Google has surprised us all by letting an online payment competitor into the Play Store! We also have some great devices from Lenovo and Sony to keep your mobile urges fulfilled, so keep reading to find out about the hottest news this afternoon.
You know a company is open-minded when they start letting competitors into their services. Such is the case with Google’s latest move: allowing customers to pay for Play Store goods with PayPal.
This feature is only available in 12 countries for now, including the USA, Germany and Canada. Of course, there is not much to be done to use this feature. You simply follow the same steps to make a purchase and it will show up as one of the payment options upon checkout.
Google has also expanded its other payment options to more markets. Seven new countries now support carrier billing. Among them is Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. In addition, Google Play gift cared are also now available in a total of 13 countries.
Opinion: Not bad at all, Google! I like having all these different options for making purchases. Google Wallet worked, but let’s face it – it’s not the most popular service around.
After a good deal of handsome leaks, Lenovo has decided to throw the veils away and show us what the ThinkPad 10 is all about. This 10-inch tablet will take care of all your computing needs with great specs and a fair price. It is good-looking, powerful, productive and fun.
With Windows 8 on board, it can handle any application you throw at it. And if its specs are something to go by, it will handle them pretty well. Inside this professional-looking tablet you will find a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and 4 GB of RAM.
The 10.1-inch screen is no slouch with a 1920x1200p resolution. To make things better, this tablet offers 128 GB of internal storage and a handy digitizer pen. All of this can be yours for $599 this June. There will also be a “Touch Case” keyboard, a dock and other cases available.
Opinion: I fell in love with the ThinkPad 8 at CES 2014. The little tablet offered a full computer’s functionality at a reasonable price. It also helped that it looked very good and was well-built. Truly, it was a tablet I could be proud to carry around, and the ThinkPad 10 only improves upon it.
Sony has awarded its home country with a new device. This is no ordinary phone – like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, this model caters to those who like powerful smartphones but don’t want to have a huge screen. Such devices are rare, so Sony’s options are like an oasis in a desert.
Don’t be fooled by the Xperia A2’s modest 4.3-inch 720p display. The device comes with a powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 20.7MP/2.2MP cameras, and a 2300 mAh battery. If that wasn’t enough, you also get IP55/IP58 certification for water and dust resistance.
We are not sure about global availability just yet, but the Xperia A2 can be purchased for NTT Docomo’s network in Japan. It’s now available for pre-order and will launch in June.
Opinion: I have never been a big fan of the “Mini” smartphones. They may offer a nice look that resembles their bigger brothers, but they sacrifice in specs. This makes them a mid-end, cheap option instead of a smaller, yet capable one. I would love to see this device coming to other markets. Possibly as the Sony Zperia Z2 Compact? We will see!