Google might of surprised us with the awesome Google Glasses Demo they showed off at I/O this year but the next best thing an affordable tablet that even a parent on the Family Tax Benefit* in Australia can afford. Google announce the Nexus 7, and of course its a tablet. The new Android slate running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with an amazing 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and of course a big 7 inch screen resolution of 1280×800.
The tablet which comes with 1GB of RAM (Random Access Memory), 1300 MHZ quad processor, and also comes with Google Chrome for android as its default browser. One of greatest features with the tablet (in my opinion) is that the screen is scratch resistance. So if your like me that throw my keys in my bag with my electronics the chances of the screen being scratched is very slim. And this seems to be a feature lacking in many of the current Android tablets available on the retail market.
The only issue i have with the Nexus 7 is that you don’t have a SD card slot for expandable memory, basically your stuck with the basic Nexus 7 internal memory with 8000MB (about 6.6GB) of available space. However the tablet does have USB 2.0 ports and Micro USB support.
The Nexus 7 built my Asus also comes with Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Voice commands, Voice recording sensors and features. The Nexus 7 Tablet is to be released in the third quarter of 2012 in the US and its RRP (Recommended Retail Price) should be around the $200 range according to Google.
*Payments vary per person, based on full family tax benefit scheme
Officially announced this Thursday, Google wallet has arrived in US bringing brand new changes to online payment systems. With Google wallet you can just wave your mobile on Mastercard paypass terminals and the payment will automatically be made.
Yes it is that easy. This facility has been currently introduced only on the Nexus S handsets. Google wallet works only on NFC (Near-Field-Communications) based smartphones. According to engadget, this service also works on non-NFC phones but will require a NFC sticker instead.
How does it work: The working is pretty simple.Your card number and all the transaction information is encrypted and stored on a tamper-proof chip from NXP Semiconductor onto the smartphone. Google is calling this functionality as the “Secure Element”, according to CNET. Customers just need to enter their PIN to open the Google wallet application and carry on their transactions.
What If? Yes exactly, i was too wondering about that. Fortunately there are no What If’s!!! Google has assured us that if there be a chance that your phone is lost your banking credentials will not be compromised and your financial entities will be left intact. A thief should firstly have to bypass your smartphone security and then has to bypass Google Wallet App security. That’s not as easy as it sounds. Bypassing Google Wallet security is no child’s game, if the app senses a wrong password has been entered too many times, the SECURE ELEMENT locks in itself. No transactions can be carried out in this state and can only be revived by resetting it. Successful reset can be performed only when a secret combination is entered provided by the issuing bank, the Trusted Service Manager and the user. Same is the procedure if you forget your PIN.
For other dangerous ideas that slug your mind, you can read an article here to address all your possible vulnerability issues.
Google Wallet is currently only available in US, but slowly it will hit our streets too. Google has described a nice and simple pictorial representation of how Google Wallet works, check it out over here.
Don’t forget to share your comment on this story! We would like to know your opinion of what do you think about the new Google Wallet. Will it prove to be a success and replace Paypal and all other online payment services or will you review your options and then decide?
This is no doubt the age of smartphones and a recent report showed that Android has already took over Symbian all over Asia except for India. However, Android is expected to overtake Symbian smartphones in number by Mid-2011. Okay, now let’s make the title relevant:
First of all What is Nexus S?
Nexus S is the first device of Android to ship with the new version of Android platform Gingerbread, co-developed with Samsung ensuring tight integration hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform.
Specifications of Nexus S making it a Spectacular Smartphone
Nexus S is powered by a Hummingbird CPU at 1 GHz and 512 MB RAM. It has a Super AMOLED display of 800*480 resolution, 16GB storage with a front VGA camera and a 5 mega pixel rear view camera. It has a similar outlook of Galaxy S with a sreen in concave fashion. One peculiar hardware feature that the Nexux S has is NFC.
What is NFC?
NFC(Near Field Communication) hardware lets us to read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast , versatile short range wireless technology that can be enbedded in all objects around the world like t-shirts, posters, stickers etc. Google has announced that this will have three primary methods of use that is read,write and exchange.
What is the software used in Nexus S?
Nexus S is the first phone to run Gingerbread the fastest version of Android yet. It delivers a number of advanced features such as user interface refinement, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Intenet(VoIP/SIP) calling,improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support. Gingerbread builds on some of the most popular Android features like multitasking and Wi-Fi hotspots and adds a refreshed user interface and improved keyboard, near field communication .
Nexus has a great multitasking power and makes switching from one apllication to the other very fast. Menus open up and close very quick, the web pages load quicker with virtually no lag time. Nexus has a GPU. playing mobile games, browsing the web and watching vedios are fast, fluid and smooth.
