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    Android L speeds up NFC P2P sharing

    June 27th, 2014

    New support for Android Beam, the name used for NFC peer-to-peer sharing in Android, is to be introduced with Android L, version 5.0 of Google’s operating system. Currently, Android Beam only springs into action once… More

    No secure element in new Nexus 7

    July 30th, 2013

    Google has not included a secure element in the new version of its Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s Peter Hazlehurst has told Android Police, and the tablet is not therefore able to support Google Wallet NFC payments. The device does, however, support NFC read/write capabilities via Android Beam. The HTC One Play Edition also does not include an embedded SE, Hazlehurst added.

    Irish restaurant chain picks NFC P2P payments and rewards

    July 17th, 2013

    Dublin-based Graham O’Sullivan Restaurants has contracted retail software specialist Escher Group to deliver an NFC- and QR-based payments and rewards service that uses NFC’s peer-to-peer (P2P) capabilities. The solution works with any Android NFC phone… More

    Motorola Razr i launches with Intel chip and NFC

    September 18th, 2012

    A new NFC phone from Motorola is a variant of the Droid Razr M, announced earlier this month, with an Intel processor at its heart instead of the M’s dual core Snapdragon S4. The Motorola… More

    Forum responds to Black Hat presentation on NFC vulnerabilities

    August 1st, 2012

    “The NFC Forum works to ensure that tools are available to allow applications to operate with the appropriate level of security,” says the industry standards body. “Mr Miller’s demonstration underscores the importance of providing appropriate security measures at the application layer and enabling users to adjust security settings to suit their own needs and preferences.” More

    Security researcher to present on NFC at Black Hat

    July 25th, 2012

    Noted security researcher Charlie Miller is to present the findings from his research into NFC P2P and tag reading vulnerabilities at Black Hat 2012 today. “It turns out that through NFC, using technologies like Android… More

    Zynga adds NFC to poker game

    July 13th, 2012

    Social games giant Zynga has added support for NFC peer-to-peer mode to the Android version of Zynga Poker. The NFC functionality uses Android Beam to enable players with an NFC phone to invite a friend to join… More

    Jelly Bean to extend NFC P2P

    June 27th, 2012

    Google has announced two new NFC features will be available in the Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ version of its Android Beam service. Users will now be able to send photos and videos from one Android device to another by tapping two NFC devices together, with the link initiated via NFC before handing over to Bluetooth for the transfer. They will also be able to pair with and connect to NFC Bluetooth devices with a touch.

    KDDI unveils world’s first NFC and Felica phone

    May 16th, 2012

    Japanese mobile operator KDDI will offer the world’s first phone with both NFC and Felica support from this summer. The Sharp Aquos Phone Serie will support Japan’s widely-used Felica contactless payment system as well as the… More

    Samsung Galaxy S III expands NFC P2P capabilities with S Beam for faster file transfers

    May 4th, 2012

    The newly announced successor to Samsung’s best selling Galaxy S II features NFC as standard and includes a new file transfer service that enables users to easily connect together two devices via NFC and automatically transfer large video and other files via WiFi Direct. More

    Google gets NFC P2P patent

    May 2nd, 2012

    Google has been granted a patent for transferring application state information from one device to another via NFC, a system which is similar to the company’s Android Beam service. The patent outlines methods to allow a user to switch from one device to another while continuing to work with the same application or content. “It is easy to read email from a smart phone but difficult to reply due to the size limitations on the phone keyboard,” explains the application. “A user may start a draft of a message on a phone, but prefer to finish the draft using a tablet.”

    Opera for Android gets NFC

    February 28th, 2012

    Opera Software has added support for NFC peer-to-peer information sharing to its popular mobile internet browser. The new functionality, which works via Android Beam, is included in the latest version of Opera Mobile which is now available to download from Android Market.

    StumbleUpon adds P2P NFC

    February 28th, 2012

    A new version of content discovery platform StumbleUpon’s Android app includes support for Google’s NFC peer-to-peer Android Beam technology, allowing users with an Android 4.0 NFC phone to share content they discover with other NFC phone users.

    Shazam shares music with NFC

    February 27th, 2012

    A new version of Shazam, the media discovery app used by 180m people around the world, will allow Android phone users to share music, TV ads, tour dates, coupons and more via NFC. More

    Glu adds Android Beam to Gun Bros game

    February 27th, 2012

    Social mobile games developer Glu Mobile has released an NFC-enabled version of its popular Gun Bros game. Gun Bros Multiplayer includes support for Google’s Android Beam NFC peer-to-peer technology, enabling players to start a multiplayer game… More

    Any.Do shares tasks via NFC

    February 26th, 2012

    A new version of task manager app Any.Do, voted best Android app of 2011 by Techcrunch, allows users with an NFC phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to share tasks via Android Beam.

    Acer shines a light on Liquid Glow NFC smartphone

    February 24th, 2012

    Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Acer has revealed its second NFC smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress 2012. The Acer Liquid Glow’s external design features curves, chrome details and a soft-touch casing and is available in black,… More

    NXP to showcase NFC at MWC

    February 24th, 2012

    NXP is to showcase NFC applications from six partners at its booth at the Mobile World Congress next week: Part of the booth will be transformed into an NFC-based café. This, NXP partner Narian Technologies has told… More

    Foursquare adds P2P NFC

    February 10th, 2012

    Social check-in service Foursquare has upgraded its Android app to include support for version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, adding features that work with the Android Beam NFC P2P service. The upgrade means that users with… More

    Xing adds contacts with NFC

    January 24th, 2012

    German B2B social network Xing has added support for NFC, allowing members to add new contacts to their network by simply tapping together their mobile phones. Xing is using the Android Beam peer-to-peer functionality included in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its NFC service.

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