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Facebook is finally fixing its ‘real name’ problem

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 02:51 PM PST

Facebook real name policyAfter some controversies and embarrassing missteps, social-media giant Facebook is trying to introduce tools to let its users go by the names they most identify with. The tools it's rolling out today will change up both how account owners can both report on and respond to real-name challenges. "We're firmly committed to [our real-name] policy,

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Huawei Tapped Again For The Next Nexus?

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 02:50 PM PST

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The Huawei made Nexus 6P is without a doubt thee best Nexus device I have ever used, and possibly one of my favourite devices all time.  The killer handset has also been receiving rave reviews around the web and it seems that the partnership between Google and Huawei may extend for at least another year.

According to a rumour that had surfaced over on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, Google and Huawei will partner together once again for one of next years Nexus devices.  And what chip will be powering that device?  The Snapdragon 820 of course.  Word is that Google isn't sold on Huawei's home built Kirin so they'll utilize the chip that we'll likely see in the majority of 2016's flagship devices.

It is pretty early for rumours of the Nexus 6P sequel to be surfacing so take this with a grain of salt.  But I for one wouldn't mind seeing this partnership run along for another generation.

[GSMArena / Weibo]

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Google Play Books 3.7.45 Adds A "Night Light" That Makes Evening Reading Easier On Your Eyes [APK Download]

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 02:46 PM PST

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Google Play Books has a new feature called "night light" that should make tearing through text in the app in the evenings a bit less stressful on your ocular organs. The toggle, found in the same part of the UI as all the other in-text visual adjustments, works by slowly removing the amount of blue light on the screen the later in the day it is. The visual effect is to give the background an amber color which is supposedly less likely to cause visual strain in low ambient light.

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Google Play Books 3.7.45 Adds A "Night Light" That Makes Evening Reading Easier On Your Eyes [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Firefox Stable v43 Released On Android With Improvements To Accessibility, Reading List, And More

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 02:26 PM PST

Firefox-ThumbGoogle bundles Chrome with Android, but what about that other browser? Firefox has gotten pretty good these days, assuming you don't need deep integration with your Google stuff. The stable version of Firefox is getting an update today with the usual collection of tweaks and additions. Maybe it's time to give it another look.

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Here's the changelog for v43.

The most noticeable change is that the status bar is now tinted gray instead of the standard black.

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Firefox Stable v43 Released On Android With Improvements To Accessibility, Reading List, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Silent Night with Night Light

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 02:01 PM PST

Any time is a good time to read, but at night is perhaps the best. What better way to drift off to sleep than with a great book? Our readers agree. Looking at reading time across the world, we see that activity peaks between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm local time. But we also know looking at a bright screen before bed can be hard on your eyes. Cue the announcement!

Today we're introducing Night Light, a new feature that makes night time reading more enjoyable and easier on the eyes. When turned on, Night Light gradually filters blue light from your screen, replacing it with a warm, amber light as the sun sets. Night Light automatically adapts to the amount of natural sunlight outside based on the time of day, giving you just the right temperature and brightness. The color adjustment is more comfortable on your eyes and greatly improves low-light night reading.


Night Light is rolling out to Android and iOS readers now, and turning it on is easy. To activate Night Light on your phone or tablet, update your Google Play Books app to the latest version through Google Play or the App Store. Then open a book and turn on the Night Light mode option (you'll see a pop up in the app). After that, Night Light will always adjust to the perfect setting. We hope Night Light will help you drift off into a peaceful slumber once you finish just one more chapter.

Posted by Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager, Google Play Books
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Google will give Nexus users a $20 Best Buy gift card if they use Android Pay

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 01:31 PM PST

Mobile payments are becoming a big deal, with Google, Samsung and Apple all making big pushes into the market. Google has been making a new, concerted effort with Android Pay, its NFC payment system that makes it easy to tap and pay at many different retailers. But adoption is still a struggle for mobile payment services, so Google is making an offer to incentivize those that will likely be interested in giving Android Pay a shot.

