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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies now available for Samsung Vibrant

Are you still rocking a Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile? Well, first things first–you should probably consider upgrading. However, if you’re not into buying a new phone, you’ll be somewhat pleased to know that your now two and a half year old device has been given a breath of new life in the form of CyanogenMod 10.1. Based on Android 4.2 AOSP, the latest Nightly builds are now available for flashing, offering up Google’s newest software on your forgotten Samsung handset.

Sure, there may be a few bugs, but let’s get serious for a minute. Android 4.2 on a device released in 2010? This is exactly what separates Android apart from the rest. Now, only if we could somehow manage to get manufacturers on board.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies now available for Samsung Vibrant

Are you still rocking a Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile? Well, first things first–you should probably consider upgrading. However, if you’re not into buying a new phone, you’ll be somewhat pleased to know that your now two and a half year old device has been given a breath of new life in the form of CyanogenMod 10.1. Based on Android 4.2 AOSP, the latest Nightly builds are now available for flashing, offering up Google’s newest software on your forgotten Samsung handset.

Sure, there may be a few bugs, but let’s get serious for a minute. Android 4.2 on a device released in 2010? This is exactly what separates Android apart from the rest. Now, only if we could somehow manage to get manufacturers on board.

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CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies now available for Samsung Vibrant

Are you still rocking a Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile? Well, first things first–you should probably consider upgrading. However, if you’re not into buying a new phone, you’ll be somewhat pleased to know that your now two and a half year old device has been given a breath of new life in the form of CyanogenMod 10.1. Based on Android 4.2 AOSP, the latest Nightly builds are now available for flashing, offering up Google’s newest software on your forgotten Samsung handset.

Sure, there may be a few bugs, but let’s get serious for a minute. Android 4.2 on a device released in 2010? This is exactly what separates Android apart from the rest. Now, only if we could somehow manage to get manufacturers on board.

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Payment processor Bango bringing carrier billing to Google Play

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Bango, a mobile payments and analytics company, works with carriers (and other companies) as a middle-man to help set up payment systems and has now started offering Google Play billing as well. Carrier billing for items on Google Play is something that many carriers around the world are looking to get involved with. It's not always practical (or profitable) at the start to get it set up, however. Effectively outsourcing the payment processing and setup to another company makes sense for many companies out there trying to get into this game.

The first carrier on board with Bango for their mobile payments is Telstra in Australia. Given some of the big names that Bango currently does business with, we could see more carriers rolling out Google Play carrier billing with them soon. You can check out the full press release after the break.

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[App Deal] EA drops ‘The Game of Life’ down to just a Buck

Electronic Arts has very recently moved the classic Hasbro board game, The Game of Life, Android game from $4.99 down to just $0.99. The Android game version is based on the original board game that many of us grew up playing with our friends and families. Of course now it is all played digitally on your device with some great looking graphics and animations. The digital version lets you play using a pass and play system with up to 3 friends. Can you make it through life or will you end up broke with 6 kids?

Feel free to snag this classic game by clicking or scanning the QR code below before the price goes back up to $4.99.

Application: The Game of Life
Developer: Electronic Arts Inc
Cost: $0.99 on sale from $4.99

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Samsung Galaxy S3 receiving Jelly Bean on Dec 3rd (in Canada)

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Samsung has been doing pretty well when it comes to their Jelly Bean updates, releasing the (almost) latest firmware onto both the Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S3. As we wait for AT&T and Verizon to finish up with their network testing, more Galaxy S3′s are finding themselves soon to be updated, this time for GS3 users in Canada.

Samsung Canada took to their Twitter tonight to announce the Monday rollout and while they didn’t announce specific Canadian carriers, we’d expect all the major ones from ‘ol America Jr. to jump on board. Given that AT&T and many of Canada’s wireless providers have such similar bands, we don’t expect it will be much longer before Jelly Bean comes stateside to the #2 largest wireless carrier in the US.


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US NTSB Dumps RIM’s Blackberry For Apple

 

The U.S National Transportation Safety Board announced they are now replacing their Blackberry smartphones with Apple’s flagship mobile device iPhone 5 simply because the phone developed by Research in Motion has increasingly become unreliable.

