March 13, 2012

Google Wallet app gets update includes “core system fixes”


A software update has been issued for the Google Wallet Android application this week and includes "core Wallet system fixes" among the notes.  Unfortunately the reviews for this 1.1-R52v7 release indicate that prepaid card issues are still plaguing the app and users are still unable to add a new card or retrieve data from existing cards.  Let's hope that this issue is resolved with a quick update to the update. With Sprint expecting to roll Wallet support out to at least ten more … [Read more...]

AT&T system being prepared for shared data plans


  AT&T and Verizon are the first carriers to consider shared family data plans. And while we have already seen evidence of Verizon getting things ready for the big changes, we hadn’t seen anything from AT&T, until now. Engadget has just gotten a hold of a leaked document screenshot, which displays AT&T’s systems being prepared for shared data plans. Not much is known yet, and the document states that such feature is yet to be determined. The presence of shared data … [Read more...]

Google Plans To Introduce Own Branded Wireless Home Entertainment System In The Coming Months


  You may remember during last year’s Google I/O when Google showed off their vision for a fully connected living room, better known as “Android@Home.” That was all the way back in May, and if you’re wondering why you haven’t heard any news or rumblings from the Google camp, you wouldn’t be alone. Developers too, have been receiving the same silent treatment without so much as a peep from the boys at Google. But after some new developments reported from the Wall Street … [Read more...]

Google Testing Mystery Entertainment System


  Google has filed an application with the FCC for a 6-month permission to test a home entertainment system involving WiFi and Bluetooth enabled devices. While I don’t quite understand all the legal-speak, it seems quite clear that the system has to do with Android@Home, which was announced at Google I/O 2011. You can find the application here. Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:  Google is developing an entertainment device that requires testing outside … [Read more...]

Samsung Epic 4G 2 (SPH-D705) Shows Up In Cellbrite System – Where’s It Headed?


  Right before we enter into the weekend, we get a juicy bit of news. Apparently, the Samsung SPH-D705 — otherwise known as the Epic 4G 2 — has popped up in the Cellebrite system indicating the device could be launching sometime in the very near future. Before you get mixed up, keep in mind we’re talking about the sequel to the OG Samsung EPIC 4G that was launched on Sprint and Verizon. Remember that big boned device? The one with the QWERTY keyboard? Originally, the device was … [Read more...]

The Problem With Patents Infographic Highlights Flaws In The Patent System


  If you’ve been following my posts in the past, my love of infographics wont come as a surprise. Whenever I come across a good one, I wont hesitate to post it. As loyal Phandroid readers, you’ve no doubt seen the countless posts dedicated to lawsuits involving some multi-billion dollar company suing another over “their” intellectual property or patents. It grows tiresome. As much as I feel our current patent system is very much broken, I do believe that — just like the road to … [Read more...]

Droid RAZR MAXX spotted in Verizon system?


There are some teaser photos being tossed around on Picasa, and it looks as though Big Red already has another Droid branded RAZR in the pipeline. We've got a picture of some release information for the rumored Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, thanks to Droid Life. The picture tells us that the system version the RAZR MAXX runs at the moment is the same as that of the current Droid RAZR, but the dates in the picture are obviously not release dates, and unfortunately we have no information on the … [Read more...]

Verizon System Shows HTC Fireball, Details Unknown


  If a Verizon inventory screens are to be believed (and they usually are quite trustworthy), a new 4G LTE device is coming our way courtesy of HTC. The HTC Fireball has appeared in the carrier’s computer system without even the slightest hint as to what it could be. The best we can do is speculate on the Fireball’s model number ADR6410L, which falls between the ADR6425 ( HTC Rezound) and ADR6400 ( HTC Thunderbolt) . With consideration to this fact, it is possible that the Fireball … [Read more...]

“DROID RAZR Maxx” Finds Its Way Into Verizon’s System


  Well well well, what do we have here? It looks like Big Red is getting ready to introduce a variant of the RAZR as one “ Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx” has made its way into the Verizon’s systems. There still no word on what this device will be (everyone was tipped off to it earlier this month) but our benefactor Droid-Life suspects it could be one of those 720p display-toting, 13 megapixel camera-having RAZR variants currently out in China. The biggest mystery, though – why are … [Read more...]

Isis Partnership Entrusts Gemalto to Secure NFC Payment System


  The Isis mobile payments platform is back by a partnership including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. With big names backing the service, it seems like the mobile wallet system has a chance of catching on. That is, if people can trust NFC-based purchasing options with their bank money. As a new technology, there are still some things to work out, the biggest being security concerns. What is in here is not important at all Enter Gemalto, the company chosen to secure the financial … [Read more...]

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