Payment options for Android Market

by kelly » Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:49:14 GMT


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 Hello,

Not long ago, I read a post at
 http://androidcommunity.com/google-to-expand-android-market-payment-choices-20090716/ 
about coming updates to the Android Market. These updates had to do
with expanded options for billing beyond the current ones (free vs.
paid). I was wondering if anyone had any idea when these additional
options will be available. Google Checkout has a new capability for
monthly subscriptions, which is in beta. I assume the updates to
Android Market will take place once the new Google Checkout feature is
out of beta. I also assume the time table for this particular feature
coming out of beta will be shorter than the beta period for, say,
Gmail. Any insights are appreciated.

Thanks,
Kelly
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1. Google Nexus S: Top Android Smart Phone Now

 http://www.***.com/ 


"Pure Google." That's the tagline Google is using to promote the Nexus
S< http://www.***.com/ ;,
the newest smart phone to run its Android operating system. Which brings up
an obvious question: If this phone is pure Google, just what do other
Android phones offer {*filter*}erated Google?

Yep, pretty much, they do. Android's openness it's a piece of free
software that any company can use and modify without Google's permission or
active involvement is one of its defining characteristics. But phonemakers
and wireless carriers frequently exercise that freedom in strange ways. They
ship phones with stale versions of Android long after newer, better ones are
available. They tamper with the operating system's interface and clutter it
up with preinstalled apps of questionable value. With its Fascinate, Verizon
Wireless even dumped Google as Android's search engine and swapped in
Microsoft's Bing a move as perverse as a McDonald's franchise deciding to
sell Whoppers.(Get the latest tech news at
Techland.com.)< http://www.***.com/ ;

The Nexus S, on the other hand, packs Android as Google intended it to be
experienced, with a full suite of Google apps and services and no
third-party detritus. It's also the first phone to run Android 2.3
Gingerbread, the operating system's latest version. The phone isn't without
its quirks, and it doesn't threaten the bragging rights of Apple's iPhone 4
as the slickest, simplest, best-integrated smart phone available today. But
it's the best all-around Android handset I've tried to date.

Back in January, Google took full responsibility for a Nexus S predecessor
called the Nexus One < http://www.***.com/ ; it even marketed it directly to consumers. Four and a half months later,
however, the company concluded that it didn't want to be in the
phone-selling business after
all< http://www.***.com/ ;.
(It turned out that people like to see handsets in person before they buy
them and want a variety of service options rather than the Nexus One's
single T-Mobile plan.) The Nexus S's distribution strategy is more
conventional: it'll be sold at Best Buy, where it will sit alongside scads
of competitors (including the iPhone) and go for $199 with a two-year
T-Mobile contract or $529 with no commitment. Unlike most phones, the S is
unlocked a boon to world travelers, who can pop out the T-Mobile SIM card
and replace it with a local SIM rather than paying wallet-busting
international roaming fees.

The aspect of the Nexus S that's least purely Google's is the hardware.
Manufactured by Samsung, it's a spruced-up variant of a pleasing design seen
in Galaxy S phones such as Verizon's Fascinate and AT&T's Captivate, as well
as the Windows Phone 7ased Focus. The 4-in. screen size is just right:
it's noticeably roomier than the 3.5-in. iPhone 4 and 3.7-in. Droid
Incredible displays, without the pocket-straining XXL feel of a phone like
the 4.3-in. Droid X.

Rather than the more typical LCD, the screen uses AMOLED technology, which
makes for vivid colors and deep blacks; unlike some AMOLED displays, it
doesn't wash out in sunlight. It has a unique, ever so subtle curve that
adds to the pleasantly swoopy industrial design, feels comfy when you press
the handset to your cheek and reduces the chances of the screen shattering
into a million pieces if the phone tumbles from your hand and smacks the
pavement face-first.

