smartphone, will soon be getting a software update that brings a new audio enhancement software called “MaxxAudio” from GRAMMY Award winning company, Waves Audio. But that’s not all that’s happening in the world of OnePlus today, as rumors have begun swirling that the company plans to introduce a couple of new devices—and hardware updates to the One—very soon.

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Samsung reportedly planning its own LoopPay mobile payment solution compatible with 100% of cards & terminals

Samsung is planning to launch its own mobile payment service next year, in competition to both Google Wallet and Apple Pay, reports Re/code. It suggests that the company is in talks with LoopPay, a startup which describes itself as “the most accepted mobile wallet on the planet.”

The technology would allow people with certain Samsung phones to pay in the vast majority of brick and mortar stores by waving their phones instead of swiping with a credit card or cash […]

The talks between Samsung and LoopPay come as the idea of paying for goods in stores using a phone was rekindled in the U.S. thanks to the launch of Apple Pay.

The plan would allow Samsung’s mobile payment service to work with all cards and all payment terminals right out of the box …
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Netflix for Android updated w/ Social Recommendation feature, Android Wear support coming soon

SOMO ScreenshotsNetflix announced in a blog post this evening that it is pushing out an update to its Android app with a handful of new features. First off, the update introduces a new “Social Recommendation” capability, which has been available on iOS for some time now. This feature allows users to easily and privately recommend shows that they love to friends and family, right from an Android device.

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You can now control your Nest with Google Now voice commands

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It was only a matter of time following Google’s acquisition of home automation company Nest earlier this year that users would begin receiving the best of both worlds. One of the first marriages of each company’s products and services is Google Now integration with Nest, allowing for users to control the smart thermostat using voice commands. Read more

Gartner: Samsung continues to slow amidst Xiaomi growth in China

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Gartner today published its third quarter numbers, showing overall growth in the smartphone market and a strong quarter for Apple. Mobile devices overall saw as many as 456 million sold with smartphones taking a 301 million slice of that pie, which comes out to a solid 66% (up 20% from last year). This shift in the market seems to be hurting Samsung and Nokia the most, because while the Korean giant is still leading the pack, this year smaller companies with slimmer margins seem to be taking some of its foothold.

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Top 5 smartphones of 2014 (Video)

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It’s been one year in the making, but it’s finally time to take a step back and look at what we’ve been given this year in mobile technology. Smartphones have come a long way over the last year. With all of the launches we’ve seen, it’s time to put together the top 5 smartphones currently available…

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BlackBerry updates BBM with Android Lollipop support and landscape mode

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BlackBerry might have pioneered the smartphone industry, but the iPhone and Android-based devices have since captured the market and left the Canadian company in the dust. Looking to remain relevant with modern smartphone users, the company ultimately caved in and released its popular messaging app BBM for Android and iOS. Today, users checking the Play Store will find a major new update for the app in their queue. Read more