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4 years ago

EE extends 'Cash on Tap' payments service to four new devices

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Galaxy Note 2, Note 3, S4 Mini and Sony Xperia Z1 get support for NFC payments app

British mobile operator EE has announced that it's extended availability of its "Cash on Tap" NFC-based payment system to four new Android smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3 and S4 Mini, and the Sony Xperia Z1. The Mastercard-backed scheme allows users to pay for purchases up to £20 in value over NFC at some 230,000 outlets across the UK. EE notes in today's press release that it's currently supported by big-name cafe and takeaway brands, such as McDonald’s, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Greggs.

The new devices join the Sony Xperia SP and Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, which were already enabled for Cash on Tap. To use the service, subscribers will need to have an EE-branded version of one of these devices; unlocked versions aren't supported. What's more, you'll need to have an NFC-enabled EE SIM to get started.

Cash on Tap support for more handsets are due to be announced in the coming months, EE says.

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4 years ago

Google Play TV shows now available in Japan

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TV shows from Google expands to only the third global location with Japanese availability

The slow, slow rollout of Google Play TV Shows continues, with the addition of Japan as just the third country in which the content is available. Having been a U.S. exclusive for so long, British customers were able to buy TV Shows as of August this year, and now the goodness expands over to Japan. Shows can be watched on the web, or via the Play Movies and TV app on your Android device. 

Beyond the kind of content we'd expect to see in the west, the Japanese Play Store also seems to be offering a host of local content as well. If you're over in Japan, hit up the Play Store now and take a look. 

Source: Google Play regional availability; via Android Police

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids hitting the UK on November 1

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Samsung's kid-focused tablet to go head-to-head with the iPad Air this Friday

OK, so maybe we're kidding around with the iPad Air thing, but there is another tablet going on sale this Friday, and it's from Samsung. Following up on a U.S. launch announcement, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids will officially go on sale in the UK beginning on November 1. 

Essentially, this is a 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 wrapped up in an extremely bright, more kid-friendly exterior. Beyond the standard Samsung Touchwiz interface, there's an option to switch into a second, more child oriented interface as well. Sales begin online on November 1, and will be available in selected stores from November 8. No confirmed pricing from Samsung at this point, though one retailer already has the tablet listed for £200. Great Christmas gift, perhaps? The full press release can be found after the break. 

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4 years ago

JK Shin: 5 million Galaxy Note 3s shipped in first month

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Note 3 reaches 5 million milestone in half the time of its predecessor

A few days ago news broke of the Galaxy S4 sales passing the 40 million mark, and now we're seeing the first indication of how quickly Samsung is getting Galaxy Note 3 devices out into stores. According to reports from Korean outlet Hanooki, Samsung CEO JK Shin revealed at a recent media event that his company had shipped 5 million Galaxy Note 3s during the device's first month of availability.

To put that in perspective, the company moved 3 million Galaxy Note 2s in that device's first month, a number which had jumped to 5 million by the end of the second month. This time around the Note 3 saw a smoother global rollout than its predecessor, with the crucial U.S. market being among the first to launch the oversized handset. This, together with Samsung's ramped-up marketing of the device, likely contributed to the Note 3 reaching its five-millionth shipment so quickly.

For more on the Galaxy Note 3, check out our full review.

Source: Hanooki (Korean); via: SamMobile

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4 years ago

New EE price plans go live today

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A quick heads-up for anyone in the UK thinking of signing up with EE — the carrier's wide range of new contract and Pay As You Go plans are now live. Announced a couple of weeks back, EE's new range of services lets customers get hold of 4G LTE data without signing a monthly contract, while also giving mobile broadband subscribers the option of higher data allowances. EE's new tiered approach to data speeds means there are also cheaper contract deals available for those who don't need more than 30Mbps.

EE's new PAYG and contract plans are fairly complex, so check out our original report, linked below, for a full rundown of what's new.

More: New EE 4G LTE plan details

Source: EE

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4 years ago

Ashton Kutcher is Lenovo's latest 'product engineer'

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Much in the same way that I'm a famous Hollywood actor, I'm sure. 

Anyway, this is all in conjunction with those new Lenovo tablets — which look far more interesting than another celebrity "executive."

Here's how Lenovo put it:

In his new role as a Lenovo product engineer, Kutcher will work with the company’s engineering teams around the world to develop and market the Yoga line of tablets by providing input and decision-making into design, specifications, software and usage scenarios. 

Regardless, it's a fine excuse for us to run a nice little gallery of ol' @aplusk.

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4 years ago

Lenovo bringing a pair of multimode Yoga tablets

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8- and 10-inch Yoga tablets debut Oct 30 for $249 and $299

Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher held a small event this evening to present their two new tablets to the world. The New Yoga tablets will come in both an 8 and 10-inch flavor, and feature what Lenovo calls a "Better Way" — by including a hinged stand to present the screen at different angles for different things.

The key is a rounded edge, much like Lenovo's other products in the Yoga line, which allows the tablet to stay where you put it while using the stand. There are three "modes" which include hold mode designed for holding it in your hands, tilt mode for those times when you want it to lay back at quite the angle, and a stand mode for when you want or need the Yoga to stand vertically.

The hinge also has a second function — extra room for a battery. Lenovo (and new "employee" Ashton) promise 18-hours of use with one charge. There's even enough reserve to charge your phone from the Yoga.

The Yoga will run on a quad-core 1.2GHz MTK processor, feature 1GB of RAM with 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot under a 1280 x 800 display. The software is a slightly tweaked version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and you'll find a 5MP camera around back and a 1.6MP camera up front for video calling.