Between now and December 31, Nexus users will receive a $20 Best Buy gift card if they use Android Pay for an NFC payment. There's nothing to fill out and no special trick to get the gift card, Google is simply trying to get more users to give Android Pay a try. After you've used Android Pay (between now and December 31), a $20 Best Buy gift card will be added to your Android Pay app.

The gift cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so there is the chance that they may run out before you get around to using Android Pay. But the opportunity to get a gift card for something as easy as using Android Pay should prove to be motivation for plenty of people. For the full rules, follow the source link below.


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Pebble Health brings fitness to Pebble Time, older Pebbles gain timeline

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 01:31 PM PST

Pebble has some big announcements to make today regarding both their new and old devices. Starting with the new devices, Pebble is introducing Pebble Health for the Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time Round. Pebble Health is Pebble's health and fitness tracking software. It was developed in collaboration with Stanford University and offers activity tracking as well as sleep monitoring.

Pebble Health will offer step tracking and, instead of measuring it against a fixed step count, it will instead measure it against your average step count, offering motivation to beat your current average. Pebble Health will also monitor the duration and quality of your sleep, offering insight on how to get a better night's rest. All of these things will be summed up in timeline pins that change depending on the time of day and what you've done. For example, you'll wake up and find a recap of your sleep, while the end of the day will bring you a look at your step count.

Pebble Health is compatible with both Google Fit and Apple HealthKit, allowing you to integrate its data into your one-stop fitness hub. Pebble is also working on creating a Health API that will be open to developers, allowing for futher innovation. In addition to integration with other services, Pebble is working with Stanford to offer technology for transparent data collection from wearables for health and medicine applications.

Aside from Pebble Health, Pebble also announced that the features of Pebble OS 3.0 are now available for the Pebble Classic and Pebble Steel. These features include the timeline as well as support for unlimited apps and other smaller features.

Pebble Health and the new features for older Pebbles are now live, and users simply have to update their watch and the Pebble app on their phone in order to utilize them.


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[Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars] (Star Wars) New Chrome Experiment Uses Your Phone As A Lightsaber (Star Wars!)

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 01:26 PM PST

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Star Wars? Star Wars Star Wars. But, Star Wars. The new Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars, and Star Wars. Star Wars Star Wars, Luke Skywalker, original trilogy. Jar Jar Binks, ugh. Darth Vader. Empire Strikes Back best. <Mercilessly mock Hayden Christensen as an insufferable, mewling infant, featuring overt and excessive hand-gesturing.> Millennium Falcon! Remastered editions <audible hissing>.

Great. Do we all have it out of our systems? Nope?

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[Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars] (Star Wars) New Chrome Experiment Uses Your Phone As A Lightsaber (Star Wars!) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sonos' Beta Support For Apple Music Arrives In Latest App Update

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 01:26 PM PST

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Apple and Sonos aren't BFFs just yet, but they're working on it. Today is December 15th, and as promised, beta Apple Music support has arrived. The news is visible in black and white in the changelog that accompanies the latest app update.

What's New:

  • Be among the first to enjoy Apple Music on Sonos. This update introduces support for the beta of Apple Music on Sonos.
  • In addition to Apple Music support, this update includes performance enhancements for various music services.
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Sonos' Beta Support For Apple Music Arrives In Latest App Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Pebble Introduces 'Pebble Health' Activity Tracking And Brings Timeline To Older Watches As Part Of Firmware 3.8

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 12:55 PM PST

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Part of the appeal of smartwatches is using them in place of a dedicated activity tracker. Pebble watches have had a number of third-party options available, but now Pebble is making a full effort of its the own. The company has rolled out Pebble Health, watch software that tracks your steps and monitors your sleeping.

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Pebble's take on the pedometer sets your goals relative to your own personal average, so you won't feel like a failure every time you fail to hit 10,000 steps.

