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Top Android News: Thursday, June 1

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Top Android News: Thursday, June 1

Top Android News: Thursday, June 1

Welcome to Top Android News, our daily running feed of the most important news from the wonderful world of Android. Throughout the day, we’ll be updating this post with the latest coverage from your favorite sources — so be sure to keep checking back.

08:47 (EDT) | According to a new report published by The Wall Street Journal, Bixby Voice, which was originally supposed to launch alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, won’t be available in the United States until “at least late June” as Samsung is reportedly having a tough time teaching it English.


09:30: (EDT) | Motorola’s announced the Moto Z2 Play as its successor to last year’s Moto Z Play. The handset is almost identical to its predecessor, though it has a redesigned home button that supports swiping gestures, a faster Snapdragon 626 processor, a standard configuration of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and a smaller 3,000mAh battery.


10:46 (EDT) | Android Pay is now available in Taiwan. To get started, you’ll need to grab the application from the Play Store, then register using a Visa or MasterCard issued by a supported bank, including CTBC and First Bank. If your payment institute isn’t compatible yet, don’t panic — more will be added in the coming weeks.


12:21 (EDT) | Waze is set to commence a beta test of its navigation application for Android Auto, reveals an email sent to testers, obtained by 9to5Google. Testers enrolled in the program will need to connect a smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later to their Android Auto unit via a USB cable for the application to work when it’s live.


14:29 (EDT) | A render has surfaced on Weibo allegedly showcasing a Rose Gold variant of the Galaxy S8 Plus. We have our doubts about its authenticity, though, as the edges around the camera lens and body of the device are too rough to be the real deal. That said, we’re not ruling out the possibility of a similar hue launching in the future.


16:18 (EDT) | The refurbished variant of the Galaxy Note 7 — dubbed the Galaxy Note FE (Fandom Edition) — could be priced at 699,600 won ($623) when it hits the shelves in South Korea later this year. At least, that’s what a prematurely-published listing on a local retailer’s website would lead you to believe. Nothing’s confirmed, though.


 

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