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6 years ago

PayPal to be an NFC partner in 2011?



Near Field Communication is a feature of Android OS that arrived with Gingerbread (2.3). The practicality of NFC in our day-to-day lives is still to be questioned, but it undoubtedly represents a unique piece of technology that has enormous potential.

As more carriers and credit card companies test out NFC for daily use, it will become clear exactly how effective the technology can be. Rumor has it that PayPal could be one of the first committed partners with Google and could even start NFC payments in the second half of 2011. Laura Chambers, who is Senior Director of PayPal Mobile, said that a commercial NFC service in late 2011 is feasible and that Google could represent a viable partner. 

Such a partnership would seem like a natural fit, given the amount of transactions PayPal handles on a daily basis. It would represent a big step forward for the NFC technology that has the potential to change the way we pay for goods and services.

What do you think about the potential of NFC? Would a PayPal partnership make you more likely to try it out? [Business Week]

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6 years ago

Last chance to sign up for Swiftkey beta program



TouchType online, the folks behind the amazing SwiftKey keyboard for Android (check out their development forum here at Android Central), has sent out an email to all their beta test program participants letting them know that open beta sign-up for the SwiftKey VIP program is ending Jan. 18.  The SwiftKey VIP program gives access to testing builds of the application, as well as access to the confidential VIP discussion forum at SwiftKey's website.  Anyone with software beta-testing experience, or who would like to get started should enroll while they can -- you can do that right here.  Word is some great new features are soon to be tested, and you don't want to miss out on a chance to test them.

Joe Braidwood, Chief Marketing Officer at TouchType also reminds everyone that it's not too late to vote in the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, so check that out right here, and make your voice heard. 

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6 years ago

LG Optimus 2X whips iPhone 4 in browser speed tests


 LG Optimus 2X vs. iPhone 4

In a test that should really surprise nobody, the dual-core Tegra 2 powered LG Optimus 2X got caught on video demolishing an iPhone 4 in browser speed tests over WiFi. What is most impressive is that the 2X apparently had Flash 10.1 fully enabled at the time, so those who visit Flash-enabled websites on a regular basis should be especially excited for the phone. It seems LG has improved the software since we last saw the phone showing off back in late November. Look for much more coverage of the device come CES and check out the video past the break. [PhoneArena]

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6 years ago

OnLive Coming to (Vizio) Android Devices


 OnLive on Android

Game streaming service OnLive has announced its availability on a bunch of new Vizio-built devices today. In addition to being able to play through Vizio's range of 3DTV's, gamers will also be able stream games to the manufacturer's upcoming Android tablets and phones.

OnLive's press release boasts:

With the click of a remote control, or a tap on a tablet or phone touchscreen, VIZIO owners will be immediately transported into the OnLive Game Service, with the same state-of-the-art, instant game experience you get with the OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, PCs, Macs®, and the iPad®. In fact, you’ll be able to save your OnLive game on one device, and instantly resume it on another device. Seamlessly.

OnLive has been available on iOS for some time, so its arrival on Android shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. So far, though, it's not clear whether OnLive on Android will be exclusive to Vizio's devices, or whether we'll see a more general release through the Android Market in the future.

Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen streaming games on Android phones. Last month some enterprising hackers got World of Warcraft streaming to the HTC Desire.

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6 years ago

More pics of the Xperia Play surface


Sony Xperia Play

The Sony Xperia Play, dubbed the 'Playstation Phone' has been leaked quite a bit in the past couple months, and more pictures have surfaced of the unannounced device.

The pics appeared on a Chinese forum and are further evidence an official announcement shouldn't be too far off. The devices pictured are running Gingerbread (2.3), suggesting that Sony will indeed release the gaming phone with the latest version of the OS.

Stay tuned for more info on the Xperia Play; there is bound to be more in the coming weeks. [HKgolden via Engadget]

For more, check out our Rumored Devices Forum

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6 years ago

Verizon changing its upgrade policy; you'll have to wait 20 months for a new phone


Verizon upgrade policy

Verizon's getting ready to change (they call it "simplifying") its upgrade policy starting Jan. 16, and it's not quite in favor of the consumer. As you can see in the above training material, customers on a standard two-year contract won't be able to upgrade in months 13 through 20 and instead must wait until the contract is nearly up. Also, the "New Every Two" program will be phased out as those customers re-up. Customers on one-year contracts won't be affected.

