Back and forth we go with the precarious Google Wallet situation. First we saw the original security flaw, which immediately prompted Google to respond to users and highlight there are no known vulnerabilities while also encouraging users to install Google Wallet on non-rooted devices. In a mere few hours, a second method to hack Google Wallet was revealed, this time on non-rooted devices.
Naturally, the consecutive security breaches of Google Wallet has everyone on edge. That’s why many users have reached out to Google and question whether its Google Wallet service is safe enough for the masses to use in order to make mobile payments. Google offered its formal response and simply put it that yes, it is safe to make mobile payments using Google Wallet. Here’s Google Wallet VP Osama Bedier offering a formal statement:
Is there a sweeter notification than the pop up telling you there’s a software update waiting for you? Well it’s time to wake up Canada and check your Galaxy Nexus as they’re about to join the 4.0.2 party!
This latest update is certainly great news for our Canadian friends however, it doesn’t help unravel the mystery of the various ICS variations currently doing the rounds. It was only last week that we brought you news of 4.0.4 and 4.0.5 updates surfacing as well.
So how about it Bell customers, was your Galaxy Nexus update waiting for you this morning? If not, perhaps it’s time to start spamming the ‘check now’ button!
Source : androidcentral
The increasingly popular 7″ Kindle Fire is getting a refresh this summer, and will also be getting a 9″ brother according to a report by Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley. He raised his shipment forecast to 14.9 million units, up 2.2 million from his earlier estimate. In a note to clients, he wrote “We believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.”
Previous reports had Amazon launching “Hollywood“, a 10-inch quad-core tablet first, but apparently the release got delayed in favor of pushing out an 8.9-incher. It is unclear whether the 9-inch Kindle Fire that may be coming this summer is the same as this 8.9-inch tablet.
Anyone interested in a larger Kindle Fire?
We reported earlier about LG teasing the Optimus Vu, a 5″ beast probably being unveiled at MWC next month. One of this phablet’s selling points apparently is its screen’s 4:3 aspect ratio at a 1024 x 768 resolution. The idea is that the device is wider in portrait mode than a more common 16:9 widescreen device, making it better for reading books or viewing pictures in portrait orientation.
Here’s a shot of the LG Optimus Vu next to the Samsung Galaxy Note, a 5.3″ widescreen phone, which looks quite slim next to the Vu’s chunky profile.
The phablet space (ok, I know “phablet” is weird…let’s say tabletphone) is still being defined, and who’s to say what aspect ratio will dominate? Personally, I think this looks too wide to be comfortable to use one-handed, whereas the Galaxy Note looks much easier to grasp.
What do you think? Does the future of phones look like the past of TV’s?
If you’re looking for a 7-inch (or around that) tab there are tons of choices now. In fact it might even be getting a little crowded, and most of them offer similar features. One of the latest is the Toshiba Thrive 7″. This one features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 LED backlit LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera (with 720p video recording), 2MP front camera, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD for up to an additional 32GB, micro HDMI, micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, and Android 3.2. This isn’t the thinnest tab as it comes in at 11.9mm and weighs 400 grams. Pricing is $379.99 for the 16GB version and $429.99 for the 32GB. With all the choices out there should this model be considered? I will do a full review soon, but for now check out my initial hands on video.
Let me paint a quick scene for you. You have a file that you want to transfer over to your Android phone. You go into your laptop bag or backpack to get your trusty usb cable only to end up with zilch. We’ve all been there. Well the free app Software Data Cable looks to rectify this situation by turning your phone into a networked storage device. This app allows you to browse the device from your computer cable free.
Once you install Software Data Cable, you will be able to connect and browse through your device’s files and folders from any computer just as long as you are connected to the same network. Point your browser to the phone’s IP address and you can see the entire contents of your phone. Not only that but you can move, copy and delete files as you please.
For those of you who are in a pinch and without your usb cable with a need to copy over a file to your device then this free app is for you. Hit the break below to get access to the market link and QR code. If you don’t know how to use the QR code you can check out our handy guide here. Afterwards you can check the app out from your mobile device and never have to worry about leaving a cable at home again!
Beginning this Sunday, the 11th, AT&T will increase the upgrade fee by 100% for customers who want to get a new device on contract. AT&T’s idea of a proposed increase has been said to have already landed in readers’ in box over the past month, but the recently leaked memo sets the stage like this: ”Because the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased, effective Sunday, February 12, 2012, AT&T will change its upgrade fee from $18 to $36.”
If you have any doubts on whether or not this is true, BGR was able to reach out to AT&T for comment and Ma Bell’s reply all but set the upgrade in stone. “Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before. And because of that, the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee,” AT&T explained to BGR via email.”This fee isn’t unique to AT&T and this is the first time we’re changing it in nearly 10 years.”
So if you are an AT&T customer looking to upgrade in the near future and the thought of paying an extra $18 is just killing you right now, maybe you should hit up your local AT&T store tomorrow before the change goes into effect.
Acer is set to make a splash for 2012 by formally unveiling its CloudMobile smartphone. This attractive device was recently awarded as the winner of the IF design award— an award in the recognition of outstanding achievement in design. As you can see, the phone has a very slim profile, strutting its stuff in a 4.3-inch profile. Also, the smooth and glossy screen will display glorious HD. Slashgear reports the phone is set to bring a depth of less than a centimeter and “Sleeve DNA design” in addition to a sweet Dolby speaker plate on the back. While this phone has a gorgeous profile– it will be Acer’s first phone to feature AcerCloud technology and of course, Android 4.0. The CloudMobile smartphone will also be the first to utilize Acer’s cloud service which was introduced at CES this year.
Acer certainly is making it clear that they have big plans for 2012 by releasing eye-opening devices. No word yet on when the device will launch or if it will reach the U.S. or not. We do expect to find out more details at MWC, so stay tuned everyone!
The majority of tech enthusiasts view Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy Note as a device aimed at the male market, primarily down to its huge 5.3″ screen. That view could be set to change as the emperor just got some new clothes, in ‘Berry Pink’ none-the-less! Initially announced in Black and White variations, Samsung expects to add the pink model to their portfolio some time in Q1 this year.
Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, the Galaxy Note features a 5.3″, 1280 x 800, Super AMOLED HD display, 1.4 Ghz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8mp camera with 1080p video capture and a whopping 2500 mAh battery.
With only four more days to go until Valetine’s Day, maybe it’s time to get that pre-order in!
Source : unwiredview