Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent improvements to the Google Now service for current Jelly Bean users. Then we talk Nokia, and the sad news that all the recent tablet rumors were pretty much just a good thing to dream about. Then we move to LG as they’ve just confirmed that their Optimus G Pro is going to show Samsung just how well the Galaxy Note II can be copied. Wireless charging is next as Michael Fisher walks us through the way to get it on your Galaxy S III today. We end today’s show talking about Motorola’s X Phone, and how Google [...]
Google Wallet is Google’s payment processing system. There’s an online version and an Android app that runs on certain phones with specific hardware and lets you use your smartphone like a credit card.
In the past we’ve described Google Wallet as “the coolest app that you can’t have” because it’s been limited to a very few phones on only a couple carriers.
What have been the problems?
First of all, your phone has to have an NFC chip and a “secure element”. Today, not many phones have the necessary hardware, and [...]
With the NFC-enabled Google Wallet app arriving on more devices, more phones coming with NFC, and batteries not getting any bigger, is is safe to upgrade your battery? Given the fact that batteries in these phones have a message on them that indicate they include NFC inside the battery itself, can you you simply swap your battery? Will doing so make Google Wallet stop working? How does all this magical NFC stuff work, anyway?
We’ll answer that, and more, in today’s episode of the Android Guy Weekly!
What is NFC?
NFC, or Near Field Communication, is [...]
As the past generation of Android smartphones ever-so-slowly starts receiving updates to bring them forward to Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve heard plenty of promises from both manufacturers and carriers about which devices would end up making the Android 4.0 cut, and which would be left behind. Today we’ve got some updated info on the manufacturer side of things, with Samsung publishing a carrier-by-carrier breakdown of which models would be seeing ICS updates in the States.
Since we’ve already heard commentary about many of these models and their prospects for ICS [...]
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was first released on Google‘s flagship phone the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Before long updates were rolling out for Google’s previous flagship phone, the Nexus S.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go that great on the Nexus S and Google discontinued the update, leaving many phones with Gingerbread, and others with a somewhat poor ICS experience.
All that should be fixed with the latest ICS build: 4.0.4.
In this build, which is rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola XOOM devices, screen rotation is improved, the [...]
Last year’s “pure Android” only saw Ice Cream Sandwich via custom ROMs which could be found luckily for both the S and the S 4G. However, if you were waiting for an official Google treat, you were so far out of luck.
According to recent reports, Google is preparing to officially update the Samsung-made Nexus S (and the Nexus S 4G on Sprint) to the latest iteration of Android really soon. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to hit the phones “in the next few weeks” and, given that it’s still a rather capable device (and one made by Samsung, just [...]
Those of you who rock a Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Nexus S 4G or even a Motorola Xoom tablet and are CyanogenMod fans are now able to download CyanogenMod9 nightlies and have their fair share of both flashing and testing.
Of course, CyanogenMod nightlies are far from being the real deal but they can definitely be used if you can close your eyes to some of the bugs. Since you’re a CM9 fan you probably know the drill by now so head over to the source link below and choose the proper nightly from those that are available, all dated February 24.
One of the components of Google Wallet’s mobile payment system is the secure element of the phone’s NFC transceiver, which stores account details supposedly out of malware’s reach. This also affords the opportunity for adding a security layer to mobile payments by requiring the entry of a user-defined PIN before the secure element will release your payment info. At least, that’s the way things are supposed to work, but a couple recent discoveries are raising questions about just how secure this implementation is, after all.
The first attack on Google [...]
CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most popular custom ROM offering for many Android phones and tablets and its latest iteration, CM9, is set to bring some Ice Cream Sandwich love to Android fans (way ahead of official manufacturer or carrier updates).
However, the team is experiencing some problems with closed-sourced device drivers; until those are available don’t expect to see everything working as it should (or a port for that matter). Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 10.1, HP TouchPad and Motorola Xoom are on the official support list; if you [...]
Many of us grew up with relatively small, low-resolution televisions as the primary — perhaps the only — screen in the home. We didn’t think about it at the time, but these displays had a resolution of roughly 480i. That’s the number of horizontal lines that are drawn across the screen. The “i” means “interlaced”: only half of those lines are changed at a time.
Back in the day, that was the best we had. As screens started getting bigger, the lines became more obvious — and the picture got worse. The industry has standardized [...]
Just yesterday we’ve heard of an Android 4.0.4 version being available, unofficially, for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and now we’re hearing about the existence of Android 4.0.5. The information comes from French carrier SFR who also published the table above regarding versions and dates.
As you can see, HTC Sensation will get the Android 4.0 update (together with Sense 3.5) and so will the Samsung Galaxy S II. The carrier talks about a March availability which goes nicely with manufacturer statements about Q1 roll-out. However, we know about the update from HTC when [...]
Whether you run Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Nexus S the official or community-way really doesn’t matter as last year’s “pure Android” does a great job. Face Unlock, however, is missing but there’s a way for you to enable it.
It doesn’t matter how well it works as a concept or whether if it’s more of a gimmick than something useful, you can now take advantage of the VGA front-facer of the Nexus S to enable the feature. It was left out of the code but thankfully the community proves once again that great things [...]