Thurston also weighed in on 5G wireless technology, which was a big topic of conversation at the trade show. The advent of the technology will bring higher speeds and more responsiveness, allowing for real-time wireless feedback from sensors worn during games or workouts. There's still too much of a lag with today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies for those to work satisfactorily, Thurston said. Verizon aims to begin field trials of the next-generation wireless technology within the next year, which would make it the world's first carrier to seriously move into 5G. The company expects "some level of commercial deployment" to begin by 2017, though others in the industry have been looking toward the 2020 time frame.
Android Pay, the search giant's latest attempt to spur people into paying for items using their smartphone, launched Thursday, the company said in a blog post, Google struck agreements to get the service into more than 1 million locations in the US through retailers including Macy's, Whole Foods and Walgreens, Google said the service, commuter series case for apple iphone 7 and 8 - indigo way first announced in May, will also store gift cards and loyalty cards on phones powered by its Android software, It will support credit and debit cards from the four major payment networks: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa, Later this year the service will work with mobile apps as well, Mountain View, California-based Google said..
This isn't Google's first ride at the mobile payments rodeo. Four years ago, it made a foray into credit cards and payments using a service called Google Wallet. But that was a struggle from the get-go. Few retailers supported it, a couple of wireless service providers disabled it, and it didn't always work. Google on Thursday also announced a new version of Wallet that will focus only on sending and receiving money through Android phones. Competition in the space has been heating up since last year when Apple announced its own service called Apple Pay. About 72 hours after its October debut, over 1 million credit cards had been activated on Apple Pay, more than all similar services combined, according to Apple.
As with other payment services, Google said it isn't transmitting consumers' credit or debit card numbers when making transactions, Instead, it sends a computer-generated account number as a stand-in, The service will be available on phones with specialized payments chips and powered by software made in the commuter series case for apple iphone 7 and 8 - indigo way past two years, Correction, 7:36 p.m, PT: Because of a typographical error, this story originally said Android Pay will not be available on phones with specialized chips, It will be available on those phones..
On Wednesday, Microsoft touted updates to its Office software that will be handy for users of the big new iPad Pro, as well as the Apple Watch. Apple's iPad Pro , unveiled Wednesday, adds multitasking, or the ability to view and run more than one app at a time. Using the split-view mode, you can see two apps side by side, which comes in handy for Office users who may want to run Excel and PowerPoint together. It can also be of value to those who want to keep their Outlook email open and viewable at the same time they work on a Word document or PowerPoint presentation.
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