So it's a step backward, and it makes it that much more important to pick a good phone (and be willing to spend a few extra bucks to do so) -- and that much more important for Verizon and the manufacturers to update phones as best they can.

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6 years ago

Best Buy Mobile begins HTC Evo Shift 4G presale


HTC Evo Shift 4G pricing

Moments ago, Best Buy Mobile outlined their presale plans for Sprint's latest Android-powered QWERTY slider -- the HTC Evo Shift 4G.  Best Buy Reward Zone members are also given an exclusive chance to be one of the first people in the country to own an HTC Evo Shift 4G.  Best Buy Reward Zone card holders can preorder their handset now, and will receive their goods as early as Jan. 6, while the general public must wait until Jan. 9.

Head on over to Best Buy Mobile's website to get your preorder on.  The HTC Evo Shift 4G will set you back a cool $149.99 on contract, or if you're like Jerry and you avoid contracts like the plague, you can dish out the full retail cost -- $549.99.

Need more Evo Shift 4G?  Check out an video review via Wirefly (which also will be selling the phone -- convenient, eh?) after the break. [Best Buy Mobile]

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6 years ago

Pandigital introduces 9-Inch Android Multimedia Tablet and eReader arriving on AT&T


Still weighing options when it comes to Android tablets? Well Pandigital is hoping to sway you with their offering of a 9-inch multimedia tablet and eReader all in one. Arriving on AT&T at the end of this month bearing suggested retail price of $279.99. The Pandigital offering comes with an ARM 11 processor, 2GB of integrated memory and an SD, SDHC and MMC card reader that accepts up to 32GB memory in addition to a mini-USB port. On top of all that, included is AT&T wireless connectivity and Wi-Fi built in. Any takers? Oh ya, should be mentioned -- screen is resistive. [Press Release]

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6 years ago

Amazon working on new version of Kindle app for Android tablets


Kindle on the Galaxy Tab

We've read enough books on the Samsung Galaxy Tab to say that e-reading's a breeze on Android tablets. But that hasn't stopped Amazon from wanting to improve its Kindle app, and today it announced it's working on a new version for Android tablets. Amazon didn't offer up much beyond that, though it's probably safe to say we'll see something along the lines of the iPad version. And that ain't too shabby. [Press release]

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6 years ago

ESPN Pack launches on Sprint ID Devices


Sports fans on Sprint can now get their fill of ESPN coverage with the newly announced ESPN Pack for Sprint ID enabled handsets. The LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio and the Samsung Transform are among those supported. The ESPN ID pack includes access to:

  • ScoreCenter: Keep up with the latest scores and stats from 500 leagues around the world with the ESPN ScoreCenter app. With ScoreCenter, fans never miss another goal, run, or touchdown.
  • Video On Demand: Watch news and analysis from ESPN’s experts whenever and wherever.
  • ESPN Mobile TV: Catch the latest sports news and highlights, fan favorite studio shows, and more than 900 live events per year.
  • Fantasy Sports: Connect to ESPN Fantasy teams on the go. With one-tap Fantasy access, it’s never been easier to check on an injury, make a substitution or accept a trade.
  • ESPN Extras: Download wallpaper, ringtones, notifications and alarms from a variety of ESPN programs including SportsCenter, Pardon The Interruption, SportsNation and more.

If you're big on sports then chances are this will be a must have package for you. If you're not, Sprint does offer some other ID packs that may be of interest to you. You can learn more by checking out the direct Sprint ID page or hit the press release  after the break. [Sprint]

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6 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G official, available Jan. 9 for 149.99


*/ HTC Evo Shift 4G

The day some of us here have been waiting for has finally arrived. Yes, Sprint and HTC have announced the HTC Evo Shift 4G in all it's glory. The HTC EVO Shift 4G will be available exclusively from Sprint on Jan. 9 for $149.99 as was rumored previously. A short run through of the specs is listed below:

  • Android 2.2
  • 5MP autofocus camera and 720p HD camcorder.
  • Wi-Fi
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
  • Sprint Mobile Hotspot (supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices)
  • Android Market with access to more than 100,000 apps
  • Messaging – Personal and business e-mail, IM and text messaging
  • Social Networking Integration – Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more
    Visual Voicemail
  • Google Mobile Services, including YouTube, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Voice and Google Maps
  • GPS Navigation
  • Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • microSD slot (supporting up to 32GB memory card)

You can find the full specs here. As well, be sure to check out HTC Evo Shift 4G device gallery. Be sure to join us in the forums for more discussion, full press release is after the break.

