If you ve got a good idea, then submit it to android.com/n, or send it out on social media using the hashtag NameAndroidN.Daydream will provide a very Samsung Gear VR-like home screen for Google s new VR mode, which will give access to a suite of new VR-focused apps including Google Play, and YouTube.Launcher, multi-tasking, and multi-window supportAndroid N now has launcher shortcuts — which means you can set specific shortcuts 3 to 5 within any app that implements them to quickly perform actions.Other changesOf course, apart from adding new features, the Developer Preview 2 also adds some changes to existing APIs in Android N — such as how developers can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for multi-window support.Other stellar Android Marshmallow features include improved apps permissions — which give you greater control over what information you share with companies – and Android Pay, which is the newfangled mobile payments app Google made to compete with Apple Pay and revitalize Google Wallet.The 6P easily manages a full and busy workday, but it can t last through two of them.
People have been losing their keys and wallets ever since keys and wallets were invented — but nowadays, thanks to miracles of modern technology, retrieving those items is easier than ever before.Unlike our ancestors –who presumably had to resort to things like thinking, retracing steps, and recruiting bloodhounds to find lost items– we can just turn to gizmos like the TrackR Bravo when we need to find something we lost.To be quite honest, devices like this are a dime a dozen these days, but as the newest kid on the Bluetooth item finder block, TrackR Bravo boasts a slew of cool features that you won t find anywhere else.In addition to the regular suite of functions distance indicator, item ringer, phone finder, etc., the Bravo also has the ability to track items that aren t within Bluetooth range of your phone.It s also got replaceable batteries.
Android Pay is available for UK customers from today, allowing them to make contactless payments to shop terminals, travel around London's TfL networks and make in-app purchases via their smartphones.Apple Pay currently has around 12 million monthly users globally, making it by far the most-used mobile payment platform, following its initial release in the US during October 2014.Comparatively, Android Pay and Samsung Pay trail behind with around five million monthly users each, data from Bloomberg found.While Samsung Pay is limited to compatible Samsung devices, around 80 per cent of the world s smartphones run Android, compared to around 17 per cent for Apple s iOS system.In the UK, the Android/iOS split is around 59 per cent to 35 per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphones
In an ideal world, computers would only have one type of data storage, but thanks to the laws of physics and businesses, we have two main types three if you count CPU L caches .Previous PCM implementations only used 1 bit per cell, basically equivalent to storing either 0 or 1 2 values ."Someday" being the operative word here.As no actual commercially available implementation has been launched yet, we can't really speculate on how viable PCM will be as a replacement for both DRAM and flash.As mentioned, it is a topic of interest in the wider computing industry, including other companies.Suffice it to say, whoever is able to come out with a wallet-friendly and reliable solution first could very well end up in the annals of computing history as the pioneers of the new age of computer memory.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK has already stopped paper licences and moved them online and is now trying to make them more digital.Photo: Getty ImagesImagine being pulled over by the cops while driving, being asked for your licence, and you pull out your … smartphone.For British motorists, this could soon happen following a sneak preview a new prototype for a mobile licence from the head of the country's driving authority.In a tweet last week, Oliver Morely, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency DVLA tweeted a picture of an iPhone with a U.K. driving licence in Apple's Wallet app.1 prototype no timeline yet2 not replacement for photocard, an add-on3 security our priority4 possible because nomorecounterpartThe DVLA is trying to make driving licence more digital.And other pieces of identification are also looking to go digital.
Android Pay can be used in shops, to travel around London and for in-app purchasesGoogle's Android Pay is now available in the UK, allowing you to make quick contactless payments from your smartphone.The contactless payment system has partnered with supported banks to register your chosen debit or credit card to make payments on contactless terminals in shops, on London s TfL networks and for in-app purchases.Check if your bank is supporting the service from launch with our list below:Banks supporting Android Pay from launchLloyds BankNationwideBank of ScotlandHalifaxM BankHSBCFirst DirectMBNABanks yet to support Android PaySantanderNatWestBarclaysBarclaycardTesco BankTSBAmerican Expressboon.For amounts higher than £30, the owner must enter their security code, fingerprint or lock pattern.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphonesIs there a limit?Lost or stolen phones can be located, locked and wiped remotely through Android Device Manager.
'It cannot be certain' spending has increased at ALL – NAOThe Cabinet Office has lost its enthusiasm for prising open Whitehall's wallet and handing more cash to SMEs, according to a report by the Committee of Public Accounts today.But today the committee said: "It is not clear that SMEs are better able to compete with larger providers or whether they are actually getting any more government business than before."We continue to see larger providers dominating; for example, the Government s top five IT providers received over half of government s total spending on contracted out IT," said the report.The fact the government has changed its approach to measuring such spending in four of the last five years makes it impossible to properly assess performance.It s a simple point, but launching initiatives is not the same as delivering results."The government has failed to identify the areas of spending where SMEs could bring the most benefit and it remains difficult for SMEs to ascertain what bidding opportunities are available, said the report.