As with an increasing percentage of new Android phones, the Nexus S boasts
two cameras: a five-megapixel one on the back, plus a lower-resolution model
on the front for video calls. But the back-facing one is just adequate even when I had plenty of light, my snapshots were grainier than those from
the best phone cameras, and it shoots only standard-definition video, not
HD. Worse, the front-facing camera seems to be a useless appendage at the
moment. Google doesn't provide video-calling software, and it doesn't yet
work with the third-party apps I tried. It'll be a cool feature if and when
Google or somebody else comes up with a video-chat service to rival the
iPhone 4's FaceTime.(See the top 10 gadgets of
2010.)< http://www.***.com/ ,28804,2035319_2033840,00.html>

Another Nexus S feature, its support for a technology known as near-field
communications (NFC), ventures even further into bleeding-edge territory. It
lets the phone communicate wirelessly with other NFC-equipped objects that
are no more than 4 in. away a higher-tech twist on the old infrared
technology that let PalmPilot owners squirt contact info back and forth. The
Nexus S's NFC can't do much in the real world just yet, unless you happen to
live in Portland, Ore., where a Google pilot program is giving local
businesses NFC-powered window decals. (If you hold a Nexus S up to the
sticker, it'll instantly display information about the establishment in
question.) But chances are high that NFC will be all around us eventually,
and the Nexus S will be ready.

How about that pure Google software? It helps. Android in its natural state
is sleeker and less glitchy than it usually is once other companies have
gotten their hands on it.

The more Google-centric your online life is, the higher the chances you'll
love the Nexus S. Setting up the phone doesn't involve much more than
entering your Google account name and password; Android then automatically
configures services such as Gmail and Google Calendar. (If you're moving
from another Android handset, it even copies your apps and wallpaper over.)
Google makes plenty of its apps and services available for the iPhone too,
but the Android versions often come out first and include more stuff. The
Nexus S includes the latest versions of all of them, including Google Maps
with turn-by-turn spoken driving directions.

The third-party apps in the Android Market continue to lag behind those in
Apple's iPhone App Store in both quantity and quality. Still, the situation
for Android users is far less bleak than it was a few months ago. These
days, I'm startled when a major provider of mobile software tells me that it
has no plans to support the operating system, and the best new apps are more
likely to rival their iPhone counterparts. Even the megahit game Angry
Birds< http://www.***.com/ ;
has
made its way over.

The fact that the Nexus S comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread is a plus just ask anybody whose brand-new phone uses an outdated version of the
operating system, thereby preventing it from running high-profile programs
like Flash Player. (Google will also likely push future upgrades out to the
phone more promptly than wireless carriers get them to other handsets.)
Gingerbread has been optimized for speed the S is among the
zippiest-feeling handsets I've used and has a cleaner, classier look than
its predecessors. It's got an improved interface for selecting, cutting and
pasting text; the on-screen keyboard is easier to use; and it provides the
Nexus with its ability to serve as a mobile hot spot that can zap wireless
Internet access to up to six other devices, such as laptops, tablets and
e-readers.(Comment on this
story.)< http://www.***.com/ ,8599,2036749,00.html#comments>

Overall, though, Gingerbread is a minor upgrade that doesn't do enough to
make Android feel less clunky and kludgy. For instance, there are multiple
places where the new-and-improved text tools aren't available. Accomplishing
tasks tends to take more taps than in Apple's iOS, and user interfaces vary
needlessly from app to app. Inexplicably, the operating system retains two
e-mail programs: one for Gmail, one for everything else, and each lacks at
least one essential feature available in the other. At last week's All
Things Digital: Dive into Mobile conference in San Francisco, Android honcho
Andy Rubin hinted that a more coherent upgrade is in the works but he
didn't say when it would arrive.

For now, Apple does purity much better than Google does. Even so, I like the
concept of pure Google phones, and I hope that the Nexus S isn't the last of
its kind. By taking charge of the Android experience, Google has the power and the responsibility to iron out the operating system's remaining kinks
without messing up all the things it already gets right.



*McCracken blogs about personal technology at Technologizer, which he
founded in 2008 after nearly two decades as a tech journalist. His column
for *TIME.com*, also called Technologizer < http://www.***.com/ ;,
appears every Tuesday.*


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