Android Pay Vs Google Wallet: What's The Difference?

This week, Google announced Android Pay — a way to pay from your phone. No need for credit cards; just tap your handset against any supported card terminal. Sounds great — but also kind of familiar. Didn’t Google Wallet already do that? I just tried Android Pay, and here’s the deal.

The Analogue Origins Of Google's Material Design

As part of I/O, Google is giving us a closer look at the fairly old-school tools and ideas behind Material Design — and for anyone with an appreciation for a good X-Acto knife, a colour wheel, or a crisp fold of paper, this is going to be deeply satisfying.

This Is How NASA Tests Its Spacecraft-Saving Parachutes

How do you test the parachutes that will save spacecraft as they tumble towards the surface of a planet from the reaches of space? In the world’s largest wind tunnel, of course.

Project Ara Update: Still Not Available, But Looking Cooler Than Ever

At this morning’s ATAP session at Google I/O we got another little tease of Project Ara, Google’s modular smartphone. I mean, it was a tiny tease. Basically, it still a thing that exists. But! We got to see a little of it in action and it was pretty damn impressive.

Google Now Just Became The Most Compelling Reason To Use Android

In the early years (like, five years ago, to be honest), iPhone and Android were at odds. Closed vs open; Design vs customisation. Now, those lines are more blurred than ever. But Android has always had one absolute ace, and Google I/O 2015 just proved it: Google Now.

Here's Apple's Temporary Fix For Its iPhone-Crashing Messages Bug

Earlier this week, it came to light that a simple text message can crash Messages on any iPhone it’s sent to. Apple hasn’t fixed the problem at a software level yet — but it does have a temporary solution that you can use if you’re affected.

Free Games Friday: Plucky Rush, Absolon, Hyper Rift

The weekend’s almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.

New Google Platform Will Save Your Passwords On Third-Party Apps

Straight up too much time is spent punching a wide array of passwords for various apps onto the tiny text fields of our phones. Google’s trying to fix that with the Identity Platform, new tools for developers to help keep users signed into their apps in a secure, hassle-free way.

Google's New Android Features, As Told By GIFs

Android M is here! OK, the developer preview is here but still. It’s got Android Pay. It’s got battery-saving superpowers. It’s got a more powerful Google Now. Here’s the very first look at Android M in the subtle art of the GIF.

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Today’s best deals include Galaxy Trucker on Android, Geometry Wars 3 on iOS and MeeDJ on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!