Google has expanded its mobile wallet service Android Pay to work in the UK.The company said it had chosen the UK as the next country to get the service - following its US launch in 2015 - because British consumers were already familiar with contactless payments.
The mobile wallet for Android-powered smartphones is opening for business in the UK — its first market outside the U.S. where it launched in September 2015 — starting out on NFC-enabled Android devices running KitKat 4.4 or later.Tap to pay big in the UKNotably, American Express is not yet included in the card types supported it s available in the U.S. though so watch this space .Google last week gave a preview to journalists and analysts to show how Android Pay works, using an Android handset to tap to buy coffee at Holborn Grind and to travel from Holborn Tube station.That might sound sensible if you re a risk-averse consumer or retailer; but fiddly and time-eating if you re someone who is always looking for ways to do things quicker.Normally the Oyster system that TfL uses just charges you for the maximum cost of a ride when this happens; but if you use Android Pay you ll now get a warning when you pass the machines to remind you if you forget.It s possibly a mark of how Google wanted to make sure it gets the experience right from the start, lest the public or regulators find any other reasons to scrutinize the company.
Alphabet decided to update and re-brand the service last September after Apple launched Apple Pay in 2014 with a stronger business model due to some key alliances with banks.Android Pay's launch in the UK will arrive with support for Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards from a variety of supported banks including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA, and Nationwide Building Society.Barclays said earlier this week that it is not planning on participating in Android Pay in the UK.Google is promising that businesses that already have contactless terminals need do nothing to accept payments from Android Pay.Finally, Android Pay will be launching a deal-focused program called Android Pay Day that will be exclusive to the UK, at least initially.To encourage sign-ups and continued use of the service, which already has quite a lot of competition in the mobile and contactless payment world, a new deal will be posted the week before pay day every month.
Got an Android smartphone?It's been a long time coming, but Android Pay finally makes the hope from the US to the UK this week, bringing contactless payments to Brits running Google's mobile OS.You'll be able to use your phone to spend up to £30 at a time, anywhere that contactless payments are accepted - which includes pretty much everywhere you've thought about going for lunch today.Companies with contactless terminals don't have to do anything: your phone will just work once you've installed the app and set up your credit or debit cards.Barclays is noticeably absent - it's trying something a little different with its own dedicated app.The app generates a unique code for every card, rather than sharing the actual card number, so you stay safe from fraud.
The platform, which was first unveiled in May 2015 and has been operational in the US since last September, allows phones running Google's Android software to make contactless payments through shop terminals, on London s TfL networks and for in-app purchases.For amounts higher than £30, the owner must enter their security code, fingerprint or lock pattern.The launch is far from unexpected, after marketing material confirming Pret A Manger now accepted Android Pay appeared in the popular fast food chain s shops last week.Comparatively, Android Pay and Samsung Pay trail behind with around five million monthly users each, data from Bloomberg found.While Samsung Pay is limited to compatible Samsung devices, around 80 per cent of the world s smartphones run Android, compared to around 17 per cent for Apple s iOS system.In the UK, the Android/iOS split is around 59 per cent to 35 per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The company today not only extended its APIs, it also created new data feeds aimed at making it easier for developers to integrate payment processing into their apps.Spurring the updates is Google s desire to help people make purchases not only on mobile apps, but also on the mobile Web.The company has launched its PaymentRequest API, which simplifies the checkout process on the mobile Web and which was developed between the Android Pay and Chrome teams.Of course, Google isn t the only one thinking about the mobile Web frontier, as Apple has been rumored to be looking into this area, as well.When it comes to applications, Google has rolled out new features to improve the odds of your paying using Android Pay within apps.It has opened up its API so it can process payments for businesses in the physical goods and services space, added another payment processor to its growing cadre of partners — to increase its network — and integrated with Google s Android Instant Apps, which enables users to pay for goods and services with a single tap.One could think of Android Pay as a digital wallet, a place to store pertinent information, gift cards, loyalty cards, and other offers.This is done either in-store through an NFC tap or by signing up online during the payment transaction.The extension of Google s Android Pay APIs reflects the company s desire to reinforce a broad range of use-cases for its payment service.Google is billing the service as something that makes it easier to obtain goods and services without the hassles of complex forms which may not render well on mobile device and is promoting Android Pay as the new digital wallet.
