Canada Tops Worlds Most Cashless Countries

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The world is changing. It is a brave new world out there.
One thing that will change radically in the few years will be how to conduct transactions with each other.
That include payments and if you have been the news lately, you know that cashless payments, which includes credit card payments, contactless payments, mobile banking apps and block-chain tractions which cryptocurrencies is part of, is the future.

In this report, ForexBonuses looked at 20 of the world’s top economies and their payment habits.

And surprisingly, Canada tops the list of countries going all digital with 50% of Canadians getting ready to rid themselves of banknotes and coins.

What about the United States?

The news is not all that encouraging as fear, still dominates everything.

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Google Announces Android Instant Apps For Better User & Developer Experience

Android Instant App

Google have been working hard to improve Android developer’s experience of building instant apps.

In line with this goal, the company just announced the availability of the Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1 with some highly-requested features such as improved NDK support, configuration APKs for binary size reduction, and a new API to maintain user’s context when they transition from an instant app to the installed app.

As a developer, Android Instant Apps allows Android users to run your apps instantly, without installation. Android users experience what they love about apps—fast and beautiful user interfaces, high performance, and great capabilities—with just a tap.

Configuration APKs allow developers to isolate device-specific resources and native libraries into independent APKs. For an application that uses configuration APKs, the Android Instant Apps framework will only load the resources and native libraries relevant to the user’s device, thereby reducing the total size of the instant app on the device.

Setting up configuration APKs for your app is a simple change to your gradle setup. Just follow the steps in our public documentation.

To extract the internal storage of the instant app, installed apps can now call InstantAppsClient.getInstantAppData() using the Instant Apps Google Play Services API and get a ZIP file of the instant app’s internal storage.

You can check out sample code and documentation for more details on how to use this API.

Google Rolling Out Video Calls To Android Devices

Android Video Call

Google want to make it even easier for you to start a video call from your Android device thus will be rolling out integrated video calling to first-generation Pixel, Android One, Nexus devices, and the new Pixel 2 phones.

Mountain View is working with its own carrier and device partners to bring this experience to more Android devices over time. If you and the person you’re video calling are on a carrier that supports ViLTE video calling, your video calls will be routed through the carrier’s ViLTE service. If not, Google Duo will connect your video call to anyone with the app installed.

Android Pay and Apple Pay Lands At Myer

Launching the card in October 2017, Myer is the first Australian retailer to provide Android Pay and Apple Pay on a Visa card in Australia.

The card, issued by Macquarie Bank and powered by Visa payment technology, allows Myer customers to access their card from their smart phone’s digital wallet and when combined with the Myer Credit Card App, access a range of security features and clever budgeting tools, designed to make it easy for customers to confidently track and manage their spend.

The card’s intuitive online application process allows approved customers who meet specific criteria to upload their digital card securely to their mobile device. Once the digital card is uploaded, the customer can access some of the card’s key benefits immediately where Android Pay and Apple Pay facilities are available.