Google to unveil mobile payment service this week, report claims

By on May 24, 2011 at 4:35 PM.

Google to unveil mobile payment service this week, report claims

Sources speaking with Bloomberg claim Google is finally ready to take the wraps off its mobile payment service. According to a new report, Google will host an event on Thursday, May 26th to introduce its new service, which will initially be available only to Sprint subscribers in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. who own the company’s Nexus S 4G smartphone. The system will be NFC-based, and Bloomberg did not specify which retail partners would support Google’s initial offering. Google has made a series of moves leading up to the imminent announcement this week, such as its recent acquisition of stealth Toronto-based start up Zetawire, which had filed a patent for “a payment system, an advertising system, and an identity management system” combined into a single product. While Google’s preliminary offering might not include unique technology such as Zetawire’s, it’s safe to say the Internet giant has a lot in store for us as it enters this emerging space. BGR has not independently confirmed that Google plans to introduce a new payment service, but we have received an invitation to a press event taking place on Thursday and we’ll be on hand to cover it live. More →

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Netflix app finally launches for Android

By on May 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM.

Netflix app finally launches for Android

The wait is over — Netflix finally announced on Thursday that its Android application is now available in the Android Market. But there’s a catch: it’s only supported on “select phones that have the requisite playback support.” If your device isn’t on Netflix’s approved list just yet, don’t fret, as the firm says it will add to its supported devices list over time. The video streaming service is already available on Windows Phone and iOS, so why did it take so long to hit Android? “Because the platform has evolved so rapidly, there are some significant challenges associated with developing a streaming video application for this ecosystem,” Netflix product team member Roma De said. “One of these challenges is the lack of standard streaming playback features that the Netflix application can use to gain penetration across all available Android phones. In the absence of standardization, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback.” Netflix for Android currently runs on the HTC Incredible, Nexus One, and EVO 4G with Android 2.2 installed. It’s also supported on the Nexus S and Nexus One with Android 2.3 installed. More →

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White Samsung Nexus S headed to AT&T

By on May 12, 2011 at 12:20 PM.

White Samsung Nexus S headed to AT&T

AT&T may soon join Sprint and T-Mobile as the third U.S. carrier to offer the Nexus S. The phone was spotted in white on Samsung’s website with AT&T listed as its carrier, although Samsung appears to have removed the page. We suspect AT&T will tag the Nexus S with HSPA+ support and slap a 4G at the end of its name, although the website doesn’t confirm whether it will launch as a 3G or a 4G device. The Nexus S is powered by Google’s latest Android Gingerbread operating system and will receive future Android updates ahead of other devices. It’s equipped with a 4-inch 800 x 480 resolution display, a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. More →

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Google Nexus S 4G now available from Sprint

By on May 9, 2011 at 10:41 PM.

Google Nexus S 4G now available from Sprint

Sprint’s latest Android smartphone, the Google Nexus S 4G, is now available across the country from Sprint retailers, Best Buy Mobile locations, and online. Google’s Samsung-built Nexus sequel features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear-facing cameras, NFC support and Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. The new Sprint version of the device features the exact same specs as the older Nexus S, but with the key addition of support for the carrier’s 4G WiMAX network. The Nexus S 4G is available immediately for $199.99 on contract or for $549.99 free and clear from Sprint — or for $149.99 on contract from Best Buy. Also, be sure to watch for our full review of the Nexus S 4G, which should be ready soon. More →

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Sprint Nexus S 4G hands-on!

By on May 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM.

Sprint Nexus S 4G hands-on!

Sure we’ve had some up close and personal time with the Nexus S 4G before, but now we can finally spend some quality one-on-one time with it as we compose our full review. So far we’re impressed with the speed at which we can zip around Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), and we still love the contoured glass display. We’ve definitely been spoiled using the Super AMOLED Plus screens on the Samsung DROID Charge and the Samsung Infuse 4G, but our Nexus S 4G unit’s AMOLED display has a noticeable yellow tint that would bother us even if we hadn’t been using Samsung’s newer screens. Some users reported yellow discoloration on the original Nexus S after applying the Gingerbread update, so we’re hoping this could be a software fix or something that’s only limited to our phone. We’ll be working on a review over the next few days, but in the meantime be sure to check out our hands-on photo gallery.

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Android 2.3.4 available to Nexus S owners via manual download

By on April 29, 2011 at 7:41 AM.

Android 2.3.4 available to Nexus S owners via manual download

Did you really think the kiddies over at XDA were going to wait “a few weeks” to get their mitts on Android 2.3.4? Of course not. A sleuthy forum member has uncovered the manual download link for Google’s latest iteration of Gingerbread. The file will update a stock Nexus S, running Android 2.3.3, to the most recent code — for those of you fluent in Android flashing, the package will update devices running build number GRI40 to GRJ22. Sorry Nexus One faithful, nothing for you… yet. If you’re a Nexus S owner looking to get your video-chat on, hit the jump for the download link and enjoy. More →

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Android 2.3.4 rolling out in 'next few weeks', bringing video chat to Nexus S [video]

By on April 28, 2011 at 5:01 PM.

