Apple Pay is getting so big it will reach federal institutions. Meanwhile, Google is shutting down Helpouts and trying to get Android One users some free data.
Apple Pay is growing strong very fast. It left the competition in the dust in only a fraction of the time, with a plethora of partners and support. Their latest partner may be the most impressive, though – the US government.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the White House summit on cybersecurity and personal privacy, where he announced Apple pay would come to federal institutions come September. This will include being able to pay admission to federal parks and other similar transactions.
Opinion: This is huge, guys. This means Apple Pay has breached the border and stepped outside the private sector. This is no longer about just paying for your slurpee at 7-11. Apple Pay is reaching a whole other level, and they are working with the government to implement their services even deeper into the system.
Helpouts had a good run since its 2013 launch, but not every service gets to stay in the Google family. Some jsut don’t make it, and Google Helpouts seems to be on its way to becoming one of Mountainview’s fallen projects.
The Search Giant has announced Google Helpouts will be shutting down come April 20th. You can take your history then, by simply using Google Takeout. All this information will stay in Google’s servers until November 1st, so you have some time.
Opinion: I don’t know many users who actually took advantage of this service. Not even the early adopters in the industry used it, so it makes sense that it’s dying. It sure seemed like a great idea.
Android One aims to bring smart technology at affordable prices to emerging markets. It’s an honorable idea, but we know not many techies will be interested. These phones are usually under-powered and come with a hefty list of downsides. How can Google lure more users into joining the movement?
If the latest rumor from The Information is to be believed, Google is in talks with carriers and developers, aiming to bring free data to Android One users when these bits are being transmitted through certain apps. This is known as “zero rating” applications, a process in which data used by specific apps doesn’t count against data usage.
Opinion: This would be a pretty enticing move. I believe it would entice many users to switch over to Android One. Hell, I know a lot of people here in the USA that would gladly ditch their powerful phones for something like this.