NTSB became the latest government agency to ditch RIM’s Blackberry for more advanced and sophisticated smartphones like the iPhone 5. According to NTSB, Blackberry has now failed to meet their strict demands at such a drastic rate.

“Blackberry devices have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate,” the NTSB wrote, according to Bloomberg. The 400-employee agency “requires effective, reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations,” stated in a government filling last week, according to Bloomberg.

The NSTB said it experienced a couple of international service disruptions on Research in Motion’s Blackberry network this year. The NSTB is a government agency in charge of investigating airplane and transportation disasters, making reliable communication very much of a requirement.

“Government organizations globally have trusted the reliability and security of BlackBerry for over a decade. They can continue to do so,” a company spokesperson told CNET in an e-mail. “We have 1 million government customers in North America alone who depend on BlackBerry, and more than 400,000 government customers worldwide upgraded their devices in the past year,”

Despite losing another big contract with the government, Research in Motion remains optimistic of their future business endeavors with the upcoming release of Blackberry 10, which features an upgraded operating system and a full touch-screen. The device can be used in secure government offices, showing its commitment to continue serving the government as Blackberry 10 customers.

“We are committed to the mobility needs of government agencies around the world and will continue to meet these needs with BlackBerry 10,” the company spokesperson told CNET.

 

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Google And Dish Network Holding Talks Over Possible Wireless Service Launch

Google has been holding talks with Dish Network as of late to partner on an all-new wireless service. This wireless service would be a competitor with some of the other big name carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. One of the people familiar with these discussions has said that the talks between Google and Dish Network could go nowhere. If Google were to launch a wireless service though, a lot of people would be jumping on board right away.

Google is just one company that Dish Network has been having talks with. Regardless, it seems like Google is wanting to get in on the industry. It’s not a bad move for the company either, especially with the launching of Google Fiber.

We’ll just have to wait and see if any fruit comes out of this.

source: Wall Street Journal

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Acer Iconia Tab A220 leaks via benchmark, reveals Android 4.1 and quad-core Tegra 3 on board

According to a leak from the GL Benchmark database, it looks like Acer is working on the successor to the Iconia Tab A210. The model revealed in the benchmark, the A220, will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocking in a 1.3GHz. Granted, it’s a bit lower by today’s standards, but this may be a move to squeeze more battery life out of the device. It also looks like the device will run Android 4.1.2. Since it’s only a benchmark leak, we obviously can’t tell much more other than what was revealed in the actual benchmark, but we’ll let you know as we learn more.

 

source:  GL Benchmark

 

 

 


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Sprint may be considering counter offer for MetroPCS

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Following yesterday's news that T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS would be officially commencing a reverse takeover (where the smaller company takes over the larger), we're hearing today that the deal may be getting even more interesting. Sprint, which had plans to buy MetroPCS previously, may be considering offering a higher amount for the company than what is currently agreed upon between T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

If you'll recall back to Sprint's first attempt to buy out MetroPCS for $8 billion, CEO Dan Hesse was reportedly hours away from closing the deal when it was overturned by the board of directors. Now that the threat of a combined T-Mobile / MetroPCS is all too real, Sprint may be more motivated to keep these two apart this time around.

Source: BusinessWeek

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HTC shows off early One X+ design sketches

The HTC One X+ may look identical to the original One X in nearly every way, but that doesn’t mean the team behind the phone didn’t go back to the drawing board — literally — when creating the updated version of the phone. The design team at HTC took the opportunity to refine what made the One X such a beautiful handset while managing to cram in an larger battery other modified internals. The result is a phone that HTC hopes is as pleasing to the hand as it is to they eye. That’s not even mentioning the powerful new 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor inside. Check out the full look at the link below.

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LG Makes The Optimus Vu II Official – 2GB RAM, Bigger Battery On Board

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The LG Optimus Vu, which launched on Verizon as the LG Intuition with Verizon earlier this month, was undoubtedly a strange device. Taking a page from Samsung’s – ahem – note book, LG created the Vu for the phablet market, but decided to go with a somewhat awkward 4:3 aspect ratio, adding to the device’s laundry list of quirks.

Well, the Korean manufacturer has just officially announced the Vu’s successor – the Optimus Vu II. While it’s a bit surprising to see a follow-up on the Vu this soon, the device looks alright on paper, and offers a few key spec improvements over its older counterpart.

