Google Wallet Unsupported on Rooted Devices

The idea of using your phone as your wallet is a great one, but Google Wallet is proving to be a bit of a security nightmare. It looks as though Google has thrown up their hands on rooted devices, at least for now, and put a warning in the Google Wallet app of unsupported devices. The problem is the ability to perform a brute force hack on rooted phones, where a thief could crack the pin code on Google Wallet and proceed to use your phone to make purchases with your credit cards.

Google had issued a statement encouraging rooted users to seriously reconsider using Google Wallet. To make sure everyone received the message, Google has also decided to make this information into a warning message at the top of the app. If you tap the link, you’ll see an explanation of the unsupported device policy, which basically comes down to: “Don’t use this if your phone is rooted”.

While the capability to root your phone is one of the great things about Android, it does take away the control and therefore the responsibility from the carrier, the manufacturer, and Google. We hope that Google is still working on a way to secure Google Wallet on rooted phones, although that is a huge task given that they have no control over a ROM they did not produce.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve received this warning message, and if it has changed your ability to use Google Wallet.


source: Droid Life

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance Is Absurdly Expensive

We were waiting for this  and it’s finally here. It’s a surprise,  but not in a good way. The previously unpriced Samsung Galaxy S Advance is, to Samsung, seemingly priceless. The device is set to go on sale for a whopping 494 EUR ($650).

To put it into perspective, take a look at what you get for that price as listed by the FCC documents.

  • 1GHz dual-core CPU
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 5 MP rear facing camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1500 mAh battery
Essentially, you get a smaller screen, a slower processor, and less RAM for a higher price than that of the Galaxy S II or the Galaxy Nexus, and of course it isn’t launching with ICS. I don’t see your reasoning behind this Samsung. Readers, I’m looking forward to your comments on this. Would any of you seriously pass up the S II or Nexus in favor of the Advance and if so, why? How about the price: justified or ridiculous?

source: Samsung Germany

New App Inventor Beta Released By MIT

Google Labs was responsible for some of the apps we can’t live without on our devices: Google Search, Google Goggles and my personal favorite, App Inventor. Unfortunately the app was phased out, along with Google Labs, but not before the source code was made open for all. Of course, since App Inventor was a pivotal educational tool, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology picked it up right where Google left it.

I bring some good news today, as the beta version of the application is available to anyone with a Google account! That’s right, anyone can pick up and go create their own apps in a versatile, innovative and naturally intuitive environment. Anyone who’s ever wanted to give app development a shot but didn’t quite understand the jargon involved with software development should head over to the MIT’s App Inventor website (source link below) and give it a go.

source: mit

ZTE Optimus Barcelona Seen In Plain View

We know ZTE has a few phones on the way including the beastly Era smartphone. That hasn’t stopped the brand from coming out and highlighing the Optimus Barcelona smartphone. The newly spotted device was seen on the Bluetooth SIG and WiFi Alliance webpages. Details of the European device are scarce as usual from ZTE, but we do know the device will feature 3G, 802.11b/g/n and will likely be operated under Android 2.3. While the device is yet another of ZTE’s future offerings, there are a couple of items that should be pointed out. The first is if the device is named Barcelona, it probably would have been a good idea to present the device at MWC since it’s in well you know… Barcelona. The second is the device has Optimus in its name. Last we checked, there’s a South Korean giant which oh yes— has a successful line of smartphones based off the same name. Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

Stay tuned with Talk Android for further news and details on the upcoming Optimus Barcelona smartphone.

source: Bluetooth SIG and WiFi Certifications
via: Unwired View

Leak Hints at April 6 Launch for 16GB Verizon Galaxy Nexus, April 26 for Droid Incredible 4G

Based on previous leaks, we already knew Verizon Wireless was going to be carrying the 16GB version of the Galaxy Nexus at some point, in both grey and white variations. The only question is when? According to a tip received by our friends at Droid Life, it looks like the half-pint GNex will arrive on all channels at the beginning of next month, April 5th to be exact. Since the storage size has been reduced by half, one can only assume the price will be similar to that of the recently reduced 16GB Droid Razr, which retails for $199 on contract. Nothing in this leak confirms any color options, though. We will just have to wait to see how that one pans out.

Along with the Galaxy Nexus leak, comes details of a April 26th launch for the Droid Incredible 4G (aka HTC Fireball), and a March 29th launch for the LG Lucid (previously reported, LG Cayman).

source: Droid Life

Samsung launches Galaxy Player 70 Plus – Dual core PMP

Samsung’s Galaxy line of devices have been a monumental success for the Korean giants, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab range of phones and tablets are critically-acclaimed, household names. Despite this success Samsung is yet to make a huge splash in the Personal Media Player (PMP) market, however it appears that they’re working hard to turn that around. We introduced you to the forthcoming Galaxy S WiFi, announced at the Mobile World Congress last week, well Samsung is set to bolster its PMP range with the release of the Galaxy Player 70 Plus for South Korea.