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6 years ago

The HTC Evo Shift 4G makes another appearance ... again


The Evo Shift 4G is shaping up to become the worst kept secret of this year's CES. Engadget received some anonymous photos of the real thing up close. They even managed to nab a shot of the Evo Shift 4G's software information. At this rate, the phone will be rooted before it's even officially announced (not the first time that's happened). But don't fret, when this baby is officially announced, we'll be sure to let you guys know all the details. Hit the source link to see more shots of this QWERTY Android device up close. [Engadget]

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6 years ago

Will Honeycomb require dual-core to run? Or just to run 'properly'?


The managing director of a Korean consumer electronics firm has told PC Magazine that the next version of Android, nicknamed "Honeycomb," will need a dual-core ARM-9 processor to run "properly."

Let us note a few things here: Honeycomb, which has yet to be announced by Google but was previewed by Andy Rubin last month on a dual-core Motorola tablet, will run on smarpthones as well as tablets. Rubin said as much. And we know that dual-core smartphones are about to hit the mainstream, with LG having already announced the dual-core Optimus 2X.

So will Honeycomb "require" a dual-core processor? Google hasn't said anything, and we wouldn't bet the farm on it. We need to be a bit careful when talking about what is and isn't required to run Android. Why, it was only a month ago when Googlers had to dispel rumors that there was any hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Had this story come from anyone other than Sascha Segan and PC Mag, we'd toss it out on merit alone. But it is entirely possible that Enspert managing director Bobby Cha misspoke or was referring to recommended minimum requirements -- not a hard line between whether hardware will actually run Gingerbread or not. We all know that hardware well past its prime will run current Android software.

What hardware is required to run Honeycomb well is another matter, however, and we're all going to have to be just a tiny bit patient here, folks. All things in due time. [PCMag]

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6 years ago

SBF files for the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global available, get them while you can


the all seeing droid eye

Not that we condone this sort of thing (I'm just the messenger here, Motorola!), but if you're looking for the SBF files for the Droid Pro, and/or the Droid 2 Global, they are now available.  There's no telling how long they will stay available, so think fast and act faster and grab them if you need them (see source links).  SBF files are used to roll your Droid handset back to factory fresh condition, and can be a lifesaver when you've went just a bit too far and angered the Droid enough that it refuses to wake up from it's dreams of human termination.  Or whatever it is that Droid's dream of (I'm still betting termination is in there somewhere).

These files come direct from the TBH fellows, and while some may not agree with their business model, nobody can deny that they know what they're doing.  Grab 'em while they're still there. [MyDroidWorld (Droid Pro); (Droid 2 Global) via DroidLife]

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6 years ago

Tired of the wait for Froyo on your Epic 4G? Try this


Sprint Epic 4G

The new year has come and gone, and the Epic 4G still doesn't have an official Froyo build from Samsung and Sprint.  They tried to meet their goals, but things happen and at least Samsung has let us know they still want everyone to have a "simple/reliable upgrade".  That's good news, because we want you guys to have a simple and reliable upgrade as well.  But in the meantime, all who have turned to the dark side of root can take matter into their own hands.  Epic 4G forums moderator ragnarox has taken the time to whip up a very comprehensive guide using some popular hacks that not only will get you your Froyo fix, but will put Samsung's rfs file system to bed and replace it with the much snappier, and more reliable ext4 file system

Samsung keeps their phones pretty hacker-friendly, and with instructions this detailed it might just be time to give it a go.  Hit the source link, have a read -- and ask ragnarox any questions you might have -- then decide for yourself if you're finished waiting.  [Android Central's Epic 4G forums]

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