NFC in smartphones is a very promising and exciting technology. Yet it’s unfortunate that the feature is not gaining a lot of traction here in Malaysia. In any case, more and more devices release this year will come equipped with NFC and like it or not, operators will have to pay attention and start offering compelling service propositions for consumers who are obviously ready and eager to adopt the technology.
While we wait for that faithful day when we can start using our NFC-equipped smartphones as cinema tickets or Touch n’ Go cards, here’s a comparison video we made comparing the rather rudimentary implementation of NFC on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the more integrated approach in Ice Cream Sandwich through Android Beam.
What are your thoughts on NFC? We think local operators, banks and payment services are taking way too long to take advantage of this massive potential.
It’s official, the Samsung Galaxy S will be getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Samsung Mobile Finland confirms that the roll-out of the upgrade will begin mid of April starting from Europe, so we can expect the update to be available for Galaxy S users in Malaysia sometime early May. This is of course assuming Samsung stays firm on the release date. Fingers crossed!
Well it turns out you might not have to so says the Android engineers via Twitter.
Though, we’ll be quick to point out that there is no indication of what kind of functionality, or responsiveness for that matter, that you’ll get if you want to run Gingerbread on an older device. And then there’s the issue of fragmentation — as is when will the Gingerbread update be made available for your Android device.
We know that a Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S is coming but there’s no indication on when it will arrive. So you see, even if you can run Gingerbread on the older devices, you’d still have that long wait till it is available.
The Nexus S is probably the most talked about Android device in the world right now and for good reason. The Nexus One changed the game for Android and paved the way for the domination that open source mobile platform is enjoying today.
In many ways the Nexus One is a legendary device and like all legends, its successor has all the work cut out to at the very least live up to the name. Does the Nexus S cut the mustard? Well for us it’s too early to tell but here are some of the early reviews from those who have received seeding units of the Nexus S compiled by the people from Android and Me.
As you’ll see, just like the Nexus one, the Nexus S is getting a mixed bag of opinions from the reviewers and that’s expected. The thing that’s left to known is if the Nexus S will change the game as much as the Nexus One did before it. That is a question that only time can answer.
In the meantime, head on over to after the jump for the review roundup.
Samsung Mobile India confirmed via its Twitter account that the Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 (Gingerbread not Gingerbeard :P) BUT there’s no set date for the update release, so that’s a bit pointless.
The good thing is, since the statement came out from India, it is very likely that Asian Galaxy S users will get the update as well.