Google Wallet update brings some minor improvements

 

Google has just put out an update for their increasingly popular Google Wallet application. In the ‘what’s new‘ tab, the big G has listed “prepaid top up improvements” and “support for new form factors” as their new improved features to update 1.1-R67-v4. Not too clear on what new form factors means at this time so hopefully Google will shed some light on this later this month at Google I/O. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.

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NVIDIA Announces TegraZone Player Choice Winners

The results are in for NVIDIA‘s first annual Players Choice Awards. NVIDIA tallied fan votes for games in the following categories:  Best Graphics, Best Gameplay and Best Overall. Many great games were available to choose from, including Dark Meadow, Shadowgun THD, Grand Theft Auto III, Riptide GP, Soulcraft THD and more.

Some tough choices, but the fans have spoken. It was almost a clean sweep by Rockstar.

Best Graphics - Shadowgun THD
With its water, damage, aging, and particle effects, Shadowgun THD had little competition in the Best Graphics category.

Best Gameplay - Grand Theft Auto III
GTA III and Shadowgun THD were battling it out in this category, but thanks to full-on game controller support, Rockstar’s game came out ahead.

Best Overall - Grand Theft Auto III
Again, GTA III and Shadowgun THD came to blows for Best Overall. With full 3D stereo on Tegra devices that support 3D, plus the previously mentioned game controller support, GTA III took the crown as Best Overall Game.

 

Congrats to all two winners!

source: nvidia

 

 

Apple Adds Galaxy S III To Lawsuit Against Samsung – Requests Preliminary Injunction

Raise your hand if you’re sick of all the litigation. Yeah, me too. Apple and Samsung have been doing the legal dance for a while now, talks failing, and it continues. In December, Apple was denied a preliminary injunction against many Samsung products. Now, Apple has filed for more injunctions against more Samsung products… including the shiny new Galaxy S III.

What is Apple complaining about this time? The same thing Apple just fought HTC and Motorola over: a “data tapping” patent regarding the multi-option dialog that appears when pressing a phone number in an email or webpage. On top of that, Apple is also claiming the S III violates a unified search patent, essentially adding Apple’s Siri as the victim. It’s not Samsung’s S-Voice that has Apple’s panties in a bunch, but rather the base Android voice command and search architecture.

So far the presiding judge has not granted Apple the injunction, regardless of how much Apple stresses the importance of the timing before Samsung’s global release.

Let’s hope it stays that way.

source: Foss Patents
via: Android Police

 

Verizon officially confirms rumored GSIII pre-order July 9 ship-out date

With the announcement of Verizon’s Galaxy S III came details such as a pre-order date, pricing and storage options that will be available. What wasn’t clear at the time was when exactly Big Red was planning on shipping out pre-ordered devices, though most were fairly certain that it would be around the 3rd week in June, much like Sprint and T-Mobile.

However, a leak earlier today suggested that pre-orders would instead ship out on July 9 and it actually happens to be legit. Verizon has just confirmed July 9 as the pre-order ship-out date for their GSIII on their website. Seeing as before the GSIII announcement, no one was even sure if Verizon would get it at all, it’s still great news to know it’s coming. It’s just coming 3 weeks after the competition.

It’s not too bad of a wait considering that Big Red did have the Galaxy Nexus exclusivity for 4 full months before any other U.S. carriers could offer it. Patience red grasshoppers, patience.

 

HTC Media Link Now Available from AT&T for $90

We first heard about the HTC Media Link when we were at Mobile World Congress back in February but since then the buzz surrounding the unit has died down a bit. The Media Link is HTC’s way of wirelessly transfering media from your One Series device to your television all with a simple swipe on your device’s screen. Unfortunately, since the One X was held up at the boarder we all but forgot about the Media Link and now that the Galaxy S III craze has died down we can focus more on the little things. This is good timing because AT&T just announced that the HTC Media Link is now available and can be purchased online for $90. Other than streaming photos, video and music, the Media Link can also wirelessly mirror you device’s screen similar to Apple’s AirPlay.

Unfortunately the Media Link isn’t compatible with the One V and only works with the One S and One X. Hit up the source to link for ordering information.

source: AT&T

Google Patents Location-Based Actions in 2011, Google’s Version of Smart Actions Coming to Android?

