Google to stop accepting payments for Argentine developers from June 27, apps to be pulled from July 27.
Android developers based in Argentine have received notice from Google that it'll no longer be able to accept payments for them from June 27. A letter from Google to devs, obtained by South American phone site Celularis, indicates that the changes apply to both paid apps and in-app purchases. The Verge points out that the change is likely due to tough new restrictions on currency exchanges recently imposed by the Argentine government. But Celularis notes that despite the changes to Google Play, Google AdSense for mobile continues to operate in the country.
The letter from Google states that it'll stop accepting payments on behalf of Argentine developers from June 27. Paid apps and in-app items from these devs will be pulled a month later, starting July 27, following final payments on July 22. One solution for Argentina-based app developers is to move their account to another country where they're able to legally do business, an option Google itself suggests in its email to developers.
Google states that it hopes to restore payouts to developers based in Argentina in the future, but that "no specific plans are in place at the moment."
When few (if any) web browsers do everything well, many of us have more than one client just to cover all the bases. The GO Launcher Dev Team’s just-launched Next Browser for Android tries to solve this in the simplest way possible: it cherry picks features from established rivals. Sharing extensions from Dolphin? Check. Chrome’s frequently visited pages? Check. Speed Dial from Opera? Check. There’s even a Flipboard-style RSS reader. As there’s also bookmark syncing and voice search, Next Browser is theoretically the only client that Android users could want. How well that pastiche works is another matter, but those who’ve been pining for an all-encompassing browser can give the new app a try at the source link.
As you can see in the following video, only the camera app is shown (unfortunately), with the person recording the video not revealing other Android 4.3 features, although he or she clearly had access to the device. Not to mention that the video is recorded in portrait mode rather than landscape, but we’ll end our complaining there.
The video is pretty consistent with the images offered before and reveals that the button layout of the camera app has been redesigned to allow easy access to settings with just the thumb, without worrying about unintentionally pressing the wrong buttons.
Interestingly, a countdown timer feature is apparently available in the camera app on Android 4.3.
It’s still not clear why this particular Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 has shown up at Thailand Mobile Expo, and we’re certainly looking forward for more details about this particular sighting.
Pictures showing a Nexus 4 handset running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean have hit the web suggesting that the next Android OS version may soon be launched.
As you can see in the image gallery below, several images have been snapped of this particular Nexus 4 model, and Android 4.3 is clearly shown. We’ve seen this particular Android version in various reports, not to mention our very own server logs. Since then, we speculated that Android 4.3 is a Jelly Bean version considering that the build numbers associated with Android 4.3 server log sightings all started with the letter J.
According to these images, the Android 4.3 build number on this Nexus 4 is JWR45B, which suggests again this is still a Jelly Bean version – but then again, one of the images clearly tells us that the handset is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, just check out that Easter Egg.
The pictures have been taken at Thailand Mobile Expo, but unfortunately there are no details about Android 4.3’s features at this time. One picture does show a changed camera menu, with buttons appearing around the shutter button.
Could these be some of the subtle changes to be found in Android 4.3?
Although we didn't get a big reveal of the next version of Android at Google I/O, some evidence is mounting that Android 4.3 could be the impending next version. According to pictures posted by a user at XDA, at a mobile expo in Thailand at least one Nexus 4 is being put on display running a purported build of Android 4.3 (JWR45B). Now we've seen plenty of faked "About phone" screens in our days, and that is a very real possibility in any of these types of leaks. But as the user poked around the phone to show a revamped camera UI, we tend to give this more credibility. The UI basically looks to be an expansion of the current long-press and swipe gestures found in Android 4.2, with multiple levels of settings that can be accessed — thankfully none of which can be hidden by your thumb anymore.
Aside from the slightly different numbering and a visual refresh of the camera, we're very light on details for this potentially upcoming release. Hang around after the break for a video of the device in action, with most of the time spent on the new camera UI.
A Mailbox Android app is in the works, according to company founder Gentry Underwood.
The app, which has generated quite a following, is currently available for the iPhone and (more recently) the iPad, and has been acquired by cloud storage giant Dropbox in March.
In a recent interview with ReadWrite, Underwood revealed one very interesting thing for us Android users: a Mailbox Android app is in the works. Still, mum’s the word when it comes to actually mentioning a release date for the new app, or some specific details.
ReadWrite, however, thinks that an Android app would be a success, and would manage to give Google’s Gmail app a run for its money right on its home turf. Fact is that Mailbox does make email management easier and more intuitive, by using gestures for various actions. You probably wouldn’t mind having more choices, even when it comes to your email app.
To find out more about Mailbox, check out the video below.
The rumors are true — HTC and Google will collaborate on a 'Nexus user experience' version of the HTC One
Ever since the Samsung Galaxy S4 “Google Edition” announcement at Google I/O last week, rumors have been circulating that HTC might follow suit with a vanilla version of its own flagship device. Recently, Russell Holly of Geek.com and Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo have chimed in with reports that such a device is on the way. Today we can confirm through our own sources that despite official denials, the “Google Edition” HTC One is indeed real, and will be announced in the next week or so.
Let's take a look at what we know, and what it could mean.