The UK Post Office is going to rollout contactless payment technology on June 6. The overall plan is to hit 11,500 branches, but initially the focus will be on 200 branches near the Olympic Games venues in London. By October all 11,500 branches should be onboard, which will make the UK Post Office the biggest user of contactless payment technology in Europe.
MasterCard PayPass and Visa PayWave cards will be supported as well as Near Field Communication (NFC). Phones equipped with NFC can pay transactions up to £20. Unfortunately Google Wallet isn’t available in the UK, but there are many Android phones that have NFC like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X that will be able to utilize the service.
A couple days ago ASUS aired a teaser video for an announcements they plan to make at this year’s Computex. Simply calling it their “Next Transformations,” the original teaser video showed us an outline of what appeared to be a new entry in their line of Transformer Tab tablets and keyboard docks. Today, ASUS adds to the excitement by unveiling two more teaser videos, both of which help put the pieces together a little more.
We already reported that there is a good possibility that T-Mobile might have the Samsung Galaxy S III in stores on June 20, and we just received further confirmation. During a live stream of the Vodafone GSIII launch in Australia, June 20th was mentioned as the “first stop in its nationwide US tour in New York.” Not sure why New York would specifically be mentioned other than it could mean that it will get unveiled on that date in NYC (and not officially released).
With Canada also getting the GSIII on the same day, it looks like it could be a special day for all of North America especially if the U.S. version gets 2GB of RAM just like our friends up North are getting.
First to announce an Intel Medfield-Based Android handset at CES was Lenovo however, the Lava Xolo X900 wound up being the first to actually hit the market. Nevertheless, Lenovo is still on schedule to launch the LePhone K800 as they’ve just announced a launch in China, with the device making it into the hands of the masses by the end of May. Recall the specs: 4.5-inch 720p display, an Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 8 meg camera and 1GB of RAM. The Intel CPU is the Z2460 as we knew it as the “Medfield” assisted by the Intel XMM 6260 chip to support various HSPA+ networks. At $525 the Android Gingerbread 2.3 device’s launch date for international availability is still unknown. But we’re working on it. Feel free to let us know what you think in comments below.
For those of you who like to use alternative keyboards on your Android device I am sure you have heard of SwiftKey by now. In case you aren’t a member of the SwiftKey V.I.P. Community (on their email list), they just released a new SwiftKey 3 beta build and with it comes a slew of improvements:
- Improved prediction algorithms
- Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
- Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
- A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
- Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
- Improved gestures
- Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
- Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
The only thing they ask is that you participate in giving feedback by going to their VIP Community to report any bugs that you may find. After all, this is still a beta program even though it feels like a finished product. Grab one of the new SwiftKey 3 Beta’s from the appropriate link below. Works great on tablets, too!
SwiftKey 3 Beta (phone): Download
SwiftKey 3 Beta (tablet): Download
If the title didn’t already say it, Huawei’s Ascend P1 S device at 6.68mm and Oppo’s 6.65mm Finder are about to take the back seat when it comes to the “thinnes wars”. ZTE is now touting a device code named “Athena” which is sporting a mere 6.2mm thin chassis while also throwing in some big specs under the hood. While we don’t know all of the specs just yet, we do know the device will sport an IPS res display at 720p as well as a Cortex-A15 CPU (multi-core). We’ve also found that the device will sport 64 GB of internal storage and use a skin overlay dubbed “Miflavor UI“, assuming over Android’s ICS 4.0. In addition, the director of the company has stated that the device will come in a variety of different colors to choose from for customization. Check out the pics above and below and feel free to toss your thoughts in the comments section below.
Google Translate is now at version 2.4 and with it comes a design overhaul to the new Holo theme. This theme is what gives it the Ice Cream Sandwich look. More languages have been added, but we’re not sure how many. As of right now it can translate 64 different languages via text and 17 languages via spoken words. Last but not least, they added Esperanto translation. Hit the break for download links.
The Santa Clara codename is finally dropped and UK’s first Intel-powered smartphone will be the San Diego. It will debut on June 6 on pay-as-you-go for £200 with a £10 credit. If contract prices is more your cup of tea, pricing will start at £15.50 per month for two years. The bad news is that it’s still running Android Gingerbread, but they say Ice Cream Sandwich should arrive in September. Make sure to check out our hands on at CTIA.
- 4.03-inch (1024 x 600) display
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom (Medfield)
- 1GB of RAM
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 16GB of storage
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 123 mm x 63mm x 9.9mm
- 117 grams
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Orange apps
Full press release after the break:
TechRadar recently sat down with Google’s Vice President of Engineering, Linus Upson, and he said that the company isn’t working on a Chrome OS tablet, but you can expect to see a slow convergence with the Android OS.
“We have our hands full in delivering a wonderful experience on dektop and laptop and the Android team have their hands full bringing a great experience on phone and tablet. But the two teams are working together even more closely,” said Upson.
Don’t you hate it when you get a call and the number is “restricted” or “unknown”? It’s annoying because you know full well that it’s most likely spam calling. If you are a user of Google Voice, however, you can now get your sweet revenge on telemarketers everywhere with the introduction of two new customizable caller groups.
Basically, calls can now be divided into those in your address book (All Contacts), and those that are unknown (Anonymous Callers). The anonymous group is where you can have some fun by setting up a custom greeting that picks up after one ring. Use this message to tell anonymous callers just how you feel about them being… well… anonymous. Or, if you’re not in the mood to be creative, simply send them to voicemail directly and deal with them later. Awesome addition, Google.
source google voice blog