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Sony Ericsson planning NFC Android phones with chip from Nexus S

NFC support has been conspicuous by its absence in Sony Ericsson's recent Android handsets, but that looks set to change in the not too distant future. NXP Semiconductors has announced that it will be supplying Sony Ericsson with NFC hardware "for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones." Specifically, it's the "NXP PN65 NFC solution" which is basically a combination of the NFC radio chip itself, the embedded secure element, and the company's software. That will allow Sony Ericsson phones - with the right SIM - to use the new mobile payments systems, such as planned in the UK for launch later this year. Interestingly, it's also the same NFC chip as inside the Samsung Nexus S. Back at the launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, the company told us that it was considering NFC but that the chips were too bulky to make it inside the slimline Arc. Since then it has released the XPERIA Play, a larger handset but still missing NFC. No word on when, exactly, the first Sony Ericsson NFC handsets will show up, but NXP seems to expect its shipments to rocket in the second half of 2011. Press Release:
Sony Ericsson selects NXP’s NFC Solution for its Android-based Smartphones NFC enables mobile entertainment experiences Eindhoven, Netherlands, June 16, 2011 – Today NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced that its world leading near field communication (NFC) technology has been selected by Sony Ericsson for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones. Sony Ericsson, a leading, global mobile handset manufacturer focused on communications and entertainment, will use NFC to further enhance its consumers’ mobile experiences, creating a portfolio of smartphones that enable mobile transactions. Using simple touch gestures, consumers will be able to make purchases or connect to a point of sale (POS) terminal, ticketing terminal or location-based promotional tag simply and securely with their NFC-enabled smartphones. NXP provides complete embedded, secure NFC solutions and recently announced that its NFC software is open source on the Android platform and enables the Google Wallet application. Sony Ericsson intends to use the NXP PN65 NFC solution in their Android-based smartphones, which includes the NFC radio controller, the embedded secure element and NFC software. The embedded secure element enables NFC to be used for mobile transactions. Building on NXP’s extensive background in secure identification, the PN65 uses advanced cryptography to offer the highest level of security for transactions, with the technology already being extensively used in contactless banking cards, e-passports, e-ID cards and secure access systems. “Building on Sony Ericsson’s leadership in Android and mobile gaming, the integration of near field communication into our Android-based Xperia™ portfolio is another step in delivering the most entertaining smartphones,” said Jan Uddenfeldt, Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson. “NFC offers our consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and we are poised to drive the development of new, exciting and creative entertainment experiences.” “This latest move from Sony Ericsson is another proof point of the strong momentum and potential of NFC,” said Rick Clemmer, president and CEO, NXP Semiconductors. “Based on continued strong customer endorsements we have the opportunity to increase the sales of our NFC products 2-4 times as a percentage of total NXP revenue in the second half of 2011 from the approximately one percent it represents today. NFC offers a game-changing opportunity for mobile phone manufacturers to provide creative and innovative smartphones to their customers.” NFC is a market proven technology co-invented by NXP in 2002. In 2004 NXP co-founded the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with all industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology. NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. Ranked as the number one contactless IC vendor by ABI Research for three years in a row, NXP is the global leader in NFC solutions, field proven in over 150 NFC trials and landmark commercial deployments worldwide.

Official Android Starbucks app lands

Back in January, we talked a bit about the mobile payment solution that Starbucks was working on for its locations around the country. At the time, there were third party Android apps that you could use to pay with your mobile phone. We mentioned then that an official app was in the works. That official app has now landed called Starbucks for Android. You can grab the app on the Android market right now in version 1.0 form added this week.

Updated PayPal App with Mobile Check Cashing Hands On

Today PayPal brought a major update to their Android app, which brought, among other things, the ability to cash checks by taking a picture of them. This has been a killer feature for their iPhone App now since October, and starting today you can use your phone to add checks directly to your PayPal account, or transfer it to your savings account, skipping a trip to the bank!

Square Mobile now available for Android

Square Mobile payment is now available for Android. You can use this app to accept payment anywhere you are. You don’t even need a merchant to get started. Attach the Square Mobile peripheral to your phone and you’re good to go. This is a free app available in the Android market and the dongle may even be offer free as well. 0 to $60 in under 10 seconds Start accepting cash and card payments with Square. No contracts, monthly fees, or hidden costs. Effortlessly manage the money you take with an easy and intuitive interface. Swipe it Accept payment cards on any device with an audio input jack, including your mobile phone. After signing up for Square, provide your address on the web and we’ll send your free card reader and Square sticker. Lose the paper Get your receipts sent instantly to your email or mobile phone. Access them securely online. Pay quickly, securely Create a Square account to speed up and secure every payment. With photo verification, Square users can visually confirm you are the card holder. Get real rewards If you frequent a place that accepts Square, we’ll let them know you’re a repeat customer. That 10th cappuccino may be on the house, no paper coffee card required. All your receipts, organized See all of your Square receipts in one simple view. Browse photos of every item you bought, read descriptions, and share with your friends and co-workers. Your business in real-time All of your cash and card payments in a clean interface accessible securely from anywhere. Instantly see how much you’ve made for the day, broken out by tips, tax, and payment method. Download your data into a standard format to work with your favorite program. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBieYjxUj5Q&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [via square]
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