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Barnes & Noble To Debut NOOK Video Store – Viacom, Warner, HBO And More On Board As Launch Partners

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Going where no book store has gone before (as far as I’m aware), Barnes & Noble announced that it’s launching a movie streaming and download service today called NOOK Video. The storefront will offer streaming options from a variety of content partners like Viacom, Warner Bros, HBO, and others. B&N also plans to launch a companion app for the service, which will presumably be available on a variety of Android phones and tablets, as well as the company’s Android-powered NOOK tablets.

There’s no indication that any of these titles will be rentable, though, and the initial list of partners includes only four of the “big six” movie studios here in the US (Universal and Fox are not listed).

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Button Board iPad Game Makes Learning Colours Fun for Preschoolers

Button Board  
Developer: Mediakitchen Limited  
Price: free   Download

Game development studio, Mediakitchen today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Button Board 1.0, a new iPad game aimed at kids as young as one year old. An important developmental skill for preschoolers is the ability to identify and name colours. Button Board is a fun and that introduces colours through creative play.

Button Board offers the child a selection of bright and colourful pictures and a tray of coloured buttons. Each picture has a number of holes that the child must fill using a matching coloured button. Feedback on the child’s attempts at matching the colours is provided via sound effects as well as the use of fun smiley faces and frowns on the buttons. There is an option to hear the name of the colour when the child clicks a button. There is also a Free Play mode that allows the child to just design their own creations using 8 different coloured buttons.

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The Charm of Real Board Games is back with Keywests Game Puzzle Words

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Developer: Olga Leonteva  
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Game Development Division of Keywest Brings Back the Charm of Real Board Games with their Just Released Word Game, ‘Puzzle Words’. A unique word named ‘Puzzle Words’ has just been released by the mobile development section of Keywest. This amazing offers an excellent combination of 15 and word collecting to provide the thrills of a fast paced, and competitive gaming experience.

The online gaming community around the world is abuzz with the recent release of ‘Puzzle Words’, an exciting , developed by the game development division of Keywest. This game is the first of its kind and is an exhilarating mix of a word collecting game and a 15 puzzle. ‘The Puzzle’ has been developed with the utmost care to recreate the feeling of playing a real board game. All the elements of the game have been developed accordingly, to provide an experience of real materials with the help of top class graphics and sound.

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Thursday Poll: Interested in Any of the New Kindle Devices?

It’s been a big day for tablet lovers. Amazon has announced a total of six new Kindle devices and we’re curious to see if anyone here is going to pick one up. The options are certainly all over the board and there’s bound to be one to suit the needs of anybody looking to jump into the [...]

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22 percent of Android devices now running 4.0 and above

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The latest Android platform numbers have just been released on the Android Developers site, showing devices running Android 4.0 and above now making up a 22.1 percent share of the Android market. As expected, Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices still make up a majority of the market at 57.5 percent. All other versions under 2.3 now total up to a small but still noticeable 18.3 percent.

Most manufacturers have at least started pushing 4.0 updates to their handsets that launched on 2.3, and nearly all devices are coming to market with 4.0 or 4.1 on board now, which is a good sign. Seeing such a large majority of devices still on Android 2.3 and below really hurts when you know how great the experience on Android 4.0 and 4.1 is, and we can only hope that the share of devices running 4.0 and above can increase faster in the future.

You can see the full granular report of the latest Android numbers – including time series of the market, screen sizes and more – at the source link below.

Source: Android Developers

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Neuroshima Hex review – not your robo-mama’s board game

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Neuroshima Hex is a board game with a particularly unique sci-fi setting full of story, cyborgs, and strategy. It’s been on Android for a few months, but just recently enjoyed a much-needed stability update. The far future war game pits the scrappy armies of mankind against several factions, ranging from marauding mutants, well-equipped gangs, and the very mechanical menace that plunged the human race into anarchy hundreds of years ago.

The turn-based gameplay is a simple back-and-forth that’s punctuated by sparse (but dramatic combat), and a wide variety of units with special rules.

