Posts Tagged ‘Google Wallet’

Google Requested Hackers to Stop Accessing Google Wallet |Mobile News

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Google requested hackers to stop accessing Google wallet in testing their security mainly on payment services after consecutive attacks.

Google defended the application to have faster feature in terms of payment services compared to credit cards after being hacked twice.

About the application, the Google Wallet is a mobile payment application that helps individual to pay bills just right through the smartphone and equipped with NFC or Near Field Communications – wireless technology that covers short distances. Sprint Nexus S 4G supports Google wallet in which users are allowed to pay goods on 20 retailers and restaurants without going closer to the cash register. In general, the application allows a person to leave their wallets and credit cards at home.

Google endorsed 2 features that make the Google Wallet the best way in payment method.

Mobile News: Protected by PIN Code
The application protects the account of one’s user through PIN code and the phone’s lock screen.

Google Wallet and Payment’s Vice President Osama Bedier wrote on a business blog that, “People are asking if Google Wallet is safe enough for mobile phone payments, The simple answer to this question is yes.”

On an instance, the Google Wallet’s PIN code was cracked by 2 separate security researchers last week to secure Google Wallet.

Zvelo, a web security provider, made a remedy to access on Google Wallet last February 9. Engineer Joshua Rubin from Zvelo concluded that smartphone that runs Google wallet must be rooted by the owner or someone that holds the phone to crack the PIN code.

Google argued that it “strongly discourages” users since the application supported only on non-rooted smartphnes.

“That’s why in most cases, rooting your phone will cause your Google Wallet data to be automatically wiped from the device,” Bedier wrote.

On the other hand, SmartphoneChamp posted on a blog last February 10 focusing on how to access on a lost wallet if it is not protected with lock screen. If screen lock is disabled, a person can easily wipe the wallet’s data through the application setting menu.

Mobile News: More secured than a credit card
Google wallet will request a user to reset and set new PIN code when it is launched for the next time. After successfully created a new PIN and accessed to Google PrePaid card to the app, it can now be accessible in viewing previously available funds.

In this issue, Google announced a temporary resolution that disables provisions on prepaid cards that serves as a preventative measure until Google will finally fix the issue.

“You can be confident that the digital wallet you carry provides defences that plastic and leather simply don’t,” Bedier said.

In this case, the promotion of the application deceives user to leave wallets and credit cards at home to avoid them from losing their cash or cards.

This would be difficult for Google in mounting the wallet as many hackers seemed to provoke the capacity of Google Wallet in terms of security. Nevertheless, NFC-based mobile payments are the key players to dominate five years from now.

e Mobile News .net (c) 2012

Top 10 apps for Google’s Android supported smartphones and tablets |Mobile apps News

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Google’s Android OS has been the undisputed operating system in the smartphone market while it ranks no. 2 on tablets.

As the giant continues to expand, Android apps have been the source of its success and its fast increase has amazed experts. We have seen last year that Google’s Android OS outcast iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and even Windows Phone. According to a report that Google had acquired 52 percent of smartphone users who use Android OS while 17 percent goes to Symbian and followed by iOS of 15 percent.

As Android users increase, the demand of Android apps also increases. What makes it to a prompt increase? It’s because most of the application on the Android market are free! There are many developers who create apps for different demands.

So here are the top 10 apps that are useful or may be important for individual.

• Astro File Manager
Astro File Manager allows you to manage your file, browse your file and even arrange your file. The apps allows you to cut, copy and paste files, rename the file if you want and you can also compress your file and attach it on email – just like what you do on your desktop. The apps is free, but proceeding to the premium version requires $4.00.

• Gtask Task Manager
The application syncs your desktop Google Tasks that allows you to access Gmail and Google Calendar’s web version. This app is installed in every smartphones that run Google’s Android.

• Google Music
If Apple has its own iTunes, well, Google has its own Google Music also! The application allows you to search your favourite artist’s songs and play it through streaming online. More than 20, 000 songs are available – that makes sense to save phone storage space, why? You don’t have to save music files to your phone, but rather listen to Google Music.

• Seesmic
It is an app that allows you to post and manage your Tweeter account. Seesmic is better than Tweeter for Android. It has home widget that shows latest tweets and was designed well that makes it more professional.

• Facebook for Android
Everybody loves Facebook! The application allows you to manage and modify your account just likely to be on desktop that keeps you on the go. Inbox support was updated to the application that allows user to communicate in almost a real time. The app is good enough, fast and stable – the design will let you reminisce of you first time of using Facebook.

• Google Wallet
This app is most convenient to those people who are afraid to bring cash or even reluctant to bring some money. Google now offers an application that allows a user to carry an electronic wallet without the use of real money. This will allow you to pay your bills through the use of Google Wallet that is installed in your smartphone.

• BeyondPod
This app achieved great reviews from people who have been using BeyondPod. The application will let you manage your audio and video podcast subscription. BeyondPod will equip with your Android’s music player after installing. The application is free; proceeding to the premium version will require $7.00 payment.

• TweetDeck
The application will allow you to post on different social networking site in just one click. The features include Facebook and Tweeter. The application works with a presenting timeline, DMs and replies that were separated on the panel.

• Google Reader
The application gives an additional function to your surfing purposes. It works with the support of multiple Google accounts and plenty of thread customisation options.

• SnapTax
SnapTax will help you manage your tax payment and provides you an image of your W-2. The information will then be sent to receive your tax returns. This app is suitable for those people who want their tax process infallible and the app is free! When using the app, it requires $19.99 for filing the tax details.

Again, as the population of Android users continues to increase, the demand of Android application also increases. These top 10 useful or may be important application may serve a guide on what to download for your Google’s Android supported smartphone. (c) 2012

Business Planning of Google in Mobile Market

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Mobile News – Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes that a phone is no longer a phone as users already consider it as alter ego. Early in 2011, Google made an announcement regarding its marketing strategies to strengthen its presence in the mobile industry. For the leading internet and computer software company, mobile is all about advertising. It is estimated that smartphone users will continue to increase significantly. Analysts Episerver revealed that 59% of Great Britain’s consumers recently own a smartphone and 18% own a tablet device. Among smartphone users, 35% used their phone to purchase something with the help of adverts which are powered by Google.

Google was measuring mobile readiness of its advertisers by using 200 diagnostic points together with other criteria including device detection, load time and mobile optimisation. The company found out on the study that about 79% of its biggest advertisers have web sites not designed specifically for mobile. Google acted immediately to solve the problem.

Twelve mobile web experts were appointed through GoMo initiative to create mobile-friendly sites for advertisers, agencies and brands. Shortly after, Google Wallet was created for mobile payments and Google Mobilize which can be used for free by small businesses to create and launch basic mobile websites. Google did all those things to increase mobile advertising revenue and encourage small and medium enterprises to sign up for the AdWords platform of the company.

Schmidt knows that Google will never be a handset maker or an operator but as long as the mobile browser and Google search bar are the core of the so-called alter egos, he thinks that mobile advertising will strengthen further the company’s strong revenue in the years to come. (c) 2011