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Samsung Pay currently serves just two countries. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Pay currently serves just two countries. Photo: Samsung

The Galaxy S7 could be accompanied by Samsung Pay when it launches in the U.K. next month. Samsung has confirmed the service will go live in Europe in early 2016, and it promises to tell us more during its Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress.

There's a lot of magic in that A9 chip. Photo: Apple

There’s a lot of magic in that A9 chip. Photo: Apple

Many of this year’s high-end Androids will come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor. It’s up to twice as fast as the Snapdragon 810 that powered many of last year’s flagships — but it still can’t beat the iPhone 6s.

According to tests carried out on GFXBench, Apple’s A9 processor outperforms Qualcomm’s best alternative — despite slower clock speeds and fewer cores.

No one sells more smartphones than Apple. Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr CC

No one sells more smartphones than Apple. Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr CC

iPhone owners are holding onto their smartphone a little bit longer than Samsung owners, and that appears to be helping the South Korean company catch up with Apple’s huge lead in marketshare.

Apple is still the world’s top manufacturer, but a new survey of smartphone owners found that 33% of iPhone users still have a device that’s more than two years old, while only 30% of Samsung owners are still using a two-year old model.

Samsung's browser with and without Ad Block Fast. GIF: Ad Block Fast

Samsung’s browser with and without Ad Block Fast. GIF: Ad Block Fast

Adblock Fast, the ad-blocker designed for Samsung’s own Android browser, has returned to Google Play less than a week after it was banned. What’s more, it now supports even more Samsung devices running Android 4.0 and up.

Your smartwatch market leader. Photo: Apple

Your smartwatch market leader. Photo: Apple

So the Apple Watch wasn’t the first smartwatch. It just became the most popular in a hurry.

Shortly after its debut last year, the Apple Watch set out to take over the market it was late to, accounting for two-thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, according to a report by analysts with Canalys.

By Canalys estimates, that’s about 12 million units with more than 5 million Apple Watches sold during the final quarter of 2015.

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