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Android Pay Announced For The UK, Coming In The "Next Few Months" With Major Bank And Retail Support

Android Pay Announced For The UK, Coming In The "Next Few Months" With Major Bank And Retail Support

We've been getting tips about this for months, but now it's finally happening. Google has announced on the official Android blog that Android Pay is coming to the UK, with major bank and retail support in tow. The post says, "in the next few months Android smartphones will become even more useful with the launch of Android Pay," meaning we don't know exactly when it's coming. But be assured it is. In fact, various people have been reporting that Nationwide cards have worked for payment since the start of this month, although we can't verify this.

The major banks mentioned include Lloyds Bank, HSBC, Nationwide, Halifax, and Bank of Scotland (although not Royal Bank of Scotland).

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Amazon Updates Its App To 5.0 With Instant Video Streaming App, Access To Entire Digital Catalog, Including The Appstore [APK Download]

Amazon Updates Its App To 5.0 With Instant Video Streaming App, Access To Entire Digital Catalog, Including The Appstore [APK Download]

Amazon has finally (finally!) brought its Prime Instant Video service to Android devices with an Instant Video app available through its own app store.

The news comes as part of an update to version 5.0 of Amazon's own app in the Play Store, which sees a broader content shift - the new Amazon app allows users to access Amazon's entire digital catalog, meaning that - besides instant video content - users can shop for (and install) apps from Amazon's app store. This ostensibly makes the Amazon App Store app obsolete, though the old app will still need to hang around on your device to verify apps that use Amazon's optional DRM system.

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Pressy Units Are Finally Beginning To Ship To Kickstarter Backers, Official Pressy App Now Available In The Play Store

Pressy Units Are Finally Beginning To Ship To Kickstarter Backers, Official Pressy App Now Available In The Play Store

OK, Pressy faithful. Your patient waiting, or just possibly your impatient waiting and incessant grumbling (guilty), has finally paid off. According to an email sent to Pressy Kickstarter backers early this morning, the first of the final production devices have left the factory in China and been sorted and shipped out. The rest should be shipped by tomorrow, and depending upon location, Pressy creator Nimrod Black says that it will take 1-3 weeks for the units to arrive to backers.

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There's buttons in them boxes.

Pressy is a headphone jack-mounted external button that can be triggered to various selectable apps or functions, basically adding a customizable physical button for power users.

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Google Search At Last Properly Handles Timer Queries With The Clock App

Google Search At Last Properly Handles Timer Queries With The Clock App

Back in April, we posted a rumor that Google Now was on track to properly handle timer queries (like "set a timer for five minutes") using the clock app's built in timer functionality, rather than simply setting an alarm.

Nearly a month later, we saw mention of the functionality in a teardown of the Search app itself, and today it looks like that functionality has finally been switched on.

Users who say "Set a timer for [time]" will be greeted with a card letting them know the timer is about to commence, with the option to skip straight to starting the timer.

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Rumor: Google Now May Be On Track To Properly Handle 'Timer' Queries (No More Alarms)

Rumor: Google Now May Be On Track To Properly Handle 'Timer' Queries (No More Alarms)

It's hard not to be excited about the future of Google Now. It's already an incredibly powerful tool, on its way to being a do-anything personal assistant, and we've heard tell of even more functionality from bill pay reminders to inferred events entries to contact-based reminders.

Today, though, we've heard about something that many have asked for from Google Now for a long time now - actual timer functionality. Search may not be getting its own built-in timer, but it won't be side-stepping your request to set an alarm, either.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether.
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Google Play Listings Now Support Distinct "What's New" Text For Alpha, Beta, And Production Channels

Google Play Listings Now Support Distinct "What's New" Text For Alpha, Beta, And Production Channels

Developers have certainly made great use of the Alpha and Beta distribution channels in the Play Store since they became available last summer. There was one glaring oversight: developers could only write a single block of text for the "What's New" section. This often led to changelogs that left beta testers in the dark about changes or confusing regular users with promises of new features and fixes that hadn't yet materialized in the stable channel. Well, this problem ends today. Google has finally opened up support for distinct changelog text for each channel!

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Things don't look all that different from before.

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Spotify App Update Rolling Out, Finally Brings Landscape Support

Spotify App Update Rolling Out, Finally Brings Landscape Support

One of the biggest peeves that, well, everyone had when the redesigned Spotify app hit the scene back in June of last year (yes, it's already been a year) was the lack of landscape support. Updates came and went, but we were all left wanting.

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Here we are, one year later, and landscape support is here. It's finally real. For me, personally, there's just one problem: I canceled my Spotify premium membership yesterday and switched to Play Music All Access as my full-time streaming service. It's actually kind of mind boggling.

But I digress. This is a great addition, regardless of the timing.

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Motorola Set To Begin Soak Test For Verizon RAZR And RAZR MAXX Jelly Bean Update

Motorola Set To Begin Soak Test For Verizon RAZR And RAZR MAXX Jelly Bean Update

Motorola, through its Feedback Network, has indicated that it is readying a "new Jelly Bean software release" for the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX on Verizon, asking participants – as usual – to test the waters before the release is made final. We know that the RAZR/MAXX duo are set to get a 4.1 update in "Q1 2013" from Motorola's own update schedule, so the following email (sent to members of Moto's feedback network) is a good sign that things are on track.

Hi,
Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid RAZR or Droid RAZR Maxx on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new Jelly Bean software release, and provide feedback. 

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Verizon Officially Announces The Galaxy S III Will Be Available In Stores On July 10th

Verizon Officially Announces The Galaxy S III Will Be Available In Stores On July 10th

The wait is nearly over! Just a few days after AT&T announced the Galaxy S III would be available in stores soon, Verizon enters the fray with its own announcement. The much sought-after device will be available in Verizon stores starting July 10th. So, if you've been holding off on pre-ordering until you see it for yourself, your wait will be over in a week.

Both the 16GB and 32GB models will be available for $199 and $249 respectively. The device will also be available online for same-day ordering. Currently the device is available for pre-order only, indicating that the device will ship by July 11th, so you might get it a bit earlier if you don't pre-order, oddly enough.

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[New Game] Max Payne (Finally) Hits The Play Store, Bringing Gameplay That "Redefined The Action-Shooter Genre" To Android

[New Game] Max Payne (Finally) Hits The Play Store, Bringing Gameplay That "Redefined The Action-Shooter Genre" To Android

After multiple delays, it looks like Max Payne Mobile has finally come to Android, just in time for Rockstar's latest release date promise. Before we publish our full-on review tomorrow, it's worth taking a moment to get a quick look at the much-anticipated game's Android iteration.

The game, which bears the original's award-winning title, follows the story of, you guessed it – Max Payne. Max is a fugitive cop, running both from the police and the mob. The game bills itself as "relentless" and "story-driven," promising a myriad of plot-twists, plenty of Bullet Time, gunplay, and action. As in the original title, Max Payne Mobile features graphic novel-style cutscenes, and a gritty almost noir vibe sure to satisfy fans of the original.

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