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.
09:30 (EDT) | After much delay, LG’s launched its NFC-based mobile payment service in South Korea, reports ZDNet. It’s currently only available on the firm’s latest flagship smartphone, the G6, but will make its way to its other devices in the near future.
10:00 (EDT) | In a blog post published on Friday, Google announced that it will bake an “ad filter” into Chrome as early next year, in an effort to build “a better web for everyone.” It won’t block every ad; only those deemed unacceptable by the Coalition for Better Ads.
10:30 (EDT) | According to Galaxy Club, Samsung’s started testing a model of the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 8 running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which it believes will be the version of the operating system that will ship on board the handset when it launches.
In addition, the publication claims that the Galaxy Note 8 has the same aspect ratio (18.5:9) as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, suggesting that it will sport a Infinity Display. Other purported specifications include an Exynos series (8895) processor and 6GB of RAM.
11:00 (EDT) | Snap — formally known as Snapchat — has today launched its famed Spectacles in Europe. The Snapbot, which handles the transactions, can be already found at the London Eye, says Wired, where it’s dispensing the camera-equipped frames for £130 ($167). They’re also available online.
London won’t be the only European city where you’ll be able to snag yourself a pair of Spectacles, though: Snap plans to place its Snapbots in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Venice over the course of the next few months. To find out where it’s headed next, keep an eye on the firm’s social media accounts.
12:00 (EDT) | The ZTE Nubia Z17 is the first smartphone on the market to support Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 4+ technology, which is reportedly capable of charging the handset’s 3,200mAh battery to 50 percent in 25 minutes. It also has an eye-watering 8GB of RAM. The Verge has the rest of the details.
12:30 (EDT) | Android Authority believes it’s obtained an image of the OnePlus 5’s retail packaging, and it appears to confirm that the handset will ship with a dual-camera setup — but that’s hardly breaking news. After all, pretty much every credible leak we’ve seen so far has pointed towards it.
13:45 (EDT) | An update has arrived for Bixby Voice in South Korea, bringing users the ability to send money to friends and family using nothing but their voice. They can also ask the virtual assistant for information about their bank account, like their remaining balance. Unfortunately, there’s still no word on US availability.
14:30 (EDT) | Bad news for folks with a OnePlus 2: OnePlus has announced that an official OxygenOS update based on Android 7.0 Nougat won’t reach the two-year-old handset. The news comes courtesy of an XDA-Developers member who shared a copy of their correspondence with the firm.
“As much as we would like to give the latest update on the OnePlus 2, we’ve discontinued updates for dated devices.
We will continue to support the limited warranty for current users and provide updates and support the best way we can.”
15:00 (EDT) | Google’s taken to its YouTube channel to share a short commercial showing off how convenient its mobile payment platform — Android Pay — is. We’re guessing it’s not a coincidence it was published on the same day LG launched its competitor, LG Pay.
16:00 (EDT) | Google Home is now available to pre-order in Canada. The AI-powered smart speaker carries a price tag of CAD$179 ($132), and supports both English and French out of the box. Those who’d prefer to walk into their local Best Buy, Staples or Walmart store to pick one up will be able to do so starting June 26.