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Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5: a recap of the day’s event

After all the leaks, pictures, bluffs and fibs, Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5 are official. Released via the Google blog, the Android scene quickly ramped into an all-out frenzy over the newest flagship device and Android iteration from Google. With so much to take in, let’s recap the days events as they relate to all things Google.

Nexus 5 orders begin shipping hours after launch

Standing in almost pointed difference from the debacle last year, the Play Store has handled the crush of Nexus 5 orders remarkably well. Thought the device sold out in about 30 minutes, some orders have started going out already! That’s right, orders which we’re placed mere hours ago have begun leaving the Play Store warehouse, bound for destinations unknown (to us).

Android 4.4 brings changes to Google Wallet

With the changes made to Google Wallet recently, and the change made to the NFC hardware in the Nexus 7, many wondered just how Google planned to move forward. Would they simply get rid of Wallet, change it drastically, or try and forge a new path. The answer still isn’t entirely clear, but with Android 4.4, we get a few more clues as to the future of Google’s payment system.

Google Wallet may change with Android 4.4, Nexus 5 hardware

Google Wallet has had its share of troubles. First carriers refused to include it, citing security concerns. Payment centers were hard to come by as well, with many point-of-sale terminals supporting NFC payments, but not Wallet. Now there is news that with the update to Android, Google Wallet may be shifting gears, or disappearing altogether.

Google Wallet app update shifts focus from NFC-based payments

A new Google Wallet app has been announced this morning and it said to be coming to "all" Android phones. Well, all Android handsets that are located in the US and running Android 2.3 or later. Anyway, this updated Wallet app will see a focus on rewards cards, offers and being able to send money to others. Google Wallet will also still be able to make payments at retail locations, however this functionality will still be limited to approved devices.

PayPal Android app update brings a new mobile wallet experience

PayPal has rolled-out the latest update for their Android app. The updated app brings mobile-wallet features and can be found in the Google Play Store. While we have seen some activity in the mobile-wallet space, it seems this has yet to really catch on for many consumers. With that in mind, this PayPal update adds a bit more than simply being able to walk in and pay with an app.
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