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2 years ago

Participating Subway restaurants will accept Google Wallet

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Fans of footlongs and 4G will soon be able to pay for their sandwiches using Google Wallet. The restaurant chain has announced (and we've also been tipped with an internal Subway e-mail -- there's a first) its intention to full support NFC purchases with Google Wallet at more than 7,000 restaurants by April 2012. Also in 2012, expect full support for Subway Cards.

Restaurants in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, among others, have already been receiving the NFC hardware, and the rest should get them by the end of the year.

Hit the break for the internal Subway e-mail, or find the official press release here.

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2 years ago

Microsoft reaches licensing agreement with Quanta computers, the manufacturer of the Kindle Fire

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Microsoft and Quanta Computer have signed (what we presume is a giant stack of legal papers) an agreement that protects and licenses Quanta by providing "broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Quanta’s tablets, smartphones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform".  The full details of the agreement haven't been disclosed, and likely never will be, but it's another deal where Microsoft will earn money on the back of software using the Linux kernel.

Quanta Computer probably isn't a name you recognize, but there's a good chance you're using some of their products.  They build hardware to spec for other companies -- including the Amazon Kindle Fire.  This, and the addition of Chrome OS to the mix makes this a dangerous precedent.  Microsoft has long considered open source software, and the Linux kernel in particular, a thorn in their side and have used creative ways to try to stop the distribution of products using the technology.  Let's have a look at the history a bit after the break.

Source: Microsoft

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility shareholders to vote on Google merger on Nov. 17

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Motorola this morning announced a special meeting Nov. 17 to vote on the merger agreement with Google -- that little deal announced in August. Maybe you heard of it. Stockholders have to be on the books as of Oct. 11, 2011, in order to vote. The meeting will be in San Diego. Full word's after the break.

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2 years ago

Grand Theft Auto III coming to Android this fall

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Wow -- Talk about something to make you feel old. 10 years ago this month Rockstar Games released the original Grand Theft Auto III to the masses and now it is time to celebrate once again by taking it mobile. Soon, Grand Theft Auto III will be available on various Android Smartphones and tablets including:

 Droid X2, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S2, Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Awesome! Time to brush up on your GTA skills because release is happening soon, it'll be interesting to see how well the game does as well -- 10-years later. Can't help but notice that one specific PlayStation certified device is missing from the line-up though.

Source: Rockstar Games; via: Game Hunters

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2 years ago

The Android team now has its own Twitter account

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If you're using Twitter and reading Android Central, here's a quickie for you -- the Android team now has a dedicated Twitter account.  Follow them here, and be sure to follow Android Central as well for the latest news, reviews, and tips!

Via @Tim Bray

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich statue arrives on Google campus [updated with video]

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As is the tradition with each new version of Android, a new dessert-themed statue has appeared outside Building 44 on Google's Mountain View campus. This time it's an Android-shaped Ice Cream Sandwich, that's joined other tasty treats on Google's lawn, in a photo uploaded by Google software engineer Michael Soland.

Not long now, folks. We'll very likely have more Ice Cream Sandwich goodness in the next week at the rescheduled Samsung Unpacked event, along with a shiny new Nexus device, too.

Update: Andy Rubin has posted the video of the event, and you can find it after the break.

Source: +Michael Soland

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2 years ago

Google opening their own MP3 store? [rumors]

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According to the New York Times, Google executives have claimed that they will be opening a Google Music MP3 store in the coming weeks.  Likely to be connected to the current Google Music Beta offering, the service would compete with Apple and Amazon to allow users to purchase and store music files in the cloud.  (Cue the lawsuits in 3, 2...).  While Google officially declined to comment to the Times, as did any of the Music labels, the idea makes perfect sense.  We know Google wanted to get content agreements for music, and after publicly criticizing the music industry Google decided to follow the route taken by Amazon and offer users storage for their own files.  In addition, the songs that are offered for free on the existing service certainly aren't royalty-free, so some arrangements have to be already standing.  If the rumor is true, this may be something we hear about on Oct. 19 at the Ice Cream Sandwich event.  We'll keep you posted if anything further develops.

Source: New York Times; via CNETThanks, Derek!

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2 years ago

Google Q3 earnings conference call [audio]

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Missed out on the call but still want to hear it? No problem. We got you covered. You can listen to the audio from the call below or simply download the file for later.

Direct Audio Download Link

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2 years ago

Amaze 4G buyers, ICS Incredible [From the Forums]

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Nothing quite like an earnings call from Google to help break up the day. Long story short -- Google is making a lot of money and Android is doing amazing, plus -- Ice Cream Sandwich is going to be incredible. If you missed out on any news from today, make sure you get caught up either here on the blogs or in the Android Central forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Larry Page: "We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."

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Google is in the middle of their Q3 earnings call, where they have announced that they are doing very well. During the Q&A, someone asked about the patent issues currently going on and what Google is going to do about them.

Larry Page, CEO, had a few things to say regarding the patent issues:

  • "We see our partners and our ecosystem growing hugely. Ultimately other companies actions will alienate their customers."
  • "We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."

Another question later on was pointed directly at Microsoft and the licensing deals they have been reaching with companies such as Samsung. Here is what he said:

  • "Rather than seeing Microsoft compete in the marketplace with their own phones, they continue resorting to legal measures to hassle their own customers. We haven’t seen the details of those agreements and I assume our partners are making good deals for themselves. We see Android growing Gangbusters and we don’t see anything that will stop that."

So, Android is growing remarkably well and he doesn't see Microsoft or any other company slowing that growth down any time in the near future.

Source: Google

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