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Google Offers is Now Live in Portland Oregon

Google Offers has entered Google's favorite development stage. Offers beta began today in Portland Oregon, featuring a deal for "$3 for $10 worth of drinks, pastries and treats" at the local chain Floyd's Coffee shop. The ambitious program, which maybe not so subtly attempts to go toe-to-toe with Groupon, gives users special "offers" at a local store during a certain time period, and according to the new beta site, on a first come, first 2,000 served (for this deal at least).

Android Community Weekly : May 28, 2011

Welcome back to Android Community Weekly! Early this past Monday, details of the HTC Holiday headed for AT&T emerged. Much like the EVO 3D, it is said to sport a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor as well as a qHD display (and just like the Samsung Infuse, it is said to span 4.5”). Also launched this week was AppTap Ads to aid in advertising applications for developers. It will give users an easy to use ad buying tool to track their targeted ads across the net.

Special Stickers will bring Google Wallet to older Android Phones lacking NFC

For those that might have somehow missed all the announcements today about Google Wallet and Google Offers you can see all of our coverage on that by clicking here. Google is rolling out a NFC system that they hope will revolutionize the way we purchase things in stores, and online. Hit up the coverage above for all the details and information. Google Wallet will be launching later this summer and you can simply tap your phone to terminals to buy things, save for later and more. Neat stuff is coming but what about those with older phones lacking NFC, they have you covered.

Google Wallet to be open for all Merchants and Businesses [video]

If you haven't noticed all the Google Wallet talk this morning you can see some of our coverage here. Today in NYC Google held an event all about NFC and Google Wallet and we covered all the details in the above link. Today Google said that the Wallet and system will be available for all merchants and businesses and no one will be left out. Merchants are excited about the future and we have the video below for your viewing pleasure.

Google Wallet Demo shown on Nexus S 4G

Google Wallet looks to bring some exciting changes to the way we all purchase items online, and in person. The steps for Google Wallet setup are quite simple, says Google on May the 26th in New York: Attach your Wallet, Enter your Pin, Add your Credit Card, and lock. We originally mentioned Google Wallet this morning and you can read that here. For even more details about Google Wallet check out this post. They have demoed Google Wallet today on Sprint's Nexus S 4G.

Google Wallet and Google Offers NFC Projects Officially Announced by Google

It is now official and Google has just announced not only Google Wallet, but also Google Offers. The new NFC payment system will be kicking off today for select beta testers in San Fransisco, and NYC with more cities coming soon and will officially launch nationally this summer. Google also mentioned it will work with the existing Mastercard Paypass.

Google Wallet NFC Payment System Launching Today

Today Google will be announcing their new NFC Payment system being called Google Wallet, the event will be starting soon so stay tuned right to AndroidCommunity for all the latest details and news. Apparently a site called The Container Store spilled the beans a little early as to what was going to be announced today at Google's NYC Event and that is NFC and Google Wallet.

NFC-Laden Nexus S 4G to Get Some Action

Did you know that the Nexus S (both in its original form and its newer 4G state on Sprint) is fully ready to work with NFC mobile payments? Google knows, they built it. Sprint knows, they're apparently working on a deal with Google right this second to release a mobile payments service on the 26th of May, 2011. This service will, if it's real, be available for US customers of Sprint Nextel, so says "three people familiar with the matter" to Bloomberg. Three's better than one, right?

Samsung Execs Reveal Future Plans

A meeting last night held by Samsung executives held some gems in the form of potential new Android devices over the next year. The meeting, which was specifically to discuss ways that Samsung will be going after Apple's market share, was not an explicitly Android event, so we can't be absolutely sure that these will be Android devices, but the chances are good and there were some exciting things to be heard.

Samsung confirms Galaxy S II NFC version for UK in June

Samsung is apparently preparing to bring the NFC-enabled version of the Galaxy S II to the UK next month, having initially launched the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone in its non-NFC form. The decision was apparently confirmed by two Samsung support staff, who told one would-be GSII customer that "the NFC [model] would be launched in the UK by June." However, they also confirmed that Samsung has no plans to launch the 32GB version of the GSII in the UK, despite the higher-capacity model being available in other regions. Instead, the UK will be stuck with the 16GB model only, though of course that can be expanded using up to 32GB microSD cards. It's unclear if the NFC decision means that there will be two versions of the Galaxy S II co-existing in the UK market - some NFC-enabled, others not - or if the updated model will replace the original. That could frustrate early-adopters, however, who will see those coming later to the GSII game picking up a handset eventually capable of wireless payments and other talents. [via Mobot]
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