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Galaxy S II Cityzi lands in France

October 27th, 2011

The NFC version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone is now shipping in France. The Galaxy S II Cityzi  is available from Orange and can be had for as little as €79 on a two year contract or bought SIM free for €639 (US$894).

Comprion’s UT3 approved for SWP/HCI tests

October 26th, 2011

Mobile test equipment specialist Comprion’s UT3 platform for single wire protocol (SWP) and host controller interface (HCI) NFC conformance testing has been approved by the Global Certification Forum (GCF). The product is the first to… More

NFC Forum picks Broadcom for device certification testing

October 26th, 2011

The NFC Forum has chosen to use Broadcom‘s recently announced BCM2079x NFC controller chips to validate its NFC device certification test suite. The NFC Forum Certification Program, introduced in December 2010, provides device manufacturers with… More

PC app writes NFC tags

October 25th, 2011

NFC tag and equipment supplier has released a Windows application that enables the user to read and write basic NFC tags using a desktop computer. The US$75 Gototags software “is good for small run encoding and it’s the perfect solution for presentations and prototypes of NFC functionality,” says the firm.

Winckel launches range of NFC tags

October 24th, 2011

RFID tag manufacturer Waldemar Winckel has launched a portfolio of NFC-capable smart tags and labels under the Identytag brand, aimed at applications ranging from brand protection to mobile marketing to location-based services. The Identytag range… More

Kimtag releases dual NFC and QR code stickers

October 24th, 2011

NFC tag vendor Kimtag has launched a line of stickers containing both an NFC tag and a QR code. The stickers, called TwinConnect, are available in in both standard and window sticker formats and a… More

Windows phones to get NFC in 2012

October 20th, 2011

WP7 phones will be able to support NFC functionality, including mobile payments, from next year. More

Android Ice Cream Sandwich adds NFC P2P and biometric security

October 19th, 2011

Android 4.0 includes an NFC peer-to-peer sharing technology called Android Beam and a facial biometric technology called Face Unlock that replaces the need to enter a PIN to unlock a phone. More

Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus NFC phone

October 19th, 2011

The new NFC phone is designed to provide a “pure Google” experience, runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 4.65-inch display. More

Panasonic shows off NFC tablets

October 14th, 2011

Panasonic has announced a pair of ruggedised Android 3.2 ‘Honeycomb’ tablets designed for business use that will come with NFC as standard. The 7-inch BizPad is to be released in Japan in December, with a 10.1-inch version shipping in January 2012.

iDtronic offers phone stickers

October 13th, 2011

German RFID specialist iDtronic has launched a range of NFC stickers designed to be attached to the back of non-NFC phones. The flexible stickers, which feature a special layer to allow them to work when applied to a metal surface, can accommodate NXP contactless chips ranging from Mifare Ultralight through DesFire EV1 to SmartMX.

Nokia 603 will come with NFC

October 13th, 2011

The Finnish phone giant’s latest NFC handset, the Nokia 603, is designed to appeal to first time smartphone users. More

No NFC for iPhone 4S

October 4th, 2011

If there’s NFC inside the new iPhone announced today, Apple isn’t shouting about it. The iPhone 4S boasts an improved camera, a dual core A5 CPU and a voice-driven virtual assistant named Siri. But the nearest the company got to card emulation today is a new application that allows users to design and send greetings cards. Read more about the iPhone 4S at your favourite gadget blog.

SleepTrak NFC sleep monitoring service goes live

October 3rd, 2011

The innovative sleep disorder monitoring service is now available to T-Mobile USA subscribers equipped with a Nokia Astound NFC phone. More

ATI uses NFC to check temperature of foods and pharmaceuticals

September 30th, 2011

The company’s new solution is designed to enable standard NFC phones to be used instead of specialist equipment to monitor temperature-sensitive goods while they are in transit. More

Nokia offers developers low-cost NFC Device Kit

September 29th, 2011

The kit costs €180 and includes a C7 NFC phone as well as a selection of NFC tags. More

New Broadcom chips signal next stage of the mobile wallet wars

September 27th, 2011

The company’s new NFC controller chips allow multiple secure elements to be active on a single phone at the same time, making it possible for consumers to use both a mobile wallet supplied by a mobile network operator and a mobile wallet supplied by a bank, handset maker or operating system supplier. More

Nokia ships MeeGo-based N9 NFC phone

September 27th, 2011

The Nokia N9 MeeGo-based smartphone has now begun shipping to customers and stores. “Pre-orders for the Nokia N9 have already started in many countries, and people’s response towards the device has been extremely positive,” the… More

Latest NFC phone news and rumours • 27 Sept 2011

September 27th, 2011

The latest NFC phone rumours and announcements, including: Galaxy S II with NFC launches on AT&T, T-Mobile in the US • Nokia N9 launches in Middle East • Sonim ships first NFC handset • Samsung Wave 578 ‘Quick Tap’ coming to UK soon • Samsung SHV-E120L specs leak.  More

Adobe opens way to NFC with Air 3 plug-ins

September 26th, 2011

Adobe has released a new version of the Adobe Air platform that provides a way for developers to add support for technologies such as NFC to their applications. Air is a superset of Flash and… More

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