NFC

Google Wallet Demo shown on Nexus S 4G

Google Wallet looks to bring some exciting changes to the way we all purchase items online, and in person. The steps for Google Wallet setup are quite simple, says Google on May the 26th in New York: Attach your Wallet, Enter your Pin, Add your Credit Card, and lock. We originally mentioned Google Wallet this morning and you can read that here. For even more details about Google Wallet check out this post. They have demoed Google Wallet today on Sprint's Nexus S 4G.

Google Wallet and Google Offers NFC Projects Officially Announced by Google

It is now official and Google has just announced not only Google Wallet, but also Google Offers. The new NFC payment system will be kicking off today for select beta testers in San Fransisco, and NYC with more cities coming soon and will officially launch nationally this summer. Google also mentioned it will work with the existing Mastercard Paypass.

Google Wallet NFC Payment System Launching Today

Today Google will be announcing their new NFC Payment system being called Google Wallet, the event will be starting soon so stay tuned right to AndroidCommunity for all the latest details and news. Apparently a site called The Container Store spilled the beans a little early as to what was going to be announced today at Google's NYC Event and that is NFC and Google Wallet.

NFC-Laden Nexus S 4G to Get Some Action

Did you know that the Nexus S (both in its original form and its newer 4G state on Sprint) is fully ready to work with NFC mobile payments? Google knows, they built it. Sprint knows, they're apparently working on a deal with Google right this second to release a mobile payments service on the 26th of May, 2011. This service will, if it's real, be available for US customers of Sprint Nextel, so says "three people familiar with the matter" to Bloomberg. Three's better than one, right?

Samsung Execs Reveal Future Plans

A meeting last night held by Samsung executives held some gems in the form of potential new Android devices over the next year. The meeting, which was specifically to discuss ways that Samsung will be going after Apple's market share, was not an explicitly Android event, so we can't be absolutely sure that these will be Android devices, but the chances are good and there were some exciting things to be heard.

Samsung confirms Galaxy S II NFC version for UK in June

Samsung is apparently preparing to bring the NFC-enabled version of the Galaxy S II to the UK next month, having initially launched the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone in its non-NFC form. The decision was apparently confirmed by two Samsung support staff, who told one would-be GSII customer that "the NFC [model] would be launched in the UK by June." However, they also confirmed that Samsung has no plans to launch the 32GB version of the GSII in the UK, despite the higher-capacity model being available in other regions. Instead, the UK will be stuck with the 16GB model only, though of course that can be expanded using up to 32GB microSD cards. It's unclear if the NFC decision means that there will be two versions of the Galaxy S II co-existing in the UK market - some NFC-enabled, others not - or if the updated model will replace the original. That could frustrate early-adopters, however, who will see those coming later to the GSII game picking up a handset eventually capable of wireless payments and other talents. [via Mobot]

Coupons coming to Android handsets via NFC

French company Ingencio is working with Google to develop a sales coupon service which would deliver special offers to smartphone users via near field communications. The service, would send coupons to a user's phone as they shop and automatically deduct the coupon from a related purchase upon checkout. Initially, Payments would still be made the old fashioned way, by either cash, check or charge.

Samsung Galaxy S II officially launched today

Samsung is officially launching the Galaxy S II today, though UK sales of the dual-core Android smartphone did kick off in the UK yesterday. The subject of a huge Media Day in Korea this morning, Samsung expects to ship the Galaxy S II on over 140 carriers in 120 countries worldwide. As we found in our full Samsung Galaxy S II review, the 1.2GHz Exynos processor and Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen make for a potent combination. Surprisingly, though, the Galaxy S II particularly delivers on battery life, lasting for two days of heavy use. Meanwhile, in Korea there's a version of the Galaxy S II with an integrated DMB digital TV tuner - which adds 1mm to the smartphone's thickness - and there'll be various NFC and non-NFC versions depending on region. Samsung even went to the trouble of calculating the average length of the Korean thumb (58.6mm, if you're curious) and reckon the 4.3-inch display is perfectly suited to one-handed use.

Galaxy S II hits Korea with NFC payment system ready to go

In Korea, KT is rolling out a new NFC payment system that will also users of compatible mobile phones to pay for purchases using their smartphones. NFC payments for smart devices are becoming a big deal all around the world and some of the biggest firms in the tech realm are backing NFC payments systems in the US and abroad. In the US Google is pushing hard for NFC and several major credit card companies are also backing NFC plans.

Tyfone putting NFC in MicroSD Cards

Wow, this sounds like a great idea, Tyfone has developed a system and are now putting NFC chips, controllers, and antenna's into Micro SD and SD cards. This makes it possible for mobile phones and other PDA like devices to easily add NFC capabilities to their device just by simply changing the SD card they are using. Sounds like a great plan, don't have a Nexus S, just get a Tyfone MicroSD Card.
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