This morning, Google is pushing out a staged rollout of an updated Google+ application for Android through Google Play. The update isn’t your ordinary run of the mill bug fixer, though. Inside this update, Google is looking to take advantage of a few features that are uncommonly used on phones supporting the software, such as Daydream and Android Beam. (more…)
A Reddit user was able to go hands-on with the upcoming DROID Incredible 4G yesterday thanks to a recent meeting with an HTC rep. During the encounter, he was able to snap a couple of pictures and also confirm some of the specs that have been floating around the web thanks to the leak on the DroidDoes page. The Inc 4G will have NFC capabilities and feature the Android Beam, which Galaxy Nexus users have been toying with for a few months now. As we already know, it will feature Verizon’s 4G LTE (naturally) and be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip. The display will be a qHD at 960×540 resolution to “help improve battery life.”
As far as when we can expect a launch, the rep had nothing but a guesstimation for May, so we’re here waiting to get the official word from Big Red. This device still perking your interest?
Forget the new Google+ update that just went live, today is all about the fact that Foursquare included Android Beam support in their latest update. Now, when you are out with your crew and one of them checks into the
strip chess club before you, a simple butt-to-butt rubbing between your Galaxy Nexii will get you checked in right behind him. No need to put your dollars Rook down for any two-thumbed typing. Bump Nexus, tap to Beam the venue, and check-in.
This is all with me assuming that you know another person that owns an NFC device. Love me some Beam.
One of the more talked about features from the Ice Cream Sandwich event in Hong Kong was Beam, the NFC-based information sharing tool. If you have a phone with an NFC chip running Android 4.0, you can share information with another phone who has the same capabilities. The possibilities will eventually be almost endless, but for now, you can send things like Maps listings or directions, Market app pages, contacts and even Facebook friends.
Since we have two phones (Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S) with NFC chips and version of ICS, we were able to demo Beam in the video below. It should be fun come Friday when the world is running around beaming info to each other. (more…)
A new version of the PayPal app on Android is available for everyone to download in the market this very minute. You will find a completely revamped UI that makes navigation much easier, improved support for tablets, a Send Money redesign, and more. Upgrades haven’t been just cosmetic though, as a brand new NFC payment widget is also available for the phones with the required NFC chip. Just plug in the amount you want, and tap phones with a friend to receive your payment. Simplicity at its finest. Well, at least simple bill paying by your broke a** couch surfing buddy, that is.
As an avid user of the PayPal app, I can tell you first hand that this update is a serious jump from the version before it. I cannot wait until the entire DL team has a Galaxy Nexus, so that I can rob Kellex of all that he owns at the pool table.
As I looked in my market for app updates this morning, I noticed that Google Maps was listed as having the ability to reduce downloads of maps for different screen resolutions. Seemed pretty minor until I clicked “Update” and noticed that a new permission was included : “Control NFC.” As you may recall from the Ice Cream Sandwich event, the Galaxy Nexus and Beam will be able to share Google Maps information via NFC. Now your G-Maps can too – well, if you have one of the few NFC-equipped phones that is. And not until your phone gets Beam or some other NFC type of app that can utilize this permission. OK, so we got a little too excited over a simple permission. That’s what ICS will do to a person though.
Oh, they also changed the zoom in/out buttons to a more eye-friendly and minimal box layout.