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Earlier this week, many fans of Apple products found themselves disappointed when the unveiling of Apple’s “new” iPhone (the iPhone 4S) when noticing that everything about the phone was the same with some minor upgrades that didn’t live up to the hype that the media gave.
Apple may start to regret their choice on releasing the 4S with competition showing up from Google. Just 24 hours after the launch of the iPhone 4S, Google released a trailer saying that “something BIG was coming” which was a preview for their upcoming, much anticipated, Nexus Prime which many people believe will be the first phone to run on Android 3.5 Ice Cream Sandwich.
This week Samsung unveiled in its home nation of South Korea the monstrous Galaxy S II HD LTE, complete with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED handset with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution — 50 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4S display. The Nexus Prime is expected to get an LTE modem and a similar high-resolution screen.
Not much is known or could be told from watching the video but there are a lot of people excited for it and now with disappointed Apple fans, Google might be seeing an increase in business in the upcoming months.
Google Wallet will allow its users to leave their house without the worry of forgetting their wallets as their phone will take its place. The mobile app uses a chip in the phone so it can be waved in front of payment stations to buy things. Users set it up by registering a credit card to the phone or loading a Google Prepaid Card with a credit card. Along with this a four digit password will be required for the user to be able to make the digital transactions.
Google Wallet works only with phones with an NFC (near field communication) chip, which allows secure digital transactions over a short distance. So unfortunately, the only phone that people will be able to use the Google Wallet with would be the brand new Nexus S 4G although more phones are to be expected with this chip soon.
As of right now, the app is relatively new so paying with Google Wallet is possible only at stores that offer MasterCard PayPass. A MasterCard PayPass finder is built into the app and displays nearby locations where PayPass works. These can be viewed on a map, in a list or filtered by category. For now, only 150,000 merchants have the equipment in stores to use PayPass.
For now, Google Wallet is new but it is easy to see that digital wallets will be a lot more developed in the near future.
People may not think of “jelly bean” as a good tasting desert anymore as rumors say that it may be the name of Google’s next Android update after Ice Cream Sandwich.
Tech site “This Is My Next” cited a trusted source as saying that “Jelly Bean” will continue Google’s tradition of naming Android builds after sweet treats in alphabetical order.
“We’re hearing from another well-regarded source that Jelly Bean is in the running for the name, but that the choice hasn’t yet been finalized by Google; for what it’s worth, the pickings are fairly slim for desserts with ‘J’ names, so Jelly Bean seems like a solid choice,” it said.
According to the site, there will be some major architectural, design and functional changes since the release of Google’s last update, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Also, it said that with rumors of the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Nexus Prime from Samsung hitting fever pitch lately, it seems likely that an announcement is imminent.
If you are a major follower of anything related to technology then you should know about CES (Consumer Electronics Show) coming up in the next couple days. The show will start on Thursday and run until Sunday the 9th. Over this time period, over 2,500 companies will be showing over 20,000 new products that will be either announced, shown or released. Out of these 20,000 many will be tablets or tablet related products. Hence, why people are calling 2011 “the year of the tablet”.
In the past years, the show has been the birth of Blue-ray, DVDs, HD televisions, 3-D televisions, and even all the way back to Atari’s game “Pong”. Knowing all of this, the show promises this year’s to be bigger and better. Well, it is definatly bigger. There is an 11% increase in size from last year making the show cover about 1.6 million square feet!
But anyways, as stated earlier, this show seems to be mainly focused on the tablet as many companies are joining the competition such as Toshiba, Motorola, and Acer. There will be over 80 tablet computer put on display at the show so obviously there is a lot to look forward to.
That’s it for now, in a couple days there will most likely be a ton of blogs posted because of the massive amounts of new products being released so subscribe to this blog or just keep checking back because it will be a very exciting week!