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Pebble Introduces 'Pebble Health' Activity Tracking And Brings Timeline To Older Watches As Part Of Firmware 3.8 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Auto v1.5 Is Adding A Parking Assistant, Prepares Handwriting And Rotary Keyboards For Specially Equipped Cars [APK Teardown]

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 12:55 PM PST

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Google faces many interesting challenges with Android Auto. It seems like a simple task to build an interface that is less messy and more enjoyable than existing in-car systems. Given the low bar set by most existing platforms, this doesn't sound very difficult. However, Google is taking advantage of more advanced technology and clever design so Auto isn't just another small iterative step forward. A teardown of the latest update shows some interesting progress on new input methods that don't require as much attention and a parking assistant feature that remembers where you left your vehicle.

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Android Auto v1.5 Is Adding A Parking Assistant, Prepares Handwriting And Rotary Keyboards For Specially Equipped Cars [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Announces New On-Tap Features Including Package Tracking, Flight Status, And More

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 12:55 PM PST

ap_resizeGoogle Now On-Tap is one of those features that sounded great when it was announced, but has failed to live up to the hype now that it's out. It's not going to remain in that state forever, though. Google is already adding new features to On-Tap, including some we've already noticed. A blog post on the Inside Search blog lays it all out.

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If you're picking someone up from the airport, you can use On-Tap to display flight information when they tell you the flight number.

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Google Announces New On-Tap Features Including Package Tracking, Flight Status, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Vimeo Finally Updates Its Busted Old App To v2.0, But No Casting Support Until Q1 2016

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 12:10 PM PST

unnamedThe Vimeo app is one of those famously bad apps that actually make a mediocre mobile website look good by comparison. After years of being behind the curve, Vimeo is finally stepping up its app game with a v2.0 update. There's a lot of good stuff here, but you'll have to wait a bit for all the pieces to be in place.

If you've ever used the Vimeo app (and I feel bad for you if so), this will be a completely different experience.

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Vimeo Finally Updates Its Busted Old App To v2.0, But No Casting Support Until Q1 2016 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Workout smarter with the Striiv Fusion fitness tracker and save 32% [Deal]

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 12:00 PM PST

9cfb9010d6ab42b2072bb3bce287855613ebddff_main_hero_image  Striiv's newest smartphone tracker, the Fusion offers upgraded technology, quality design, and the most personalized tracking experience on the market, making it the ideal companion all day and all night. And if you get yours from Cult of Android Deals, you'll save 32% for a limited time. Striiv Fusion's sleek, minimalist touchscreen delivers essential

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Android Wear adding new watch faces from a variety of fashion brands

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 11:59 AM PST

When it comes to watches, fashion is part of the conversation. For Android Wear adopters, there's a series of new watch faces coming down the pipe that are all put together from a variety of different fashion brands.

There are nine brands getting in on the fun with the new faces, and they're all unique in their own way. The customization options for Android Wear continue to climb, which is certainly one of the selling points for the wearable platform. Here are the nine brands you can expect to see beginning today:

  • Ted Baker: Reveal your sophisticated side with ten gorgeous designs.
  • Melissa Joy Manning: Rock a different birthstone for every month of the year.
  • Vivienne Tam: Watch Opera Girl twirl, take a selfie, and more.
  • Nicole Miller: Stay on track and in style with Nicole Miller's pop art.
  • Y-3: Sport the styles of Yohji Yamamoto, inspired by the beauty of human movement.
  • Mango: Add instant chic to any outfit with this ready-to-wear watch face.
  • Zoe Jordan: Free your time of clutter with the clean lines of modern design.
  • Harajuku Kawaii!: Express your playful side with this adorable and vibrant watch face.
  • ASICS: Motivate yourself to stay active with the help of your fitness buddy.

As mentioned above, these new watch faces are available now to Android users, but for anyone out there using an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone, these new faces will be available soon.

Android Wear watch faces Vivienne Tam

What do you think of the above examples from Vivienne Tam and Nicole Miller? Do you think you'll check out these new watch faces?