The Galaxy Player 70 Plus pays more than a passing resemblance to the original Galaxy S (I9000) and the highlights of the device are :

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz skin
  • Dual-core, 1Ghz processor
  • 5″ LCD, 800 x 480 touch screen
  • 5MP rear camera with  front camera for video calls
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • 16GB or 32GB storage options with micro SD slot
Android has plenty of flagship phones and tablets on the market however we are yet to see an Android PMP challenge the success of Apple’s all-conquering iPod. Could Samsung’s Galaxy Player line swing the momentum? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source : sammyhub

Samsung files for flexible display patent, Still on track for 2013

Last week we told you that Samsung would probably release devices with flexible displays within a year. No we have information about the patent they are seeking.

Samsung’s patent FIGS. 1A and 1B (pictured above) shows an example of a roll-up flexible display. Fig 2 (below) shows an overview of a flexible display apparatus, which includes a flexible display unit 10 which is controlled by a control unit 40. They also show examples of flexible displays taking on a Cylindrical shape and mimicking a book (see source link for more images)


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Review: WIMM One Smart Watch – Part 1 – Initial setup and functionality [Hands on Video]

I recently had a chance to get my hands on the new WIMM One from WIMM Labs, which is an Android-powered module that becomes a smart watch when it’s inserted into the accompanied watchstrap. Over the last year, there has been several Android watches released, but the WIMM One just might be the cream of the crop. The WIMM One can work as an extension of your phone, but it’s powerful enough to also run apps. The WIMM Labs Micro App Store Beta opened only about a week ago, but you will already find 30 or so apps ranging from games, lifestyle, and productivity. I expect it to continue to grow exponentially.

The WIMM One measures 1.26 inches by 1.42 inches and is 0.49 inches thick (about 12.5mm). It has a 1.41-inch (160 x 160) TFT capacitive touchscreen display, a Samsung ARM11 processor running at 667 MHz, 256MB of RAM, 2GB of internal storage, WiFI, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, a magnetometer, a GPS, and is splash resistant. It’s priced at $199, which includes the WIMM One 330 Module, USB charging kit, and a black watchstrap.


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How to Root, Unlock, and Flash Recovery to the ASUS Transformer Prime [Video]

OK guys, I finally got around to creating this how-to video on getting your ASUS Transformer Prime all ready for modding! In this video you will find directions on how to root, unlock, and flash ClockworkMod Recovery to your tablet. This all-in-one tool, ViperMod PrimeTime v4.5, will do everything I just mentioned and can even unroot your Prime in case you need to send it in for service. This tool works on any version of ICS, and will even work on Honeycomb. For those of you OG Transformer owners, you can even use the root tool as well but do not try to flash recovery. Reports show that trying to flash recovery will bork your original Transformer (TF101).

Once rooted, you will not loose the ability to receive future OTA updates from ASUS, but it is highly reccomended to grab Voodoo OTA RootKeeper from the Android Market to prevent any future updates from breaking root. You can find the download link at the end of this post.

Big thanks to ViperBoy for creating this super easy tool, it’s by far the easiest method available for doing any or all of these steps. You don’t have to complete every step if you dont want (i.e. remain locked), and if you are already rooted or unlocked you can still use the tool’s other features as well. I will include brief instructions below, but for a more detailed walk-through refer to the video. You can also find the necissary download links at the end of this post. Ready? Lets get started! 
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Samsung Denies Galaxy S III Launch Rumors, Says Watch Twitter For Official Details

We recently told you that the Samsung Galaxy S III was on track for an April launch but then followed up the next day with insider reports that conflict with that theory. When dealing with rumors and speculation in the mobile industry it is always hard to know what can be reliable, and obviously the best thing is to wait for some sort of official word from the respective manufacturer. Well that’s what we have today, an announcement from Samsung denying that an April launch was anything but confirmed. According to @samsungtomorrow’s Twitter account, the highly anticipated Galaxy S III’s launch date isn’t set in stone, causing one to believe the device may see a later announcement. That doesn’t mean to say we need to rule out April all together, but Samsung says they will once again take to Twitter when everything is finalized.

Samsung issued a statement to The Verge reiterating what we already know, that the Galaxy S III “will be unveiled in the first half of the year.” Given that announcement, it could technically be up to 4 months before before we see anything official. If you’re anything like me,  you like the sound of April much better. I guess we will just have to keep our eye on the @sumsungtomorrow Twitter account for official details.

source: Twitter
via: The Verge