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Amex adds tokens and HCE

November 3rd, 2014

American Express has announced the US launch of American Express Token Service, a suite of solutions enabling traditional card account numbers to be replaced with tokens for mobile, online, in-store and NFC payments. Network specifications for host card emulation (HCE) are now also available globally, says Amex, providing “card-issuing partners with additional security options and solutions for payments made with mobile NFC-enabled devices that support Android OS KitKat.”

Australian credit union launches HCE payments

July 14th, 2014

CUA, Australia’s largest customer-owned financial institution, has become the first in the Asia Pacific region to launch an NFC payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) technology. To use the new redi2PAY… More

BBVA launches NFC payments based on Visa HCE specifications

June 30th, 2014

BBVA has become the first bank to launch a commercial NFC payments service that makes use of Visa’s cloud-based payments specifications. Customers in Spain with an Android NFC handset can use host card emulation (HCE)… More

Samsung adds Galaxy K Zoom with NFC

April 29th, 2014

Samsung has expanded its NFC phone range with the addition of the Galaxy K Zoom. The “camera-specialized smartphone” enables users to “effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity, with the… More

SIMalliance issues HCE security warning

April 29th, 2014

“Host card emulation is good for the NFC ecosystem as a whole, but remains immature, unstandardised and, relative to secure element based deployments, vulnerable to malicious attack,” says SIM card manufacturer association SIMalliance, which has… More

Midrange Samsung gets NFC

April 10th, 2014

Samsung’s Galaxy Ace Style mid-range smartphone, announced this week, is to come with NFC. The device, which features a 4-inch display and runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, will ship globally this month and is expected to retail at between €200 and €300.

HTC launches One M8 smartphone with NFC

March 26th, 2014

HTC‘s newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One (M8), has been announced and is available as a Google Play Edition running stock Android 4.4 KitKat, or from carriers worldwide with the handset maker’s own HTC Sense 6… More

Google Wallet ends support for physical secure elements

March 17th, 2014

From 14 April 2014 it will only be possible to use Google Wallet to make an NFC payment using a device that supports host card emulation (HCE). “Devices with Android versions older than Android 4.4… More

Banco Sabadell picks Carta for HCE payments trial

March 4th, 2014

Spain’s Banco Sabadell is using a host card emulation (HCE) solution provided by Carta Worldwide for the NFC payments technology trial it is conducting in partnership with MasterCard. “The most notable feature of this pilot… More

PrivatBank to offer NFC payments via HCE

February 27th, 2014

Ukraine’s PrivatBank is to launch a cloud-based NFC payments service using host card emulation (HCE). The new Liqpay app will be available to customers with NFC smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat. They will be able… More

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 with NFC, fingerprint verification and PayPal payments

February 24th, 2014

The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, includes biometric security as well as NFC — and can be used to make payments at any merchant that accepts PayPal online or in store. The new finger… More

Alcatel Onetouch launches Pop Fit wearable smartphone with NFC

February 24th, 2014

A wearable Android smartphone that weighs just 78g and comes with an armband-style strap and a pair of JBL earphones has been unveiled at MWC 14 by Alcatel Onetouch. The metallic Idol 2, Idol 2S and Idol 2 Mini S with NFC have also been added to the phone maker’s range. More

Bankinter to launch HCE-based NFC payments

February 17th, 2014

Spain’s Bankinter is to commercially launch an NFC mobile payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) during the second or third quarter of 2014. The launch follows the announcement last year of… More

Spanish bus drivers to check tickets using NFC host card emulation

January 29th, 2014

“HCE is a game-changing technology for NFC,” says technology provider Aditium’s Ibai Iturricha. “With HCE we have the chance to develop the whole solution without having to rely on any other party… With the entry of HCE we are free.” More

Tim Hortons launches NFC payments service using Host Card Emulation

December 13th, 2013

North American coffee chain Tim Hortons has launched an NFC mobile payments service using Host Card Emulation (HCE) at 3,500 locations in Canada and 800 in the United States. It is currently available to customers… More

SimplyTapp gets funding for HCE

November 27th, 2013

SimplyTapp, the US startup which created Host Card Emulation, bypassing the need to use a carrier controlled SIM-based secure element in NFC transactions, has raised a Series A funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners…. More

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.

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

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