Google Gearing Up To Take Wallet More Mainstream

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Google Gearing Up To Take Wallet More Mainstream

After years of seeming like an experiment from Google, it looks like they’ve decided to put more emphasis on the Mobile Payment space and take Google Wallet more mainstream.

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Sony Xperia S

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Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia S

A phone without a carrier; the way it should be. Sony’s Xperia S is the first phone in their NXT series, which means next generation. Unfortunately, it will ship with the last generation Android OS, Gingerbread – Sony does say it will get upgraded to ICS in the second quarter of 2012. Besides running Gingerbread, Xperia S is another powerhouse from a company intent on changing the perception of its phones. It has a 4.3 inch 1280 x 720 Reality Display screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage, 12MP camera with Exmor, and NFC. The NFC allows the phone to work with Xperia SmartTags, which are coin shaped accessories that when tapped against the phone change the settings. You could have a SmartTag for the bedroom, office, and car to quickly change the phones settings for the environment. The Xperia S will run on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 HSPA 850/900/1900/2100 and will be available in the first quarter of 2012.

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Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper to be First Sprint LTE Phones

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Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper to be First Sprint LTE Phones

Spring Galaxy Nexus

Last week Sprint announced its LTE network will go live in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio by the middle of 2012. Yesterday at CES 2012, Sprint revealed that the Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper, and the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot will be will be their first LTE devices.

All that is known about Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus it it will have ICS, a 4.65 inch HD display, 32GB of storage and NFC with Google Wallet. The LG Viper will have a 4 inch WVGA display,  a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, running Gingerbread, with NFC and Google Wallet. The Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot will, like the names says, have access to 3G, 4G, and LTE networks. Also, it will support up to 8 simultaneous devices.

Via: Sprint

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Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus Device Will Not Support Google Wallet?

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Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus Device Will Not Support Google Wallet?

One of the benefits of a Nexus device is that it is a pure Google device, meaning that you get the latest and greatest of Android software and all the features that come with it. One of those features that a lot of users have been looking forward to is Google Wallet, a service that is currently only available on the Nexus S for Sprint. Unfortunately it looks like Google Wallet will not be supported on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. It currently isn’t supported on the Global Galaxy Nexus which is a bit odd but it does require vendor support to be operable and since the service is only available in the US at the moment, I can understand the Global version not supporting it just yet.

What does concern me is that since Verizon is backing ISIS that means that Google Wallet will not be supported. Also if Verizon and other carriers are supporting ISIS that means Google Wallet won’t catch on at all because they’re competing standards. They both function via NFC but their backend infrastructure is different so they won’t be interchangeable and users would have to have both apps on their phone, or one system has to fail.

If Verizon is not supporting Google Wallet on a Nexus device does that mean that the Nexus name doesn’t mean what it was originally meant to be? Does that mean that we may be seeing the end of Nexus devices? Or if Carriers can decide to support some but not all features does that mean this will happen with other advancements or changes to the Android eco-system?

We’re still awaiting confirmation from Verizon regarding their stance on supporting Google Wallet or if they are only going to be supporting ISIS for mobile payments, once we have confirmation we’ll let you know.

 

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Radio Shack leaks Sept. 1st Launch Date for Google Wallet??

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Radio Shack leaks Sept. 1st Launch Date for Google Wallet??

RadioShack leaks Sept. 1st Launch Date for Google Wallet??

Oh now this is interesting, Engadget just got a hot tip from a RadioShack employee with a screenshot of their internal systems preparing their employees for the launch of Google Wallet, on September 1st! That’s just a week and a half away for those of you not counting.

For those who may not know what Google Wallet is, in brief it is NFC payment via your cellphone (with an NFC chip in it) so you no longer have to use credit cards, or debt cards etc. This is something that other countries have successfully implemented but we here in America have not moved towards with any real backing. Now Google has set up launch partners (RadioShack being one of them) with the hopes of getting large-scale adoption of NFC payments.

If Google is really launching Google Wallet on September 1st, we’ll be seeing a lot more information about it soon and we should be seeing many more devices hit the market with NFC chips built-in or else not many people are going to be able to take advantage of this system.

For now we’ll file this under intriguing and hope to get more information soon.

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