Android Pay turns your phone into a Google-powered wallet. Tap it against a terminal, transfer money, and walk away feeling like you're living in the future. Android Pay has been making folks feel this way since September, depending on where you live.
If said place is in Asia, you've been out of luck. That's about to change. Android Pay has made its way to Singapore, its first stop in Asia. Read More
At MWC this year, Samsung confirmed its plans to expand to 7 countries in 2016 beyond the two where it was already available (South Korea and the United States). Among those 7 countries, only China has seen the light of day so far, but it looks like Singapore isn't too far off. Samsung has just announced a partnership with one of Singapore's leading banks: Citibank.
The service, however, isn't yet fully launched in Singapore. Samsung's press release says its launch is slated for Q2 2016, but I'm not sure how that's possible given that Q2 ends in about a month and that Samsung seems to be just ready to start its beta test phase now. Read More
After launching in Japan earlier this month, Netflix is set to expand its Asian presence in early 2016 by adding 4 countries to its availability map. If you live in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, you'll be happy to know that the video streaming service is coming to your neck of the woods (or rainforest) next year. At least you'll no longer be forced to VPN your way to the US to get Netflix working.
This expansion is part of the company's plan to reach more countries and more potential customers worldwide as quickly as possible. Italy, Portugal, and Spain are getting the service next month, and you can guess that more countries will be joining in later on. Read More
After its introduction at CES, the curvtastic LG G Flex 2 is almost ready for primetime. The phone has been available for pre-order on Sprint in the US for a few days with a free Quick Circle case, but its global rollout is about to commence. It will first be offered on "major carriers in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany, and the U.K," according to an LG Press Release, followed by key markets in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Aside from Sprint in the US, we know that AT&T will carry the G Flex 2 (only in grey, red is exclusive to Sprint) but their landing page still marks it as Coming Soon, and that U.S. Read More
Support for Google Play carrier billing has recently extended to a number of additional carriers scattered around the globe. A quick visit to the site's direct billing support page shows that four carriers spread between as many countries have joined the list of accepted companies.
Residents in New Zealand can now add their app payments to the 2degrees bills at the end of each month. The option is also available to Belgacom customers in Belgium and people who turn to M1 in Singapore. In Poland there's now Polkomtel / Plus.
You can see Belgacom in the screenshot below. Click on the image to view the others. Read More
If you've been patiently waiting for carrier billing to come to your cell carrier, today might be your lucky day. Customers of Starhub in Singapore and A1 in Austria should now be able to charge app and content purchases from the the Play Store directly to their cellular accounts. A1 is the first carrier in Austria to support the feature, and Starhub is the second in Singapore. Read More
To all the people who wished, begged, or pleaded for Nokia to make Android phones, listen up, because it looks like your dreams may actually come true. On the day that Microsoft bought out Nokia's phone business, the Finnish company's former Asia-Pacific CEO Thomas Zilliacus founded Newkia in hopes of producing the Android phones that Nokia wouldn't commit to, and he plans to hire Nokia employees who were interested in developing for Android.
Zilliacus wanted to buy Nokia's phone business a year ago in hopes of steering the company towards Android, but he wasn't able to raise enough money to do so. Read More
It looks like a couple of HTC's Asian One X variants are receiving updates to Jelly Bean which appear to have begun rolling out earlier today. XDA users confirm that the update carries Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (not the latest 4.1.2) along with HTC's latest and greatest version of its Sense UI, and weighs in at about 353MB.
You may remember that HTC North Asia's general manager Jack Tong promised that One X owners in Asia could expect the update to begin rolling out to the One X today, with the One S slated to receive some Jelly Bean goodness at an unspecified later date. Read More
Last week, Google announced that over the next 2 weeks, support for purchasing paid apps was coming to 18 more countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.
This morning, reports are trickling in that the switch has been indeed flipped, at least in some of these countries. So far, we've been able to confirm Sweden, Denmark, and India. Tightly coupled with today's rollout is a Market update that converts all application prices to buyers' native currencies.
In case you were wondering why the Danish and Swedish currencies are the same, I did some research and found out that "ca." means "approximately," and both Swedish and Danish currencies are shortened as "kr" - Swedish krona and Danish kroner or krone. Read More