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Google Now on Tap adds related articles, package tracking and more

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 11:14 AM PST

Google Now on Tap is easily the biggest feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Google is working to make the service as useful as possible. Beginning today, Google is rolling out a few new features to Now on Tap that add some functionality to the service, particularly in light of the holiday season. First off, Now on Tap can track flights and packages. If you're looking at a screen with a flight number, you can simply bring up Now on Tap and it'll show you the status of your flight. The same goes for tracking numbers, which will bring up the current status of your package.

Another new feature is that Now on Tap will bring up related articles. For example, if you're reading an article about all of the rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S7, opening Now on Tap will bring up related articles.

Finally, Google Now on Tap is now available in six new languages. This means that those who speak French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian or Korean will now have the ability to utilize Now on Tap, expanding its usefulness to a broader audience. It's good to see Google adding more functionality to Now on Tap. In its current stage, Now on Tap is interesting and has a lot of potential, but the amount of use that it receives is actually surprisingly low, since a lot of functionality isn't there yet. As time goes on, however, we should see Now on Tap becoming even more advanced and helpful.


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It’s about time: Pebble Health app plays catch-up with Apple Watch

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 11:02 AM PST

Pebble Health provides native fitness and sleep tracking. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidYou no longer have to rely on third-party apps to track your fitness on a Pebble watch. Pebble is today rolling out a new update that adds Pebble Health, a new fitness and sleep tracking feature that wants to help you become fitter and healthier. Pebble Health, which is available on Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round,

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Pandora Introduces Thumbprint Radio, A Station Based On Every Song You've Given A Thumbs Up

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 10:57 AM PST

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You start with a song. Ten seconds in, you decide that this one isn't your style. You give it a thumbs down, and the track goes away. Another song begins. You love it, and give it a thumbs up. You don't particularly like or dislike the next one, but you give a few of the songs after more approval. Then you create another station, and you start the process again.

You do this for years.

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Pandora Introduces Thumbprint Radio, A Station Based On Every Song You've Given A Thumbs Up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Pay Adds 19 New Visa And MasterCard Issuers, Including PNC Bank And KeyBank

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 10:11 AM PST

security-devicesA mobile payment service is only useful if you can, you know, use it... which must be pretty disheartening for customers of smaller banks and credit unions. Each one of them needs to be certified with new payment systems before their customers can join in the "fun" of paying for stuff with their phones. Today Samsung Pay, the semi-proprietary system that's surprisingly interoperable thanks to some neat payment tech, adds a whopping 19 new Visa and MasterCard issuers to its list of compatible banks and similar companies.

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Samsung Pay Adds 19 New Visa And MasterCard Issuers, Including PNC Bank And KeyBank was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Pushbullet Adds Group Texting Support And Ability To Switch Drives While Using Remote Drive [APK Download]

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 09:56 AM PST

pushbullet-logoPushbullet added two small, but useful, new features this morning. First, replying to group SMS from a computer or tablet is now (finally) supported. In a small gesture of holiday goodwill, Pushbullet won't count group SMS messages against the 100 message limit for non-paying users for the rest of the month.

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Group texting is now available through Pushbullet's Chrome extension, Windows desktop app, and Pushbullet's website. Support for Safari, Opera, and Firefox is coming soon.

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Pushbullet Adds Group Texting Support And Ability To Switch Drives While Using Remote Drive [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Pay Can Now Handle In-App Purchases, And Some Popular Services Have Already Jumped On Board

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 09:24 AM PST

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The words "in-app purchases" aren't generally what we want to see in a headline, but in this case, they're not out to rip you off. App developers can now use Android Pay to manage their in-app purchases.

This should cut down on the number of times Android Pay users have to enter their credit card details. If you're using Lyft to order a ride and already have your payment methods saved in Android Pay, the app will pull them up automatically.

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Android Pay Can Now Handle In-App Purchases, And Some Popular Services Have Already Jumped On Board was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Wear: Dress things up with new designer watch faces

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 09:19 AM PST

What makes a watch worth wearing? It should be beautiful and useful. Save you time and express your style. Like mechanical watches, Android Wear watches come in countless sizes, styles, and brands. And the different ways to wear what you want keep growing—just last month, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer and fashion brand Fossil launched their first watches powered by Android Wear.

