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[Tap That] Android 4.4 Feature: NFC Payments No Longer Require Secure Element, Use Emulation Workaround

Google Wallet's single-biggest problem to date in the US has inarguably been carriers. US carriers (except Sprint) wouldn't allow Google the necessary control of the "secure element" in order to make NFC payments, and as such, Google Wallet consumer adoption has essentially been trivial. With Android 4.4, that finally changes.

The new version of Android completely eschews the secure element paradigm and has instead opted for a virtual solution, using what Google calls "Host Card Emulation" technology to get the job done.

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Sprint's Nexus 5 Will Launch November 8th For $149 On Contract, Pre-Orders Available Starting Tomorrow

Sprint customer's missed out on the Nexus 4 last year, but that won't be the case this time. The carrier will start offering the Nexus 5 on November 8th for $149 on contract (after a mail-in rebate). This applies for customers looking to sign up for a new line or those who are eligible for an upgrade, and anyone who jumps on the offer will get guaranteed unlimited data for life.

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Want To Know More About Android 4.4? Check Out All These Official Google Info Pages

With a new version of Android comes a new promotional glamor site for Google's beloved mobile OS, and this time KitKat's getting the treatment. Android 4.4 packs a bevy of new features and capabilities, but if you want the basic rundown, Google's official splash for KitKat (here) is the prettiest way to educate yourself. (Bonus: here's an equally pretty site for the Nexus 5.)

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If you're looking for a deeper rundown of Android 4.4's new features, don't worry, the Android Developers site has you covered with detailed, technical information about the new OS version.

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KitKat Feature Spotlight: Translucent Navigation And Notification Bars Can Be Requested By Apps In 4.4

The next version of Android is bringing a lot of visual options to the table, and they're not just for Google to play with. Buried deep within the KitKat 4.4 API (level 19) is the ability for apps to request translucent system UI overlays, specifically on the top notification bar and the bottom navigation bar (if your device has one). You can see this feature in action in all the promotional photos of the Nexus 5's homescreen, where the wallpaper is visible form the top of the screen to the bottom.

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[Update: No 4.4 For GNex Confirmed] Android 4.4 Will Come To Nexus 4, 7 (2012 And 2013), 10, And Google Play Edition GS4 / HTC One, No GNex Love

Update: Here's an official Google Support answer stating the GNex will indeed be stuck in 4.3-land for eternity.

At the bottom of Google's official Android 4.4 announcement post on the company's blog, some rather pertinent information for current Nexus / GPE device owners is thrown in: OTA update news!

KitKat will be coming to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (presumably both models, but not explicitly stated), Nexus 10, and the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

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Google Posts First Nexus 5 Commercial With A Wedding Theme

Google's first official Nexus 5 commercial is titled "I Do," which should tell you pretty much what it's about. Yes, lots of happy folks tying the knot and snapping photos of the event with a Nexus 5. Check it out.

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Nexus 5 Launch Accessories: Bumper Cases In Four Colors, Flip Cover Cases In Two - All But One 'Coming Soon'

After the Nexus 5's unannounced unveil this morning, you're probably wondering about your soon-to-be new phone's official case options. Well, here they are - Google's announced two different case types for the Nexus 5, in the form of bumper cases and the new quick cover case. Bumper cases, pictured below and in the thumbnail of this post, come in four colors - red, black, gray, and highlighter yellow. They protect all sides of the phone, with cutouts only for the camera button and flash.

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The LG Nexus 5 Is Finally Live In Google Play – 5-inch 1080p Screen, 16/32GB Of Storage, And Android 4.4 Starting At $349

You've spent months stumbling through the miasma of rumors and leaked FCC documents, but we've reached the light at the end of the tunnel. The LG Nexus 5 is official and it's listed in the Play Store. Pricing is exactly as previously leaked – $349 for the 16GB phone and $399 for 32GB. The phone comes in all black and the white/black panda-phone model. As for the specs, they are exactly as leaked, which is to say, killer.

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Halloween App And Game Sales: Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Shuttle+ Music Player, Greedy Spiders (Free), And More

It's Halloween, which means the deal spirits are at their most powerful. If you're very quiet, we might be able to call out to them through the ghostly aether and conjure up some deals. And indeed, here they are – some spooky sales just for you.

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Motorola Releases Motorola Camera App On The Play Store, Only Works With The Moto X For Now

Seemingly following in Google's footsteps, Motorola has released one of its phones' core applications on the Play Store today, in the form of Motorola Camera. Unlike Google's apps, though, it doesn't seem likely the Motorola Camera app will be making its way onto non-Moto devices - it's only compatible with the Moto X.

Likely, the app is simply a way for Motorola to quickly update the camera software on its smartphones without having to develop its own app updating system, similar to the practice it began by putting Touchless Control on the Play Store.

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