The 8 model will be available at lenovo.com and Best Buy stores starting October 30, priced at $249. The 10-inch model, priced at $299, will also be at lenovo.com and Best by stores, and will also be available at other major retailers like Fry's and Newegg.com. Hit the break for the full press release and some press images.

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: It's a wrap!

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The final word from the folks who brought it all to you live

Grab a frosty beverage and see what the AC Live crew has to say about the inaugural Samsung Developer Conference.

We all had a lot of fun, learned a thing or two, and most importantly — got excited for all the great stuff software developers are going to be able to do with some of the most popular mobile hardware in the world.

Now it's time to rest, then get ready to do it all again next year!

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Beth from VenuesWorld.com explains what it takes to make SDC13 a success

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Putting a tech conference together isn't easy — hear a little of what it takes to make it happen

Beth and Louise did a marvelous job putting the Samsung Developers Conference together. Developers, presenters, and people like Phil and Andrew who look pretty for the camera are all important, but none of it could have happened without the hard work of the team from VenuesWorld.com.

Listen in for a little inside baseball of what it takes to set something like SDC13 up, and to keep things from falling apart at the last minute.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Senior partner alliance manager from MHL Michael Bergen

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Learn what MHL is and how it works with Phil and Michael 

A lot of work goes into those little MHL dongles you buy from Monoprice. Michael Bergen, senior partner alliance manager from MHL knows a thing or two about that. He spent a few minutes with Phil at the Samsung Developer Conference this afternoon.

The California-based MHL sets and controls the standards that millions of different products use when they need a fast, solid HD link between to smart devices. Partners all over the world build it into their products, and we imagine Michael is one busy man.

Have a listen and find out a little more about that little white box, and how plugging it in really works.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Multiscreen SDK senior developer Alan Queen

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Software doesn't 'just work' — it takes a little help from folks like the Multiscreen SDK team

At the beginning of the Samsung Developers Conference one of the things we saw was the new casting feature Samsung is building into their new televisions. Using the new Multiscreen SDK, it's for more than just Android. Designed with the living room and your TV clearly in mind, it works with Android, iOS and JavaScript to help get content where you want to see it.

Alan explains that there are four key areas they had in mind when developing the SDK, and those are the discovery phase, the launch phase, the connect phase and the communication phase. Helping developers tackle these steps the right way will make for software that feels like magic — and every developer wants the user to think of their software as magical.

That's what Alan and his team are trying to do. Check out the video for a little of the "how" they plan to make it all happen.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Cisco demos part of their new SDK for enterpirse apps

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A demo of some of the great software companies like Cisco help make happen on Android

Earlier we talked about how Cisco is at the Samsung Developer Conference to promote enterprise applications for mobile, and as a special treat Mike Mass dropped by to give us a demo of one really cool feature.

Using an Android tablet, Mike was able to call his office phone (we imagine it's something like this) for a full duplex video conference. This would be a great way for customers to talk to agents, or remote workers to phone back to the office, or even to talk to your boss in his lush, mahogany-paneled office with thick imported carpeting.

This is some great stuff, and we love seeing companies like Cisco make it easy for developers to bring it to Android.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Cisco talks about helping developers build for software defined networks

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Enterprise infrastructure is complicated, but Cisco aims to make developing less so

Cisco is a "strategic alliance partner" with Samsung, so seeing them at the Samsung Developers Conference wasn't surprising. they are big players in both the enterprise and the networking field, and through hardware and software they offer solutions to a lot of the things business users need.

Things like WebEx conferencing, the Jabber messaging protocol, and of course hardware like the Android-powered DX650 office phone are made better with additional software development. In fact, they have a whole conference of their own coming up on November 15 called Cisco DevNet. Folks at SDC13 who drop by Cisco's booth will gain free entry to DevNet in November.

This stuff isn't easy to design or develop. Cisco plans to help with tutorials, SDKs and other software tools, and most importantly, sessions about it all to get developers on the right track to start developing enterprise applications.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Andrew Hughes and Papyrus

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A new vector-based, natural handwriting note-taking app

The Galaxy Note products make up one of Samsung's most recognizable device lineups, and we've heard plenty at the Samsung Developers Conference about developers can take advantage of the S Pen stylus to create great handwriting-based apps. One app that's doing just that is Papyrus, a handwriting-based note-taking app that works across many devices, but is optimized for the S Pen.

In our Android Central Live interview segment today, Papyrus founder Andrew Hughes caught up with AC's Andrew Martonik  to show off the app. You'll find the video above; be sure to check out the rest of the day's coverage over at our SDC13 portal page.

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: All Things Knox with Peter Havens from Centrify

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Knox is something we all keep hearing about, let's talk about how it works and why it's important

The very things that make Android phones appealing to folks who read Android blogs online — the open platform, side loading, rooting and the like — are also the very reasons why it suffers in adoption rates for the enterprise. Companies get scared when they read about the way clever users bypass any sort of security vendors try to put on the handsets. It's a tough spot, but in the end, we can't say we blame them. The phone you're hacking away at is insecure because of the modifications you made to it. Here at the Samsung Developers Conference, Peter from Centrify was kind enough to spend a few minutes to help us understand a little more.

Knox is one way to try and change the problems we mentioned above. Using what they call a trusted chain that boots and secures the device at start-up, and built on SE-Android (Security Enhanced) it's more than just a sandboxed container — it covers the whole device.

Samsung is all-in with the service. Already in place on the Note 3 and Galaxy S4 in Europe, it's coming to the S4 elsewhere and will even be rolled back to all the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 devices out there. We know many of you think of Knox as the bad guy, but be sure to watch and check out All Thing Knox to see why Knox is important.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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