FORTUNE -- At yesterday's Google Wallet/Offers launch event in New York, Google (GOOG) laid out a very compelling case for using NFC-enabled Android phones to make payments at physical merchants. The company trotted out launch partners including the Container Store, Subway, American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Walgreens (WAG). On the backend, Google has enlisted heavy hitters MasterCard (MA), Citi (C) and First Data to manage the money and data flow. And Google's Wallet will also work at the thousands of existing Mastercard PayPass locations nationwide.Stephanie Tilenius, Google's VP of Commerce. Image Credit Seth Weintraub
New York and San Francisco will be the testing grounds for the new technology.
According to a Bloomberg report today, Google (GOOG) will be testing its Near Field Communications (NFC) payment systems in the next four months, in the New York and San Fransisco areas. NFC payment systems aren't new. They've been deployed in Japan and other markets for almost a decade.
Google will pay for installation of thousands of special cash-register MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 15, 2011 10:40 AM ET
Well, duh. Wonder why?
At the moment, you cannot buy an AT&T (T) Android phone with an OS that is under a year old. Think about that for a second. As far as 2010 Android OS's, AT&T wasn't interested. Android 2.1 was released in January of last year. Android 2.2 came in May and Android 2.3 was released last month.
At the top of AT&T's current lineup, Dell's (DELL) Streak, Samsung's MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 27, 2011 9:57 PM ET
Leaked images reveal details about the Google tablet's launch.
Whether or not Motorola's (MOT) Xoom is the official Google (GOOG) Tablet in the way the Nexus One and Nexus S are official Google phones is uncertain. However, when Google has shown of Android on a tablet, they've shown off the Xoom, both at Dive into Mobile and CES.
It is pretty clear Xoom is Google's go-to Android 3.0 tablet, though Toshiba and MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 23, 2011 3:08 PM ET
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Next week, Facebook, which is on track to reach sales of $2 billion this year, will release a new facial recognition feature called Tag Suggestions that automatically suggests who users should tag in photos. Whenever users choose to tag people in their photos, Tag Suggestions will step in and offer up suggestions about who the friends in MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 16, 2010 8:17 AM ET
One of the worst kept secrets of late, the Nexus S brings Android 2.3 to market and will be carried by Google online and at Best Buy starting on December 15th.
After months of speculation and teasing, it is now official: The Nexus S is the next "Google Phone." Samsung today sent out a press release laying out the specs of the new device and its release window.
The Nexus S MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 6, 2010 11:38 AM ET
Eric Schmidt showed off some new features of Samsung's Nexus S Smartphone today at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Conference today.
It looks like a big differentiator in Android 2.3, Gingerbread will be the support for Near Field Communications (NFC). Conveniently, the Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung will carry the hardware to be able to use the new software and allow developers to build applications like electronic payment systems into MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 15, 2010 10:16 PM ET
The Nexus One successor Google phone briefly appeared on the Best Buy website this morning for T-Mobile's network.
UPDATE: It looks like Best Buy accidentally pictured it as well, below.
The Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)-powered Google phone briefly appeared on the Best Buy website today, all but confirming its existence and hopeful availability for the holidays. Best Buy quickly pulled the references to the Nexus S but not before it could be scooped up by MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 11, 2010 10:25 AM ET
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