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KitKat Feature Spotlight: Wi-Fi TDLS Support Allows For Faster Direct Data Transfer On A Wi-Fi Network Without Slowing Other Devices

One more KitKat feature spotlight for the evening. This time, it's Wi-Fi TDLS. Added in Android 4.4, Wi-Fi TDLS, as Google describes it, is "a seamless way to stream media and other data faster between devices already on the same Wi-Fi network." TDLS, for those that don't know, stands for Tunneled Direct Link Setup.

Essentially, Wi-Fi TDLS allows two devices on the same Wi-Fi network to link directly to one another and share data without burdening the network/router/other devices in the process. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance:

Two TDLS devices automatically use their highest common performance and security features, regardless of the feature level supported by the network.  TVs, smartphones, cameras, printers, PCs, projectors, and gaming devices, for example, can connect directly to each other to transfer content and share applications quickly and easily.

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Android Market Carrier Billing Comes To More Networks In South Korea, The UK, And Germany

Google has made good on its promise to expand carrier billing for the Android Market internationally today, introducing the feature to customers on various carriers in three countries. This is great news for consumers, and even better news for developers.

South Korean users on SK Telecom and KT Corporation, UK users on Vodafone UK, and German users on Vodafone DE will all be receiving access to direct carrier billing in the coming weeks.

Carrier billing is a major feature for users in countries outside the US, where Google Checkout support for regional banks and credit cards can often be severely wanting.

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