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Starbucks switches to Square for payments, invests $25 million and will support Pay with Square

While Square’s mobile payment processing platform has already picked up some major players in retail to go along with more than a million small businesses, its biggest shot in the arm to date is a new partnership with Starbucks. The chain will use Square to process credit card payments in nearly 7,000 US locations along with investing $25 million in the company, while Starbucks president, chairman and CEO Howard Shulz is joining its Board of Directors. Also notable for Square is that this fall Starbucks will be pushing features like its Pay with Square app that lets customers pay via iOS and Android apps, as well as the Square Directory of local businesses. In a letter, Square CEO Jack Dorsey pushed the platform as a way enhance local businesses and communities, but we’ll see how friendly your local coffeeshop employees are when a familiar green logo shares their payment processor.

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Photo Of Sprint’s Upcoming LG "Cayenne" LS860 QWERTY Slider Leaked, LTE And S4 Snapdragon On-Board

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We’ve already seen the LS860 in blurrycam previously, but this latest photo of the upcoming LTE-equipped QWERTY slider headed to Sprint is a lot easier on the eyes.

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According to @evleaks, the device is packing a dual-core MSM9860 Snapdragon S4 processor, so we can expect it to be pretty speedy. Android 4.0 is also present, but given LG’s track record with updates A 4″ WVGA display, though, is a bit of a letdown. WVGA, really LG? Even for a budget device, qHD has generally become the standard. Still, there’s obviously a small sliver of a market out there for QWERTY devices, and the internals on this one should provide some level of protection from hardware obsolescence.

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Sprint’s LTE network officially launched today

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Even though many users have been seeing it before now, today marks a momentous occasion for Sprint. Today, July 15, sees the official launch of their LTE network in Kansas City, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. 

We reported yesterday that various Android Central forums users have been seeing their LTE data light up ahead of time, and while speeds seem to be varying across the board, on the whole everyone seems pleased thus far. 

Let us know what kind of data speeds your seeing in the comments below, or head on over to the Android Central forums where the discussions are sure to carry on for some time yet. 

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Sources Say Facebook to Launch Job Posting Board

Developing news this morning that Facebook may be about to add a job feature to its site has left analysts pondering the potential negative implications for professional networking purveyor LinkedIn.

This latest development might not come as such a surprise as back in October Facebook announced a partnership with the U.S. Labour Department and other partners to provide job-hunting resources.  At the time, Facebook stated that ‘the partnership will explore and develop systems where new job postings can be delivered virally through the Facebook site at no charge.’

It is expected that some will see the latest move as an extension of this partnership with the Labour Department and with unemployment so high and an upcoming election, this may help give positive exposure to Facebook.

So whilst this latest news doesn’t perhaps yet signal that Facebook is making a full blown entry into the job recruiting market, it’s clear to see a potential threat to other professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn, if Facebook pursues the project with progressive seriousness in the future.

Currently, at least three of the companies already working with Facebook, BranchOut, Jobvite and Work4Labs will be involved in the project, which some are speculating could be launched as soon as early August and would make things difficult for LinkedIn.

It’s interesting to note that whilst previously many job seekers have been reluctant to share information on Facebook and have considered it a liability when finding a job, many companies and corporate recruiters already use the social networking site to recruit new employees.  Several large companies have now adopted the use of Facebook career pages to attract suitable employees and recent graduates.

Victor Anthony from Topeka Capital Market’s is quoted as saying ‘We do view a career services business as a logical extension of the platform and an attract one, given that the $100 billion global career staffing market, per IDC, is largely offline.  However, whether Facebook is able to monetize this category in a meaningful way remains to be seen.  Several Facebook users we polled indicated a preference to keep their online social networking and professional networking activities completely separate, suggesting to us that LinkedIn could remain insulated near-term by actions by Facebook in this area.

This view was somewhat supported by Doug Anmuth of JP Morgan, stating ‘we believe many user will want to keep their social and professional profiles somewhat separate online’.

Mr Anmuth is quoted this morning as reiterating an overweight rating on shares of Facebook and a $45 price target, stating although the latest moves suggests lines are blurring between profession and personal social networking sites.

Mr Anmuth goes on to say there is also an overweight rating on LinkedIn shares and a $135 price target, though he concludes ‘we do not view it as a material threat to LinkedIn and we would view any material weakness as a good buying opportunity’. In conclusion, it would appear the view is that currently it is unlikely that the move by Facebook is an immediate threat to LinkedIn.