But a watch's physical design isn't the only way to express your style with Android Wear. You can also choose from thousands of inspiring, useful, and downloadable watch faces. Today, we're sharing new watch faces from nine iconic fashion brands.

  • Ted Baker: Reveal your sophisticated side with ten gorgeous designs. 
  • Melissa Joy Manning: Rock a different birthstone for every month of the year. 
  • Vivienne Tam: Tap Opera Girl to see her twirl, take a selfie, and more.
  • Nicole Miller: Stay on track and in style with Nicole Miller's pop art.
  • Y-3: Sport the styles of Yohji Yamamoto, inspired by the beauty of human movement. 
  • Mango: Add instant chic to any outfit with this ready-to-wear watch face.
  • Zoe Jordan: Free your time of clutter with the clean lines of modern design.
  • Harajuku Kawaii!: Express your playful side with this adorable and vibrant watch face. 
  • ASICS: Motivate yourself to stay active with the help of your fitness buddy.

Android phone owners can download these watch faces today. And iPhone owners can find these unique designs in their Android Wear mobile app in the coming days. 'Tis the season for festivities and fun! Pick your fashion favorites to match your outfit, mood, or occasion. 



Posted by Kaitlyn Hurst, Product Marketing Manager, Android Wear


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Android Pay can now be used to make purchases inside apps

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 08:58 AM PST

Android Pay comes to your apps. Photo: GoogleYou can now use Android Pay to make purchases inside compatible Android apps. Lyft, OpenTable, and Wish are some of the titles that already support Google's mobile payment service, and many more will be updated with Android Pay support in the coming months. Millions of users have activated Android Pay since it launched this fall, Google says, and

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Samsung Pay pulls in an additional 19 Visa and MasterCard issuers

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 08:42 AM PST

Support for Samsung Pay is larger than ever with the announcement that Samsung's payment service is partnering with 19 new banking services which use Visa and MasterCard. The news comes a week after Samsung Pay added support for gift cards from 50 major retail brands.

Much like Google Wallet and Apple Pay, Samsung Pay uses NFC for mobile payments, but it also uses special Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology inside. Samsung Pay is compatible with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5, which can digitally replicate an old fashioned magnetic card to pay at the over 30 million magnetic card readers worldwide. It may not be as flashy as Apple Pay, but Samsung is claiming that it is the most widely accepted mobile payment system in the world.

If you haven't given Samsung Pay a try yet, we recommend you do. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing the look on a cashier's face when you tap your phone on an old magnetic card reader and watch the transaction go through.


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Android Pay support now available in apps

Posted: 15 Dec 2015 08:42 AM PST

Android Pay launched this fall and it has already seen rapid adoption from users. Now it's time for developers to get in on the fun.

On Tuesday, the Official Android Blog announced that, beginning today, Android Pay now works in Android applications. That means that users won't have to pull out their card when making a purchase on their mobile device, and entering in the information is no longer a necessary step, either, as Android Pay saves all the pertinent details for a quick checkout procedure.

There are already plenty of different apps that support Android Pay, including Lyft, Doordash, Fancy, Instacart, OpenTable, Spring, and many others. The list is obviously still growing, and the Android team has included an Android Pay API on a dedicated developer site to make sure that support continues to grow.

There are some deals, too, to take note of when you use Apple Pay in select apps:

"For a limited time, you'll also get special savings by using Android Pay in select apps—from $20 off on OpenTable* dining, $10 off your Lyft ride*, $10 off DoorDash* to 30% off Vinted*—there's something for everyone."

That's not all, though. Android Pay is coming to Australia in the first half of 2016, too. The post says that many of the country's major financial institutions are in negotiations, including Westpac, ANZ and many others, to add support for the mobile payment option through their MasterCard and Visa cards.

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