We’ve already heard of wireless charging with accessories like the Powermat and the out-of-the-box Nokia Lumia 920 with its “pillow charger” but this is the first Android device to be released with this feature. The induction coil chargers are not as efficient as the regular USB-to-wall chargers but they’re still hella cool to watch. There will come a day, of course, when these charging plates will be a mainstay in every home, which means, like, your work desk is also a huge charger.
The Google Nexus 4 is a 4.7 inch device running on a quad core processor and Android v4.2 Jelly Bean. It also comes with the new Photo Sphere feature for the camera which allows you to take 360-degree photos of objects. It also features Gesture Typing which allows you to hover over the letters of the virtual keyboard to input text.
8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
Google has been working closely with Samsung to unveil the latest iteration of its ‘Nexus’ line. Simply put, whenever you see a phone tagged as Nexus, it means that it was made with direct collaboration with Google, not just through the regular Android licensing agreement for hardware manufacturers. So what does this mean?
Exciting. This news is so exciting, I decided to post the full press release. Thanks to Aileen Apolo, Ms. Google Earth Philippines for sending this over. If you own an Android phone, this is all the more reason to keep it. I can finally buy the full license of ROBO DEFENSE!!!!
TL;DR: Paid Android apps can now be bought in the Philippines via VISA and Mastercard
FULL PRESS RELEASE:
Google expands support for paid Android apps to consumers in the Philippines
(Manila, Philippines, May 12, 2011) – Today Google announced that Android Market will increase consumer access and developer support for paid applications in several new countries, including the Philippines. Consumers from 99 new countries will be able to purchase apps from Android Market. This latest expansion of Android Market means more applications — including games, social, and productivity apps — for consumers.
The number of countries where Android users can purchase priced apps will increase to 131 including the addition of the Philippines. Consumers from these newly supported countries will now have access to over 200,000 free and paid apps in Android Market, which they can access directly from their Android-powered device. Apps will be priced in US Dollars, and can be bought through Google Checkout, which supports local Mastercard and Visa credit cards.
Android Market was launched to help developers distribute mobile applications on a level playing field, while enabling users to find and download apps that leverage the unique capabilities of the Android platform. Google is pleased to announce the expansion of Android Market’s offerings in these additional countries to deliver more apps for more people.
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If you’re a fanboy like me, you’re probably still awake waiting for the live stream. Have you read the fine print at the bottom of the announcement? You need to be running on Safari or using iOS to view the stream. WTF! Sure, they’re doing a stress test of their new datacenters but they just shut out everybody running Windows from viewing the stream. From the other side of the coin though, the live stream quality is amazing.