Today, Google officially updated its Play Store support page, to notify consumers that it will soon be launching its Google Play gift cards in Japan with ¥1500 ($15), ¥3,000 ($29), ¥5,000 ($49), ¥10,000 ($97), ¥15,000 ($146) and astonishingly ¥20,000 ($195) denominations.
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Buying a high-end smartphone isn’t easy, because there are so many to choose from, but that decision becomes even more difficult if you want a high-end smartphone in a small package; almost all of them now come with displays at least 5 inches big.
But not anymore, thanks to the Sony Xperia Z1f. It combines high-end specifications with a 4.3-inch display to provide a cutting-edge device that easy to operate with one hand and hardly noticeable in your pocket.
Samsung’s Galaxy J, a 5-inch smartphone with a 1080p display that has been exclusive to Japan, is officially coming to Taiwan. The device will be available in red and white from mid-December, but there’s still no word on whether it will be coming to the U.S. or Europe.
Late last night, Google officially announced the expanding availability of its Google Search service, Google Now to include an additional 3 new languages, Japanese, German and French. Obviously, you’ll need the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device to use the service, but once that’s done you’ll be able to ask questions in these three newly implemented languages, as well as English and receive spoken results.
Samsung Galaxy S4 users on NTT DoCoMo in Japan will begin to receive their Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update later this month. The update will add a number of new features and TouchWiz improvements, including support for the Galaxy Gear.
Samsung’s working on a new high-end smartphone for Japan called the Galaxy J, and it has just been leaked ahead of its official debut. The device looks a lot like the Galaxy Note II, but it has a smaller 5-inch display. Don’t assume it’s a cheaper version, though — it also has a faster Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a dust- and water-resistant design.
Sony has published a press release stating that its Xperia SP will be launching in Canada this summer; this announcement comes just 24-hours after the Japanese manufacturer announced that its Xperia Z will debut in Canada as a Bell exclusive. The SP will be available to purchase on Rogers, Fido and Virgin, and surprising there has been no mention of Bell.
Google has launched a new Android app called One Today that allows users to donate money to nonprofit organizations. The service displays information about a different nonprofit every day, and you can choose whether or not you’d like to support the project by donating a dollar.
Sharp has this morning announced a ¥10.4 billion ($112 million) investment from Samsung that will provide the latter with a 3% stake in the company. It makes Samsung the biggest individual shareholder in the Japanese display maker, and secures its access to Sharp’s LCD panel supplies.
The investment comes at a time when Sharp has been struggling. The company received a $4.4 billion bailout from the banks in October 2012, and its iPad display orders from Apple were recently cut as consumer demand shifted to the smaller iPad mini, which Sharp is not involved with.
It takes no more than about 30 seconds to run a cloth over your smartphone or tablet display and free it from greasy fingerprints. But if you’re just too darn lazy to do that, check out this tiny little autonomous robot that does it for you. From Takara Tomy, the Automee-S is a 2.75-inch Roomba-like device that (slowly) makes its way around your smartphone or tablet display and gives it a good clean.