Online and mobile payment services like Google Wallet and Apple Passbook are innovating the payments space with features like tap-to-pay and loyalty programs. Google is adding another dimension to its mobile payment system, which might at first look like a step back, but is actually an innovative way to manage your mobile wallet.
It’s just another day at the office for Android handsets, kicking everybody else’s behinds. According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), Android-powered handsets maintain its commanding lead over Apple’s iOS devices and others in the global smartphone market for Q3 2012.
Android 4.x now running on 28.5% of Android devices, Jelly Bean just 2.7%
Every two weeks, Google likes to update their Android Developer website with statistics about which Android devices are accessing the Google Play Store. Today they've updated that page. Here are the numbers you need to know: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the operating system, is on 2.7% of all Android devices currently in use. Looking at Android 4.0 and Android 4.1 combined, those versions are on 28.5% of all devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sales hit 3 million in 5 weeks, proving the haters wrong
When Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note back in 2011, we thought it was a joke. Who in their right mind would buy a 5.3 inch smartphone? We have no problem admitting that we were wrong and that our doubts were misplaced. People loved the jumbo sized form factor so much that the Note went on to sell over 10 million units as of mid August. Like clockwork, Samsung refreshed the Note almost one year after launching it at IFA in Berlin. How are sales going? According to Samsung's Korean website, over 3 million units are now in the hands of consumers just 37 days after hitting the market.
Supreme Court case may determine legality of re-selling apps and devices, and even alter the concept of ownership
Do we really own the devices that we buy? Or are we just licensees who cannot re-sell our phones, tablets and computers? The Supreme Court is hearing a case that might have wide-reaching implications on secondary markets and device users.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with 4G LTE heading to Sprint November 11
When it comes to its 4.8-inch display, we totally get that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a bit of an acquired taste that may not appeal to folks with freakishly tiny hands. This was probably the thinking behind the Galaxy S3 Mini. If you like what you see of the Mini, regardless of the specs, you’ll be pleased to hear that the phone is coming to the UK on November 8.
AT&T Locker hopes to compete with other cloud-based services
While AT&T Locker has been available for Android devices for a while now, with the app hitting Apple's App Store today, it seems that AT&T is ready to begin the marketing push behind the cloud service.
Disney to focus on Star Wars mobile and social games, not console games
Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm was ginormous. The Star Wars franchise has been passed on to a new owner and thus, Disney has some decisions to make. They've already decided to make a new Star Wars movie. They have also decided that they won't be making any Star Wars console games.