Samsung thinks it can take on any market on its own. Apple is being cautious with one market. All while Netflix brings Android Wear support.
Samsung is like the second coming of Apple – they just can’t take another service and work with it. The latest rumors suggest the Korean manufacturer is set to launch its very own mobile payments system come first half of 2015 (according to “multiple sources”).
Samsung is said to have reached a deal with a payments startup and the service is very well underway. This service would allow Samsung users to pay by using their smartphones, just like one would with Apple Pay, Google Wallet or Softcard (previously known as ISIS).
Opinion: Why can’t manufacturers just work together on this one? Some have support for one thing, some for others. It’s just a mess! We don’t need so many payment solutions!
It’s not a good time for Russia. The country’s currency (ruble) has lost stability, it has gone down in value by about 50% since last year and the economy is suffering for this. To make matters worse, the geeks out there can no longer buy Apple products online (at least temporarily… let’s hope).
The reasoning is that Apple is trying to figure out what to do with pricing. They certainly don’t want to sell their products for money that won’t be worth much in the near future. Numbers are expected to keep decreasing, with many loosing faith in the country’s future.
Opinion: Not like buying Apple products is a high priority in such a crisis, but it certainly represents what Russia is going through. Other companies may follow suit with Apple, meaning business will continue to be harmed.
Netflix has been updated with a few improvements. For starters, you can now recommend content you love to others, straight from your smartphone. Netflix has also added images to their notifications, but the most interesting improvement will be Android Wear integration.
The Netflix app for Android can now take advantage of your smartwatch. You can get alerts for recommendations, as well as allowing you to control these recommendations from your wrist. These include the ability to watch, thank, play or get more details on the content.
Opinion: To be honest, I was hoping for more direct control. It seems these are exclusive to recommendations, and not a general remote control for your Netflix experience. Hopefully Netflix can get to work soon enough.