What can I tell about the display? Nexus S manufactured by Samsung is the first smartphone to launch with a 4” Counter Display . A brighter screen with higher contrast, colors are very vibrant, text is crisp at any size and luminance is up to 1.5X higher than LCD displays. Nexus S when taken outside, there’s 75% less glare than on other smartphone displays. Your videos, pictures and games look their best even at bright sun light.
Nexus S is installed with the best of Google applications, including Google Search, Google Maps with Navigation (Beta), Mobile Instant, Voice Actions, Gmail, Google Earth and more. Nexus S provides access to over 100,000 applications, games, and widgets on Android Market. Nexus S is unlocked, so it will work with any GSM carrier.
Another Great news is that Gingerbread SDK/NDK is available for the developers!
To know more about Nexus S, you can watch the video below or read about it at the official Google blog.
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Nexus One, An Android Phone by Google. It’s all about owning a Brand New Nexus One Phone.
What is the first thing which you have to Try with your Brand New Nexus One Phone?? Obviously, The Nexus One Apps. If You are looking for Some Cool Nexus One Phone Apps, you are in the right Place. I’ve Compiled a list of Nexus One apps here. The Only Thing you need to do is Visit the Android Market on your Phone and Select and Install the App.
Nexus One Apps Collection
Twidroid is the best Twitter application for your Nexus One Phone.
Twidroid is the Most Downloaded Twitter Client for Android Phones. Twidroid is Hot favorite since Google Released its Very own Nexus One Phone.
Advanced Task Killer is a Killer App for your Nexus One Phone. ATK is an App which kills some tasks which are running on background. Using Advanced Task Killer you could save some System Resources.
Advanced Task Killer just acts like a Task Manager on your Windows.
Get The Weather Updates on the way you travel. This Nexus One Weather App provides the daily forecast including Weather Maps, displays layers such as clouds, UV index, rainfall, radar, snowfall .
Go To The Android Market on Your Nexus One, and Download Weather Channel App.
Qik – Live video streaming
Don’t just send a Picture, Share the Experience. Qik is a Video Streaming Service. Qik is now Available for Android Platform like Nexus One. Qik is the easiest way to share everyday life experiences with friends and family, as they happen.
Qik App for Nexus One Phone Download
From The Android Market Download Qik
Talk to Me – Real-time Translation App
Talk To Me, As The Name of this App Say, It also you to Speak to it in your Language and Instantly Translates your speech to Desired Language. There are Plenty of options available for the language. Just Select The language one you like and Start Translating your Speech in Real-time. Everything with Talk To Me App
Nexus Phone, The Phone From Google which Runs on Android. Google has dedicated a webpage for it at www.google.com/phone
It is Obvious, Every One are Excited to see This New Gadget by Google… Google has offered its Nexus Phone Fans with a 3D Tour which is available at the link http://www.google.com/googlephone/tour/ This 3D Tour is absolutely Awesome to watch. I have Captured Some of the Screenshots during the 3D Tour, Have a look at it
The term Google has become synonymous with “search”. Youtube remains one of the most popular video sharing site. Orkut is one of the most popular social networking websites. With almost every product of Google hitting the jackpot, it remains to be seen if they can sustain their winning streak. This January, Google launches Nexus One – a formidable competitor to the high end mobile phones that are currently ruling the market.
Google had earlier given its employees this “little toy” to play around with. And with reports of its first look and features being discussed at length, expectations have sky rocketed.Reportedly, Nexus One is the fastest smartphones which supports a 1Ghz SnapDragon CPU. The closest phone to this is Motorola’s Droid which has a 600Mhz processor, far far behind Nexus.
Nexus is built on Android 2.1 Operating System. It boasts of a 3.7 inch display, a microSD card slot that can be extended upto 32GB, a 5 Mega pixel camera, 512 MB of ROM & 512 MB of RAM. And what more? Nexus is touted to be one of the sleekest mobile phones, thinner that even the iPhone!!
But the big question that critics are posing is “Does Nexus One offer something new?” Well…we are not sure.First of al, Android 2.1 is only slightly better than its predecessor Android 2.0. Moreover, though it is capable of supporting the much anticipated “multi-touch” feature, Google has decided not to support this in Nexus One.This will be a major disappointment to users worldwide.
Consumers in the US have another reason to worry. Nexus One will not work on AT & T’s 3G network but will be available only on the slower EDGE network (also by AT&T). The high cost ($530) is also likely to dissuade consumers. Currently, the most popular phone in the US is priced at $270, much much lesser than Nexus One.
Nexus One seems to be one of Google’s ambitious products. So…will this beat the hell out of Apple’s iPhone??
Well…we need to wait and watch!