Google looks to expand Google Wallet with TxVia acquisition

I won’t say Google Wallet is a disappointment, but I will say I thought it was going to be bigger than it is now, almost one year from the announcement. We already heard about the possibility of revenue sharing with carriers to get things going, but now Google is making another move. They just acquired payments technology company TxVia. According to Google, TxVia will complement their payments capabilities and accelerate innovation towards the full Google Wallet vision. TxVia has been delivering payment processing solutions for more than 5 years, and since 2008, they’ve managed more than 100 million accounts. Will this move kick-start Google Wallet into the next gear? Time will tell.

source: google commerce

 

 

Get London Underground service updates in real time on Google Maps


 The London Underground is by far and away the easiest way to to travel around the UK’s capital. As a UK resident who travels to London for work on a monthly basis personally, I can tell you first hand that it’s equal parts brilliant and frustrating.

The wonderful Maps team at Google have managed to sneak in a useful update that might make that daily commute just a little bit easier. As well as planning your journey, Google Maps will now also give you a heads up on any scheduled work and real time updates of any delays etc. Just another step towards cementing Google Maps position as Android’s bona fide ‘killer app’

No Google Play Store update is required as the new service was pushed discretely earlier today. Happy travelling!

 

 

source : Google

Official Android 4.0.4 Update for the XOOM Wi-Fi Rolling Out to All Devices Now

For those of you XOOM Wi-Fi owners who decided to wait for the official 4.0.4 update to hit, you should be able to snag the update as week speak. The update has begun to officially roll out for ll devices and users are reporting a successful upgrade. If you still aren’t seeing the update notification you can check under Settings > About Tablet > System Update. From there you should see an available update and force the download. After updating you can expect the following:

  • Quicker screen rotation
  • A new setting to choose whether the power button immediately locks the device or not
  • Microsoft Exchange improvements with additional EAS policies
  • Better phone number recognition
  • Camera and image quality improvements
  • Improved stability

Looks to be a nice little update so if you have yet to update what are you waiting for! Let us know in the comments what you think of the improvements!

 

 

Stand by UK, HTC One X and One S incoming!

 

Good news residents of the UK, you’ll be able to get your hands on HTC’s latest and greatest Android devices imminently. T-Mobile and Orange, collectively known as Everything Everywhere have announced that the One X and One S will be available online and in store from Thursday 5th April.

You’ll be able to pick up a One X for free on a £41 per month tariff and the One S for free for £36 per month. All that’s left to decide is which of these two top notch devices tickles your fancy. Click the respective links to register your interest with either network.

 

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Dance Legend: First True Dance Game For Android Officially Launched

If you’re a gamer, chances are you’ve probably played a certain dance game called Dance Dance Revolution. While the game has been acclaimed for years in arcades and on consoles, Android gamers have been left to only dream of a dance game to finally hit our devices. Well cheer up kids— dance on our Androids is about to be the new cool thanks to TuneWiki’s Dance Legend for Android. Dance Legend gives users the chance to bust a move or jive and groove using your smartphone or tablet. In addition to the chart-topping hits from Top-40 artists such as LMFAO and Lady Gaga, you will find:

  • High quality 3D graphics provide realistic environments and characters not usually found in free games
  • Music from premium artists to up and coming stars
  • Customizable avatars: head type, hairstyle/color, skin color + clothing and accessories
  • Mixture of current and classic dance moves: everything from the Dougie to the Running man will be featured.

Gamers— get ready to boogie. The game is available for Android 2.1+ devices in the Play Store now, so make sure you grab it using the QR code or Play Store link. Hit the break for the full presser from TuneWiki.

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LG Optimus 3D Max Passes Through the FCC

We recently watched as the LG Optimus 3D Max received GCF approval and now the successor to the Optimus 3D (Thrill) has gotten the go-ahead from the FCC. FCC documents don’t necessarily call the device the Optimus 3D Max, rather by the model number LG-P720h. This model number has already been confirmed as the Optimus 3D Max.

The only details to be gained from the FCC documents are AT&T 3G bands and no sign of LTE. This could very well be the international version of the device as we have yet to see any conformation of the Optimus 3D Max heading to the states. If and when it does you can almost guarantee it will support LTE. We will keep you posted if we hear anything more.

source: Pocket Now

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Training Documents Surface, Launch Impending

A couple of days ago we saw a rumor suggesting April 22nd as the release date for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Well, according to some training docs that recently surfaced it looks like we may be right on target to hit that mark. A few training slides were obtained by Android-Life that show training has gotten underway already and interestingly enough, dispel the long ago rumor of a 1.5GHz processor. It will in fact be the same 32GB 1.2GHz device that is currently offered through Verizon. Jump past the break to see the rest of the slides. 
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Is this the Nexus Tablet?

Nothing gets the rumour mill turning quite as much as good, solid Nexus rumour. The build up to the Galaxy Nexus was quite incredible with numerous leaks and rumours surfacing daily, all citing “credible” sources. More recently, we’ve been hearing stories of a mystical Google branded, Nexus Tablet despite the fact Google has never actually confirmed the project directly.

Pocketnow managed to get its hands on a set of images supposedly giving us a glimpse of what the tablet might look like. My first observation is that for a leaked image, the quality is sharp and the details are clear unlike the regular ‘blurrycam’ leaks we enjoy so much. If this is a hoax then it’s a pretty good one as the originator has spent some time on some of the finer details. You’ll notice that there are only Google application icons on the homepage, the soft-keys and launcher seem to be of the Android 4.0 ICS variety and the 4:00am time matches that of the Galaxy Nexus render.

There are a couple of facts that do point towards this being a fairly convincing mock-up. Note the presence of the Android Market icon as opposed to the Google Play Store. The dimensions of the tablet and the icon layout also suggest that this is 10 inch tablet and not the 7 inch size that is expected if the rumoured sub $200 price point is correct.

We’ll be filing this story under ‘rumour’ for the time being however we are certainly excited to see what the Nexus tablet does bring to the table, if and when if finally does surface. Check out the image below and let us know your thoughts on the authenticity in the comments below.

 

 

source : pocketnow

The Wait Is Finally Over: Instagram Comes To Android

We knew it was the time was coming folks: Instagram has officially made it out to Android devices and is now available in the Google Play Store. We recently highlighted several alternatives to Instagram for Android devices which may have more bang for your buck and features than Instagram itself, but hey– the Android platform always gets the most popular and relevant stuff, just like our iOS-based bretheren. And just like iPhone users, you too will be able to get in on yet another means of filtering your precious moments and sharing them with your friends via a photo stream. Huzzah!

If you’re on an Android 2.2+ device— don’t delay. Hit the Play Store link or QR code below to see what all this hubbub is about and get in on the social photo filtering action.

 

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Samsung Delays Upcoming Galaxy Tab 2 Launch Until The End Of April

 

We were eagerly awaiting Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 2 to hit UK stores by the end of March, but never saw them– so what gives? Well, the new additions to the Galaxy Tab family in the UK will be delayed and won’t ship until the end of April at the earliest. That means those of you waiting to get your hands on the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will have to wait just a little longer. What’s the reason you ask? It’s simple really— Sammy and Google wanted to spend a little more time testing out the software and ensuring it was at an optimal level, especially since the Galaxy Tab 2 devices will be operating on Ice Cream Sandwich. The testing will help to make both Galaxy Tab 2 variants better overall and once they’re released, a formal rollout in other countries will follow shortly after.

source: ComputerWorld