You could be forgiven for rolling your eyes when Apple revealed that it was all set to transform the world of mobile payments with incredible, groundbreaking innovations like NFC (near field communication) and a dedicated chip (or Secure Element) to store your details safely. The idea of tapping your smartphone at a terminal to pay for something is not new. Google Wallet was released in.
It’s been over two years now since Google Now was first introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and in that time we’ve seen it and the entire Google voice search experience improve dramatically. But what about extending voice search and the “Ok, Google” command into the realm of third party apps? Today Google announced on its developer’s blog that it is making it easy for developers.
It seems that Samsung’s monumental succ ess may be over; at least if things continue as they are. The company reported its Q3 2014 earnings and things are not looking particularly good. Net profit fell 48.8% from this time last year, at 4.22 billion won (roughly $4 billion). Likewise, operating profit dropped 60% to $4.06 trillion won from Q3 2013. While these numbers would be astronomic.
If there is one thing that irks tech enthusiasts, it’s waiting for their device to receive the latest OS version. If there’s one thing that riles them up, it’s when OEMs or carriers announce that devices won’t be receiving an update. And if there is one thing that drives people crazy, it’s when companies announce that their relatively new phones won’t.
Update: The Microsoft Band is official. The device will be available from today online and in Microsoft stores, for $199. The band’s 10 sensors will feed health and activity data into Microsoft’s new Health Cloud service. More details about the Microsoft Band here. Original post: Wearable tech. Depending on whom you talk to, it’s either the biggest joke ever, or an invaluable.
One of the better Android file managers out there has added a modern touch, ES File Explorer has added Chromecast support. More specifically, ES File Explorer is getting an update its own, without any Chromecast goodness, Streaming to your TV comes from a new plugin app that is free to install from the Google Play Store. The list of features and abilities of ES File Explorer is something.
If you missed out on the first wave of invitations for Google’s new Inbox email client don’t fret, Google has been handing out another batch in the last 24 hours. Furthermore, another round of “Golden Ticket” invites will be will be arriving today for current users to dish out to their pals. Inbox users should see a golden invite icon appear in the Floating Action Button menu sometime.
LG Display is having a good year so far, having seen profits increase last quarter, and the company has just made another important breakthrough in its smartphone display technology. LG Display has announced a 5.3 inch Full HD LCD panel which has the world’s narrowest bezel – just 0.7mm. For a little perspective on just how crazily thin this bezel is, the thickness of a credit card.
Remember Google Stars, the cloud-based bookmark manager replacement that leaked in “dogfood” form back in May? It looks like it’s finally ready for the spotlight, albeit under a different and less inspiring name – Bookmark Manager. Now available for free in the Chrome extension catalogue, Bookmark Manager replaces Chrome’s drab default bookmarks tool with a fresh card-based.
TechCocktail/Flickr Google and Lenovo announced today that the $2.9 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility has been completed. Starting today, Motorola, the pioneer of mobile phones and one of the most iconic brands in consumer electronics, is a fully owned subsidiary of Lenovo. Announced on January 29, 2014, the sale sees Lenovo taking over Motorola’s brand and smartphone portfolio,.
Xiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies.
We saw glimpses of this at Google I/O, and developers can now make their apps searchable through Google Voice Search. It only takes a few lines of code. Once added, apps can receive the SEARCH_ACTION intent containing the SearchManager.QUERYextra with the search expression. Examples of such searches might be “Ok Google, search pizza on Eat24” or “Ok Google, search for hotels.
After undergoing further development since August, Google Stars has launched in the Chrome Web Store. The difference today, though, is its name. Google has renamed the extension Bookmark Manager. The overall design has not changed too much, but Google definitely made alterations to fit its own suggested guidelines. Bookmark Manager saves pages, places them into folders, and can be shared.
When the Moto 360 first launched, it was only available in a few colors. If you didn’t want anything flashy, the stainless steel and black finishes were okay, but I’m sure many of you have been waiting on something that sticks out a bit more. It looks like Amazon has finally listed a few new color options and bands for the Moto 360, so the wait is almost over. If you want a Moto.
Google has updated its three biggest productivity apps: docs, sheets, and slides. The changeswere not too extreme; even the visual aspects alone were hardly changed. These apps have already been mostly visually updated to be more in-line with Google’s other Material Design apps. One change was the addition of an incoming section in the sidebar that contains all files being shared with.