News about Nexus S and NFC.
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…
November 14th, 2012
The new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile phone and tablet reference devices make use of a Broadcom NFC controller chip instead of the NXP chips Google used in earlier models. Broadcom has also contributed its NFC software stack to the Android Open Source Project.
July 24th, 2012
Users of a shared workspace in Prague are paying for drinks and snacks with contactless cards thanks to an NFC payments solution developed by a local company. The PiggyBank system now in use at The Hub Prague…
January 26th, 2012
Enterprising developers have come up with a ‘LikeBelt’, an NFC-enabled belt buckle that can register Facebook ‘likes’ or check-ins with a thrust of the wearer’s hips. The humorous concept, essentially a Nexus S handset with…
December 20th, 2011
Google has started rolling out Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which adds Android Beam NFC functionality, as an over-the-air update for its Nexus S handsets. Manufacturer Samsung has also announced that selected high-end phones and tablets will get ICS upgrades next year, starting in Q1 with the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note — though timing will vary by country and carrier.
December 19th, 2011
Just a few days after the launch of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, Android enthusiasts have found a number of ways to get around the US carrier’s attempt to block Google Wallet from its version of the phone and users are now successfully making NFC payments.
November 8th, 2011
NFC-based peer-to-peer payments are now included in the PayPal Mobile App for Android which is now available to download from Android Market.
November 3rd, 2011
November 1st, 2011
Google, Sprint and Samsung are taking Google Wallet across the US on a five city roadshow that will allow consumers to test out the NFC service in selected retail stores. The roadshow, already live in New York and in…
October 26th, 2011
Carriers and banks around the world can now use the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphones to deliver MasterCard-approved NFC mobile payments services.
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.
October 13th, 2011
Google has issued an updated version of its Google Wallet app which brings improvements to getting special offers, more transaction details, a better tutorial section and user interface upgrades — along with unspecified bug fixes.
October 11th, 2011
Subscribers of UAE-based network Etisalat are set to be among the first in the world to make mobile payments on their BlackBerry NFC phones.
October 3rd, 2011
Developers say they have come up with a way to add Google Wallet functionality, including a Google Prepaid Card carrying a free US$10 credit, to the original Nexus S NFC phone.
September 28th, 2011
US mobile network operator Sprint‘s Open Solutions Conference in Santa Clara, California from 2-4 November is to focus on the potential of NFC. The Google Wallet partner will be giving the first 1,500 registered attendees…
September 27th, 2011
Forty-three developers produced nine prototype NFC applications at Isobar’s 48-hour hackathon in Boston, including systems for ordering drinks in busy bars and an innovative car parking app. Paula Berger was there for NFC World…
September 16th, 2011
For four hours on 22 September it will be possible to use an NFC smart poster to interact with advertisements and promotions displayed on one of the New York landmark’s iconic giant advertising billboards.
September 6th, 2011
The digital marketing agency is inviting developers, programmers and hackers to take part in a 48-hour NFC ‘hackathon’ in Boston later this month.
July 13th, 2011
“We’ve been looking at NFC technology for a while and we saw a tremendous opportunity to combine the best of NFC and the best of PayPal,” the online payments giant’s senior director for mobile explained as she announced the company’s first NFC service.
July 11th, 2011
A software update notification sent by US mobile network operator Sprint to dealers suggests that mobile payments capabilities will begin to be enabled on the Nexus S 4G, at least, from today. The update notification was…