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Nexperts to demo HCE

November 19th, 2013

NFC specialist Nexperts will demonstrate Host Card Emulation, Google’s recently announced feature for Android 4.4 ‘Kitkat’ that eliminates the need for a physical NFC secure element, at Cartes 2013. A contactless payment transaction will be shown on an existing NFC-enabled POS terminal using the new method.

Isis NFC mobile wallet goes live across the US

November 14th, 2013

NFC payments are now available to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless subscribers across the US, with the national launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet. A 20% discount on their first $200 of purchases made with… More

Rogers to offer Suretap open mobile wallet in Canada

November 7th, 2013

Canadian carrier Rogers is to make an open NFC mobile wallet available to its customers “in the coming weeks.” The new Suretap Wallet, which is separate from the Suretap payments service launched last November in partnership… More

Canadian banks to launch NFC mobile wallet

November 6th, 2013

Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group are to launch Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet, in 2014. Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, has joined as Ugo’s first retail partner, bringing its PC Plus… More

PrivatBank cuts ATM costs with NFC

November 5th, 2013

Ukraine-based PrivatBank has developed an ATM that uses NFC to “significantly reduce” product costs by eliminating the need to include a pin pad, screen and other user interface features. More

Civintec offers NFC terminal with fingerprint biometrics

November 4th, 2013

Civintec has launched a multi-purpose smart card and biometric-enabled terminal with a 7-inch touch screen and NFC functionality. The uTouch runs either Linux or Android and offers support for a range of contactless standards as… More

Citibank and 3 launch NFC mobile wallet in Hong Kong

November 1st, 2013

Mobile network operator 3 Hong Kong and Citibank Hong Kong have launched the 3 Citi Wallet, an NFC mobile wallet solution for customers of the carrier who also have a Citibank Visa credit card. From… More

Google posts HCE guide

November 1st, 2013

A detailed guide to Android 4.4 KitKat’s support for Host Card Emulation (HCE), which enables NFC payments and other secure services to be delivered without the use of a secure element, is now available on the Android Developers website. The host-based card emulation guide explains how HCE works on Android devices and how developers can create apps that use the technique.

Google Nexus 5 to support NFC host card emulation

October 31st, 2013

Google has taken the wraps off its much-anticipated Nexus 5 NFC smartphone. As the first Android 4.4 device, it will also be the first to offer support for Host Card Emulation. The Nexus 5 is… More

Google gets around the carriers with Host Card Emulation for NFC payments

October 31st, 2013

Google has introduced support for Host Card Emulation in Android 4.4 KitKat, enabling any Android NFC device to be used for mobile payments and other secure applications — without needing access to a secure element…. More

LG unveils curved NFC phablet

October 30th, 2013

LG has launched an NFC phablet with a curved 6-inch HD Oled display offering “an Imax-like experience” when watching videos in landscape mode. The G Flex runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features a Snapdragon… More

Taglio offers smartcard-secured access for Android devices

October 30th, 2013

Smart card security specialist Taglio has produced a smart card integration kit for Android devices that supports contactless cards and NFC devices as well as standard mobile phones and employee cards, enabling companies to provide… More

ZTE adds rugged NFC handset

October 30th, 2013

Smartphone manufacturer ZTE has announced a durable Android NFC handset designed for use in “challenging environments” such as security, transportation, factories and logistics. The IP67-rated ZTE Gota GH800 runs Android 4.1, has a 4-inch touchscreen and offers 4G LTE connectivity along with a range of features suited to use in the field.

Hike offers NFC phones

October 30th, 2013

Chinese smartphone maker Hike Mobile has released two NFC smartphones, the X1 and the X1D. Both devices run the company’s custom version of Android 4.2, cost CNY1,999 (US$328) and feature a 5-inch full HD display with 13 megapixel rear camera, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The X1D also offers dual SIM support.

BWC offers rugged NFC tablet

October 23rd, 2013

Mobile device supplier BWC is now offering a rugged 7-inch tablet that comes with NFC. The ToughSlate 7″ meets the IP67 standard, ensuring it is waterproof, dustproof and durable. Powered by a 1GHz quad core… More

Android NFC app reads passports

October 23rd, 2013

IT security firm Dexlab has released eCL0WN, an app that can read and clone data from an electronic passport using an Android 2.3+ NFC device. eCl0wn can read and decrypt the passport data, display details including the holder’s picture, and write that data to an e-passport emulator or the phone’s internal storage.

CommBank to launch NFC payments using embedded secure elements

October 22nd, 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced a series of upgrades to its mobile banking and payments service, including plans to offer NFC payments using secure elements embedded in “certain phones” and NFC stickers that can… More

IBM launches two-factor authentication for NFC devices

October 21st, 2013

Computer giant IBM has added a two factor authentication solution to its IBM Worklight mobile app platform, providing “an extra layer of security when using an NFC-enabled device and a contactless smart card to conduct… More

Umi launches two NFC phones

October 21st, 2013

Chinese phone manufacturer Umi is to introduce two Android 4.2 smartphones with NFC. The Umi X2S features an eight-core processor and a 5-inch 1080p display while the Umi Cross is a 6.44-inch Full HD phablet. The Cross will be available from the start of November 2013 at around £300.

HTC One Max to come with NFC and fingerprint sensor

October 14th, 2013

Phone manufacturer HTC has announced the successor to its flagship HTC One smartphone, the NFC-enabled HTC One Max which houses a 5.9-inch 1080p display and fingerprint scanner. Located on the rear of the device, the… More

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