Android 2.3.4 rolling out in 'next few weeks', bringing video chat to Nexus S [video]

Moments ago, Google announced it will begin pushing out Android 2.3.4 in the “next few weeks.” The company notes that the software will contain bug fixes for the Nexus One and, more excitingly, video chat capabilities for the Nexus S. “You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer,” reads the press release. “You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi.” A video demo of the new video chat feature is waiting for you after the break. Enjoy! More →

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Video chat may be coming to Android 2.3.4

By on April 26, 2011 at 2:28 PM.

Video chat may be coming to Android 2.3.4

A carefully crafted tweet has sparked rumors of a native video-chat feature coming to Android 2.3.4 in the near future. “Just had a video call using gmail on Nexus S. Impressive quality @googlenexus Gingerbread 2.3.4 #io2011,” reads the post in question. The implication is — obviously — that Google will migrate its Gmail, browser-based video chat service to Android and unveil the new offering at this year’s Google I/O conference, which is set to kick off May 10th in San Francisco. We can’t say we’d be surprised to see it… but we’re still pretty excited. More →

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Samsung bites back at Apple in intellectual property lawsuit

By on April 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM.

Samsung bites back at Apple in intellectual property lawsuit

On Monday The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple filed suit against Samsung for intellectual property violations in its Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, Nexus S, and Epic 4G devices, and now, Samsung is fighting back. “Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property,” the company said in a statement obtained by Korea’s AFP. “Apple is one of our key buyers of semiconductors and display panels. However, we have no choice but respond strongly this time,” one Samsung official explained. Furthermore, the Korea-based firm may file a lawsuit of its own. “We think Apple has violated our patents in communications standards,” Chung Jae-woong, a spokesperson at Samsung Electronics, told Yonhap News. “We are considering a counterclaim.” Apple said on Monday that Samsung’s aforementioned Galaxy family of products copied its user interface and “innovative style.” More →

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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and more

By on April 18, 2011 at 4:14 PM.

Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and more

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Cupertino-based iDevice manufacturer Apple, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Korea’s Samsung Electronics for intellectual property violations on a host of devices. “Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,” reads the complaint. Apple has taken exception to the technologies used by Samsung’s popular Galaxy S, Nexus S, and Epic 4G smartphones as well as the Galaxy Tab tablet. Neither Apple nor Samsung has publicly commented on the freshly filed suit, but we’re sure this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing about this particular case. More →

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Windows Phone trounces iPhone 4, Android in browser benchmark test [video]

By on April 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Windows Phone trounces iPhone 4, Android in browser benchmark test [video]

During Microsoft’s MIX conference in Las Vegas, Windows Phone director Joe Belfiore took the stage to demonstrate how well Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 mobile browser can render HTML5 websites. He fired up a device running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone “Mango” update with IE9 installed and hardware acceleration, and then started an HTML5 speed test pitting the Mango device against the iPhone 4 and the Google Nexus S. Belfiore was so confident in the new browser that he gave the iPhone 4 a head start. Nonetheless, IE9 loaded the demo faster and came out on top, having displayed the test at 20 frames per second. It was followed by the Android browser on the Nexus S, which rendered the same demo at 11 frames per second, and then the iPhone 4 at 2 frames per second. This wasn’t exactly an independent test given that it was preformed by Microsoft and likely under optimal conditions, but we are definitely still impressed with what we’ve seen so far — let’s just hope the update to Mango goes a bit smoother than NoDo. Hit the jump for the video comparison. More →

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Google Nexus S 4G launch imminent, Samsung Replenish coming on the 25th?

By on April 4, 2011 at 4:37 PM.

Google Nexus S 4G launch imminent, Samsung Replenish coming on the 25th?

We don’t have too much info to report for the time being, but we’re hearing that the highly anticipated Google Nexus S 4G will be launching on Sprint within the next two weeks… More →

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Google Nexus S 4G for Sprint gets official

By on March 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Google Nexus S 4G for Sprint gets official

A Nexus S for Sprint has been heavily rumored in the past, and now it’s official — Google is launching a new version of its latest self-branded smartphone for Sprint. Google tells us that the Nexus S 4G for Sprint is practically identical to the original Nexus S, save for being a tiny bit thicker and heavier since it packs a new radio for CDMA and 4G WiMAX compatibility. The OS is also identical besides the addition of a 4G on / off check box in the settings app. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, though the handset should launch in the coming months. Sprint’s full press release can now be found after the break. More →

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