News about The Verge.
September 10th, 2015
Google has relaunched and repositioned its tap-and-pay Google Wallet app as a peer-to-peer payment solution ahead of the expected rollout of Android Pay later this month. “For now, two versions of Google Wallet exist in the Google Play…
August 24th, 2015
Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the US, may not support Samsung Pay when it launches there next month. “Right now it will only say that it’s ‘evaluating’ the service and will share more news as it’s available,” The Verge reports. US carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular are listed among Samsung Pay’s initial partners.
June 8th, 2015
Internet company Lycos has announced a line of NFC-equipped wearable devices including a ring ($59.99) and a wristband (US$124.99) that tracks the wearer’s physical activity, displays incoming calls and notifications and connects to a smartphone with a tap. The Lycos Life wearables “are primarily being pitched as devices that can be used to replace your password, using NFC to unlock your phone when they’re nearby,” The Verge reports.
June 10th, 2014
Microsoft is to add “Kinect-like features” to Windows Phone devices later this year, “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans” have told The Verge. “At least one device, codenamed McLaren, will debut on a range of US carriers later this year with features that let you hover your finger over the screen to interact with games and applications without ever touching the display.”
July 30th, 2013
Nokia is readying the Treasure Tag, a proximity sensor accessory for Lumia handsets that uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth to track personal items, reports The Verge. NFC is used to pair the accessory…
February 27th, 2013
Samsung has unveiled its own mobile wallet app at Mobile World Congress 2013. Samsung Wallet “is a convenient mobile app which allows users to store and manage event tickets, boarding passes, membership cards and coupons…
September 14th, 2012
The Nintendo Wii U games console, which includes support for NFC in its GamePad controller, will launch in the US on 18 November, with prices starting at US$299.99. Europe will follow on 30 November, with Japan…
August 8th, 2012
May 1st, 2012
April 19th, 2012
Microsoft is planning a mobile wallet for Windows Phone 8, according to an unsourced report in The Verge. The wallet service will be provided by Microsoft and is expected to be branded by carrier partners.
March 22nd, 2012
Google is topping up Google Wallet prepaid card accounts with an extra US$5 credit, The Verge reports. The perk is designed to compensate users for loss of service while the company searched for a solution to a hack that allowed unauthorised use of an existing prepaid card balance if someone recovered a lost Android phone without a screen lock.
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.