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DROID RAZR HD Stops by Nenamark for a Benchmark, Snapdragon S4 Processor on Board

The DROID RAZR HD appears to have stopped by Nenamark within the last few days to pop off a benchmark and give us a look at its specs. From this result, we can see that it indeed does have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. How can we tell? Because of the [...]

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Ice Cream Sandwich now on 7.1 percent of all Android smartphones

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Over the past little while we've started to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich make its way to quite a few devices and now Google has updated their latest Android platform version statistics to give us all a better look at the rate of adoption across the board. Gingerbread is still the run away leader here with a total of 65 percent but Ice Cream Sandwich has now reached 7.1 percent of Android smartphones out there. For some perspective, that's up from the 2.9 percent reported last month.

Source: Android Developers

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Samsung Galaxy S III for T-Mobile USA appears, looks unchanged from Euro versions

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By now, we've all got a good look at the Samsung Galaxy S III and know it will eventually be making its way to carriers across the U.S. The Verge though, has been slipped what appears to be the T-Mobile U.S. version. Aside from the T-Mobile badging, however, you'd never know this version from the European versions. It's a spitting image of the same one we crawled all over at the announcement in London a month ago.

And that's the weird part. Normally, U.S. carriers like to add their own swing onto devices (for better or worse). A button change here, a button change there. But if these images are accurate then T-Mobile — and quite possibly likely every other U.S. carrier — has left the Samsung Galaxy S III untouched and we'll see very little variation across the board. That folks, is a very good thing to have happen and hopefully a trend that will continue.

Source: The Verge

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Scotland Yard Released for iOS

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Developer: Ravensburger Digital GmbH
Price: $4.99
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User Ratings:
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Mister X is at it again. The world famous criminal has disappeared into the streets and alleys of London’s nightlife, and it’s up to the detectives of Scotland Yard to find him before he gets away yet again.

Scotland Yard was first released as a board game in 1983, where it went on to win a plethora of awards throughout both the US and Europe. The game, which has sold over 4 million copies since it’s release, has finally made its way onto iPhones and iPads the world over.

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iOS Users Are Improving Their Memories With Brain Boards for iPhone

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Developer: VIPS International Ltd
Price: $0.99
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Launched by VIPS International Ltd, Brain Boards for iPhone offers users a fun and challenging memory game that will test and improve short term memory retention capacity and brain co-ordination skills. Based on the scientific principle that the human brain can be trained for improved multitasking, better use of subconscious thinking and improved overall efficiency, Brain Boards challenges users with an increasingly difficult memory puzzle game that is easy-to-play and provides a brain workout and improved performance.

Suitable for users of all ages, including children, the rules of Brain Board are simple; numbers appear for a few seconds on a game board of 25 squares and players must remember the locations of these numbers in order to tap the squares in ascending numerical order once the board has been cleared. Despite sounding simple, this is a complex test of memory and co-ordination that will test all users regardless of their IQ and current brain performance levels.

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Google Offers updated with more partners, smoother navigation

A small update is available for Google Offers over in the Google Play Store. The deals service has slowly been growing its stock of available offers, and the latest version of its Android app comes at a time when more and more partners are coming on board. In terms of actual changes to the Offers app for Android, performance has been tweaked to provide smoother app navigation. The latest update can be found by following the helpful link below.

Google Play Link: Google Offers


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Sprint brings carrier billing for books, movies, and music

Up until recently, the Google Play Store only supported carrier billing for applications and games. When Google added music, movies, and books to the Play Store they didn’t bring that functionality over. They finally announced its development last month, but no carriers were on board with carrier billing with those pieces of media.

That changes today, though, as Google announced on Google+ that Sprint has become one of the first carriers to sport the functionality. It’s no surprise they are the first considering their longstanding and fruitful relationship with Google.

They were the first (and are still the only) to bring Google Wallet, and they were the first (and are still the only) to bring Google Voice carrier integration.

We’re sure AT&T and T-Mobile will jump on board for widespread carrier billing before too long, but for now Sprint customers are an exclusive crowd of those who can get anything the Google Play Store has to offer without having to pay for it until they pay for their monthly bill.


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