#1 - Google wallet has my credit card #2 - My phone has a pin code #3 - Android market in my phone has "PIN required for my purchases" (you set it in Android market settings) and the PIN is different than my unlock phone PIN in #2 #4 - If I was to lose my phone, I would go to Google gmail and change my gmail password (for even more security you can turn on 2-step verification where you always have to enter a code that is send via SMS, voice call, app, or printable codes, before you can log in)
That alone will do it. But if you so want, you can also login to google wallet ( google.com ) and remove, edit, change your credit card and also call your credit company and report it stolen.
However, I will only do that if physically my credit card was stolen/lost. Because changing your gmail password is enough for whomever found/stole your phone, to not get access to your account. And Remember, you have the two PINs as added protection on top of that. And a 2-step verification if you are going to extremes.
All in all, I feel extremely safe letting Google handle my purchases. A hell of a lot safer than Amazon or Apple.
Twitter for Android has gotten yet another update. This one’s another overhaul in both design and functionality. Four tabs bring all that Twitter has to offer – Home, Connect, Discover and Me. Home is just your streaming timeline of incoming tweets.
Connect is where you can find not only your mentions, but notifications about new followers, retweets and direct messages. Discover is where you find the ever-so-popular trending topics, the search function and a place to get suggestions for new accounts to follow.
Finally, the Me tab is pretty much your profile. Update your photo, your information, see who you’re following and who’s following you, manage lists, privacy and more are all possible under this tab.
It really simplifies the mobile experience and it’s about as aesthetically pleasing as the Twitter application has ever been. You can find the update in the Android market (the web Market is not showing the update yet but it’s there).
Google Updates Image Search for Tablet with ‘Carousel’ View (VIDEO - click link) by Kevin Krause on December 8th, 2011 at 12:00 pm Google has tweaked the code for their image search when accessed by a tablet. Search results are now displayed as larger image files in a carousel view, accessed by tapping on an image result and swiping left or right to navigate to surrounding entries. Images load as you scroll, eliminating the need to navigate through pages and pages of results to find the one you are looking for.
No special update is needed to access the new version of image search. Simply access the site from your tablet’s browser. It work for both Android devices and the iPad.
AWESOME...Google Currents for Android Now Available (VIDEO - click link) phandroid.com by Quentyn Kennemer on December 8th, 2011 at 3:44 pm
It seems that aggregating content and delivering it in magazine form is becoming a trend. With Livestand by Yahoo and Editions by AOL captivating users with beautifully laid out content, Google wants to get in on the fun. They’ve introduced Currents for Android tablets and phones. Alongside the news Google will pull from Google News to bring users articles they care for, users can also pull from RSS feeds, video and photo steams, Google+ streams and add their Google Reader account to pull articles from there. Publishers can optimize their content for Current and Google provides an easy way to get your text onto readers’ tablets. It’s an interesting genre of apps (one that I’ve been personally enjoying on my tablet with Editions) and we’re glad to see Google trying their hand at it. Grab it from the Android market. [ Google]
New Google+ Update Now Available by Quentyn Kennemer on December 8th, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Google has released a pretty decent update to Google+ in the Android market. In this new version we’re being given the ability to +1 photos and comments, search, upload high resolution photos, see who’s online and currently typing in messenger conversations, be taken to someone’s profile inside of the app when clicking a link and more. Take a look at the full list of changes below and grab your update here.
Search+1 photos+1 commentsHigh resolution photo upload supportSee if someone’s online and currently typing in Messenger conversationsStart Messenger conversations by just entering a phone numberLinks to posts or profiles can now open inside of the appInstant Upload supports videos againSeveral stability improvements and bug fixes
While US residents continue to wait for Verizon to get their act together and announce a release date, Canadian carriers Bell and Virgin Mobile now have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for sale. The phone is available for $159 on a three-year contract from both carriers or can be purchased outright for $649.99. The handset will be available on Rogers and Telus early next year.