It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a fantastic parcel tracking service, an extremely reliable weather forecasting service, a great fitness rewards tool and last, but not least, an essential companion for all you coffee lovers.
Starbucks in a new update is gaining a handful of convenient music features, allowing users to discover music inside the company’s stores.
Starbucks customers located in the United States who have the Starbucks app installed on their handset are in for a little treat today as the coffee bean giant has just updated its official Android application with the facility for users to order and pay for their beverages directly from their smartphone.
It isn’t all that long ago that Starbucks announced its partnership with Spotify, allowing baristas to influence the music playing in-store. Today, we have news that Starbucks will join forces with The New York Times to bring selected news and content to Starbuck’s official app from 2016.
It used to be that when you went to Starbucks, you could pick up a card that gave you a free iTunes download, but it seems that will be coming to and end soon, which is no bad thing if you are an Android user. This is because Starbucks and Spotify have just entered into a multi-year agreement that will see the music subscription service become an integral part of the Starbucks experience. This partnership will see the 7,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. linked with the approximate 60 million (global) Spotify subscribers, creating a ‘first of its kind ecosystem’.
In November, Starbucks made it known that its locations would feature wireless charging stations based on the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard. Devices with support for the PMA standard would benefit by Starbucks offering simple charging. Those without wireless charging (or of a different standard) would be able to purchase special adapters for Android and iOS devices. It started with two hundred Starbucks locations in San Francisco, but now the coffeehouse chain has expanded the wireless charging stations to the United Kingdom. The launch in the United Kingdom starts with ten locations in London and then it will spread throughout the country. No timetable has been provided for the expansion.
The folks over at Powermat Technologies are really happy these days. Why? Because Starbucks announced that it will adopt the developer’s Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard for wireless charging. The coffeehouse chain is launching 1,500 wireless charging stations at two hundred stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. Starbucks is rolling out these wireless charging stations to cities over time rather than doing it nationwide. Starbucks does not exactly say which cities or countries are ahead, but does clarify more will follow in 2015. This approach allows any problems to be identified and fixed before proceeding to the next city.
The Starbucks app has long provided a way to pay for your coffee with just your phone, but the company has much bigger plans for its mobile counterpart. Starting soon the coffee giant will start testing a new app that allows you to not only order from your mobile device but also get your coffee delivered. There are already numerous delivery service apps, but until now none of them included Starbucks. Details are still hazy but the thought of having Starbucks delivered is tantalizing to say the least. Starbucks founder Charles Shulz says the service could launch to Starbucks Loyalty customers in Portland as soon as next month. Let us know your thoughts in the comments and if you’ll be taking advantage of the upcoming service. This is even cooler than paying for coffee with your smartwatch.
If you frequent Starbucks and own an Android Wear smartwatch, you need to download Coffee Time right now. It was one of my favorite apps for the Sony SmartWatch 2, and the developer, Not Just 4 Time, has made it available for Android Wear.
Once you have downloaded the app, just open it on your phone and enter your Starbucks card number, then tap the arrow at the bottom of the screen to send the card number to your watch.
Starbucks already offers WiFi access points for customers, but it looks like they’re going a step further and adding another technological convenience to their stores in the US: wireless charging mats. Duracell and Starbucks have made a joint announcement that they’ll be rolling out Duracell Powermat Spots that will be designated areas or tables where you can simply drop your (wireless charging-capable) device to juice up the battery while you wait for your coffee.
The rollout for the Powermats will start in Seattle and New York, and will gradually start hitting other stores over the year. Every store should have wireless charging stations implemented by 2015. Read more