Google has launched a minor redesign of the Google Pay app that’s a step backwards compared to other recently updated Google apps.
The new design stashes all the sections in a side menu, which is odd since apps like Google Photos recently moved towards displaying everything in a bottom bar to get rid of the side menu. The old version of Google Pay, which you can look at here, used the bottom bar method effectively, so it’s unclear why Google choose to change it.
For the most part, the new design is pretty non-offensive. It combines your passes and loyalty cards like PC Optimum or insurance cards with your selected payment method on the main screen. While this might make this feature a little more convenient, it’s still not a good update.
With the new Android 11 power menu that surfaces your contactless payment card options, you already have quick access to your credit and debit cards. Not to mention, it would make more sense for this menu to show your loyalty cards as well so they could easily get scanned at checkout. It’s just weird that Google decided to update the app with all these functions when it’s put so much work into Android 11 to make it, so users don’t need to open the actual Google Pay app often.
This new update puts the Google Pay app more or less on par with Apple’s Wallet app, but without the quick access shortcut that the Cupertino tech giant has in the iOS Control Center. That said, you could argue that the ‘View All’ option buried within a three-dot menu in the new power button menu is this shortcut on Android. However, the fact that it’s hidden in a menu makes it a little more of a hassle than a floating action button styled button.
In the end, I don’t have anything against the new main screen layout, but I don’t understand why Google didn’t leave the bottom bar with some of the more complex options.
OtterBox Launches Apple-Exclusive Cases for iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max – Stockhouse
FORT COLLINS, Colo. , Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — OtterBox, the No. 1 most-trusted case in smartphone protection, is the exclusive third-party case provider for the introduction of the new MagSafe ecosystem featured on Apple iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max. OtterBox Aneu Series and Figura Series cases are available now at Apple retail and apple.com. 1
Aneu Series and Figura Series are slim cases that have been thoughtfully designed to interact with Apple’s cutting edge MagSafe ecosystem that brings a whole new level of usability to your mobile experience. Perfectly and securely align your new iPhone to the MagSafe Charger and snap into place your MagSafe Wallet, all with trusted OtterBox protection.
“OtterBox has been in the business of protecting Apple devices since the very first iPhone,” said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke . “We are thrilled to work alongside Apple to help bring to life this latest innovation for the mobile industry.”
Aneu Series and Figura Series headline the full portfolio of OtterBox products for the new iPhone line-up, with rugged Defender Series, versatile Commuter Series, stylish Symmetry Series, sophisticated Strada Series, fan-favorite Otter + Pop featuring a built-in PopSockets PopTop and a variety of screen protection options. No matter your personal preference, OtterBox has the new iPhones covered. 2
Aneu Series and Figura Series are available exclusively at Apple retail, apple.com and otterbox.com and the rest of the OtterBox case portfolio for iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max can be found at otterbox.com.
OtterBox innovates bold products that deliver confidence and trust in any pursuit. From its humble beginnings with a drybox in a Fort Collins, Colo. , garage, OtterBox has honed and leveraged its expertise in manufacturing and design to become the No. 1-selling smartphone case brand in the U.S. and a leader in rugged outdoor lifestyle products. 1
At the center of every OtterBox innovation is a deeper goal to effect positive, lasting change. In partnership with the OtterCares Foundation, OtterBox grows to give back by inspiring kids to change the world through entrepreneurship and philanthropy. To learn more about this mission, visit otterbox.com/givingback .
For more information, visit https://www.otterbox.com/ .
1 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection / Units Sold / January 2016 – July 2019
2 Aneu Series, Figura Series, Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series and Strada Series, are NOT protective against water. Will provide added protection against drops and shock.
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Got any signal up here? Nokia to build mobile network on moon
Finland’s Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first cellular network on the moon, the company said on Monday.
The lunar network will be part of the U.S. space agency’s efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 and build long-term settlements there under its Artemis program.
Nokia said the first wireless broadband communications system in space would be built on the lunar surface in late 2022, before humans make it back there.
The Finnish company will partner with Texas-based private spacecraft design firm Intuitive Machines to deliver the network equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.
After delivery, the network will configure itself and establish the first LTE (Long-Term Evolution) communications system on the moon, Nokia said.
“The network will provide critical communication capabilities for many different data-transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video,” Nokia said.
The first Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra images show redesigned camera bulbs – The Queens County Citizen
With the ulation rumors that Samsung may launch its S21 series by January, we naturally hope to get more details on the upcoming flagships. Okay, thanks for the latest set of renders leonleaks This gives us our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra. In addition, the source supports the January launch rumors.
Both phones come with a flat 6.2 “panel with S21 with centered punch hole cutouts like their predecessors, while the Ultras comes with a 6.7-6.9 curve with a more pronounced curve.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra
On the back, the two phones come with a completely different design. The S21 camera bump has increased compared to the S20 and is now wrapped around the frame of the device. We have three vertically stacked cameras, but the flash is now kept separate from the camera bump.
Elsewhere the design does not change much until the button is placed. We can locate the dual-microphone holes above and the dimensions listed on the phone are 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm (without camera bump).
The S21 Ultra gets a more substantial camera bump on its back with four lenses. Like the Vanilla S21, it is stretched to fit with the phone side frame.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The dimensions listed for the S21 Ultra come in at 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm, adding another 2mm to the overall thickness of the camera bump. Rumors of an S-Pen turned out to be in addition.
In addition to the new renders, both the S21 + and its Ultra counter are featured in China’s 3C certification database. Useful bit of information from the lists is that both phones come with 25W charging.
Samsung Galaxy S21 + and S20 Ultra Charger Lists
Upcoming Galaxy S models will feature the “EP-TA800” charger, which was also confirmed last week when the Galaxy S21 was seen with the same charger on the 3C listing.
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