I am sure many of you have heard about Motorola’s Smart Actions application, an app that triggers preset actions based on your current location. Sure, it’s a great feature but if you don’t own a newer Motorola device you would have to use an app like Tasker to set up your own similar location based triggers. Well, in an effort to make things easier for their users, it seems that Google has been developing a similar feature for the Android OS and filled a patent for it back in September of 2011. According to the Patent documents Google plans to use your device’s GPS and network information along with prior travel habits to trigger various actions much like that of Tasker and Smart Actions. The only difference with Google’s method of doing this is that it may eventually become an included feature on all devices running Android (as long as it goes beyond the patent stages). Sounds pretty good to me! Here’s hoping they are still working on the project.

If you are the type who likes to dig through Patent applications feel free to do so through the source link below. Your bound to find some interesting stuff in there.

source: USPTO
via: Engadget

Come and see the future of Google Maps

As advertised, Google lifted the lid today on exactly what it has in store for the future of Google Maps. Keen to get the jump on Apple who are rumoured to shortly be replacing Google’s ever present Maps application with it’s own iMaps alternative, Google had a lot of new features to show off.

The event fliers invited the world to ‘The next dimension of Google maps” so it came as no surprise when Google announced a huge focus on 3D mapping. Entire metropolitan landscapes will be mapped over areas with a combined population over 300 million people. If you’re wondering exactly how Google intends to accomplish such a lofty goal, prepare to be impressed. I’m sure by now you’re all familiar with the famous Google Street View cars, well get ready to watch the skies for Google’s fleet of Google Maps air-planes!

The 3D mapping may be the headline announcement however Google also announced the three principles that will drive the future of Maps; Comprehensiveness, Accuracy and Usability.


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Qualcomm Working On a Chip To Support Multiple 700 MHz Bands

The popular chip maker, Qualcomm, has announced that they’ll be making a CPU compatible with multiple 700 MHz frequencies.

Furthermore, as shown above, carriers holding Lower A Block or other 700 MHz spectrum have many different band combinations to choose from to meet their customers’ interoperability needs, both within the 700 MHz band and between any of the long list of other 4G bands. A Band 12/17 combination is merely one such combination, and it would be inappropriate for the FCC to mandate that carriers must make this one combination available on every consumer device.

Because of the difficult interference challenges described herein, the fact that existing technology does not offer a solution to these challenges, and Qualcomm’s ongoing innovation and collaboration with all carriers and manufacturers, the commission should not require mobile equipment to be capable of operating over all paired commercial spectrum blocks in the Lower 700 MHz band.

So what does this mean?  It means the company is single-handedly assisting in solving the interoperability problem which LTE operators present in the US.  The new design, also dubbed the MSM8960, will support 7 LTE frequencies in total utilizing the 28nm process.  Qualcomm is seriously fixated on providing lower power consumption and we thing they truly have the means to do it.  According to the company, radios will be shipping to to vendors in July and devices housing them should show up by year’s end.  Furthermore, Qualcomm states it’s against an FCC mandate for LTE interoperability and wants the government to allow the free market to make the choice of which bands get paired.  This will certainly be an interesting story to follow so stay tuned. And feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

source: FierceWireless

HBO Go Now Available for the Kindle Fire, Other Android Tablets Still Left Out

Kindle Fire owners should be pleased to know that the HBO Go app is now compatible with the device. Starting today, you can grab the HBO Go app from the Amazon Appstore and stream videos without having to use your browser. Unfortunately the app still doesn’t support other Android tablets but I imagine that future updates will slowly bring more tablet compatibility. For those of you Kindle Fire owners who also have a HBO subscription you can grab the app from the Amazon link below. Full press release and promo video after the break.

Amazon Appstore


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Best Buy Galaxy S III pre-orders expected to arrive by June 28th

While we are still waiting for a firm date as to just when you can expect to take delivery of a Galaxy S III in the US, Best Buy have given us some hope that it will be before the month is out.

Customers who pre-ordered the device from Best Buy have been furnished with a sales agreement suggesting that the device should be in stores from June 28th. One such customer took the time to scan the document and send it on the team over at Droid Life who shared it with the rest of the tech world.

It’s worth baring in mind that Best Buy have a real hit and miss track record when it comes to launch dates so I’d suggest holding fire before booking that Thursday off work to hit the shops. That said, stranger things have happened so keep your fingers crossed.

 

Source: Droid Life