Like the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new devices get PayPal fingerprint authentication

PayPal’s mobile wallet app is expanding its support for Samsung’s latest devices. The company first added biometric security in April with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit and now that Samsung has a newer range of devices, they too will work with PayPal’s mobile payment app. Earlier on Wednesday, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 4 with improved fingerprint scanner which will support PayPal’s app. Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch will as well. I’d expect PayPal to bring its app to more devices outside of Samsung’s galaxy in the coming months: It already has a beta app for Android Wear devices available, for example. By this time next week, we’ll know if Apple plans to enter the mobile wallet game to do battle with PayPal, Google Wallet and other similar solutions.

It’s time Samsung expanded the Galaxy smartphone line

Samsung today announced four new handset classes in the Galaxy line. The strategy is a departure for Samsung, which relied on a single model to boost sales over the prior two years. There’s a good reason for the change as Samsung fights for the smartphone crown.

Android This Week: Acer A500 Reviewed; Android 2.3 Arriving; PayPal Deposits

Android device owners may enjoy less driving thanks to PayPal: an application update this week adds the ability to deposit checks with an Android smartphone. Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 received a relatively good review while Samsung announced plans for Gingerbread updates on smartphones and 7-inch tablets.

Android 2.3 Coming to Samsung Galaxy Phones, Tablet

Samsung is will bring Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, to it’s Galaxy S handset line as well as its 7-inch Galaxy tablet. That’s good news, as many Galaxy S owners waited months for the last update. My first look at Gingerbread on the Tab shows many improvements.

Android This Week: Faster Galaxy S; Good Fragments; Dual-Core Chip Wars;

I spent time with Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G phone and found it a worthy upgrade. The next Galaxy S is a question mark though; the processor inside may vary based on region, which could mean software incompatibility. And Google is ironically combatting Android fragmentation with fragments.

Android This Week: Froyo Updates; Fragmentation Fights; Xoom Pricing

After months of waiting to see the faster speeds and other benefits that Froyo, or Android 2.2, will bring to Samsung Galaxy S phones, the wait is over. But there’s a catch! Also seen this week was rumored pricing for the Xoom tablet, which is astronomical.

Samsung Has First Wi-Fi Direct Smartphone

Samsung’s Galaxy S is the first smartphone certified for Wi-Fi Direct, a new standard that supports peer-to-peer wireless transfers without an access point or hotspot. Users could securely shoot media or data to a wireless printer, hard drive, picture frame or any number of Wi-Fi-capable devices.

MobileTechRoundup 202 – CTIA Became the Android Show

Was it just us or did Android steal the show at CTIA this year? In this week’s audio podcast we chat about that and wonder if the bar has been raised for Apple’s next handset due to the high-end smartphones announced at CTIA.

Top 5 Superphones to Watch

There are smartphones and there are superphones, and the latter is heating up to a boil.The release of cool new phones often slows down to a trickle, but this year it’s becoming more of a firehose. Here are the 5 best superphones to watch.