Fitbit s Blaze device has several features in common with the Apple Watch: Users can see text notifications and calendar alerts, and the device can be used to control music.Revenue more than doubled in 2015 compared with 2014, but the company has spent heavily to drive sales growth and future product launches.1 seller of wearables in the first quarter of 2016, with about 25% of market share, according to data from International Data Corp. Apple held the third-largest chunk of the market, behind Chinese electronics company Xiaomi Corp. Fitbit shipped 4.8 million units in the quarter compared with Apple s 1.5 million.We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most, said James Park, Fitbit s chief executive and co-founder.Mr. Park added that Coin s technology will further our strategy of making Fitbit products an indispensable part of people s lives.Fitbit said this month that first-quarter sales climbed 50%, showing that less-expensive fitness trackers still have legs as they compete with the Apple Watch.
Android Pay has launched in the UK GoogleAndroid Pay has finally arrived in the UK on Wednesday 18 May 2016 , meaning that you can now pay for goods and services using an Android smartphone using Google's contactless payments system.Working in much the same way as rival systems Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Android Pay essentially a rebranded, much-improved version of Google Wallet allows you to carry out transactions at contactless NFC payment terminals by tapping your phone against them – provided you've first downloaded and installed the Android Pay app.Here's a rundown of what you need to know to get you up and running.After downloading the Android Pay app from the Play Store, boot it up and select the Google account you want to link it with.You can also use Android Pay to get around on the London Underground and buses.Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide are supporting Android Pay at launch, but Barclay's, NatWest and Santander customers are out of luck.
Photo: ReutersChinese internet giant Tencent Holdings saw net profit rise 33 per cent in the first quarter to 9.2 billion yuan HK$10.9 billion , but China s slowing economy may take its toll on the firm s online advertising revenue.In the past it took two meetings to nail down a certain amount of contract.The monthly number of people using WeChat rose 39 per cent year-on-year in the period to 762 million.In March the company introduced a 0.5 per cent transaction fee for users taking money out of the WeChat wallet, the app s popular online payment function that rivals Alibaba s Alipay.This relatively young business is still at an early, fast-growing.Chief strategy officer James Mitchell said the online video landscape is getting extremely competitive with new market entrants like LeTV.
View photosMoreFitbit Blaze watches are displayed during the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016.REUTERS/Steve Marcus Reuters - Fitbit users could soon make payments with a flick of the wrist, as the maker of the simple yet hugely popular fitness bands races to pack in more features in its products.NFC has featured prominently in some mobile devices and is used in the Apple Watch as well as payment services such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Wallet.For Fitbit, which dominates the wearable devices market, the deal could help it catch up on a technology that is becoming increasingly popular with users and retailers.Fitbit retained its strong grasp on the wearables market in the first quarter, accounting for nearly a quarter of it, according to an IDC report released on Monday.Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty
Bhat argues that to do this, the company wants to offer amazing value to both users and the rest of the ecosystem, including merchants, banks and developers for in-app purchases .Thanks to this, you will soon be able to roll up to a Bank of America ATM, tap your phone and make a withdrawal which is good news in case you forgot your wallet at home but not your phone, I guess .According to Bhat, it only takes a few lines of code to enable Android Pay support with these partners.The company previously only worked with a select group of developers to test its Android Pay integrations think Uber, Yelp, Eat24 and Ticketmaster , but the service is now live for any developer who wants to integrate it into apps that sell physical goods and services only in markets where Android Pay is available, of course .As Bhat told me, the team worked with Walgreens, for example, to bring that company s Balance Rewards loyalty program to Android Pay users.All of these updates represent relatively small steps in making mobile payments more ubiquitous and convenient, but it s really the sum of all these small parts that will decide whether services like these will succeed in the end.
All you need to do is download the Android Pay app from Google Play, add your card, and you re free to ditch that banged up wallet or pesky purse for good.There s also one particularly big phone that will be missing Android Pay support due to lack of NFC – the OnePlus 2.On supported devices you can authenticate your purchases with a tap of your digit, while on other phones you ll need to input a pin code.Even though Huawei s own phones always fall down due to overbearing software, the Chinese firm has been excelling in design for a while now.Now, if there s one Nexus 6P design choice that s caused a bit of a stir since the leaked images first hit the interwebs it s the glass covered hump running across the top.Slow focusing, even slower post-production, blurry results and unresponsive apps were all common.
Samsung just updated Samsung Pay to help you with your swollen wallet.Samsung Pay can now store all of your loyalty cards inside the app.Tap "Membership Cards" at the top and you'll be able to quickly find and summon a barcode for a loyalty card.The company is working on bringing more features to Samsung Pay, like the ability to withdraw cash from an ATM and pay for subway rides, which are already available in Korea.One of the biggest downsides of Samsung Pay is that it only supports select Samsung devices like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5.But having used Samsung Pay for the last year, it's a feature I'd hesitate to give up when it's time to upgrade my phone.