NFC

Moneto brings NFC to older phones with $30 MicroSD card and app

Want NFC capability? Stuck in a two-year contract with a phone that doesn't have it? Then you're in luck: Moneto is bringing near-field communication chips crammed into standard MicroSD card slots, and using an Android app to add in basic NFC payment capability to almost any Android phone. Theoretically, anyway: at the moment it only works on Samsung's original Galaxy S  and variants for United States carriers - the Vibrant, Fascinate, and the Galaxy S 4G. They're working on adding compatibility to about three dozen phones from Samsung, Motorola, Sony, HTC, LG, and Huawei.

LG swipes at NFC with Optimus LTE Tag

LG's second new Android smartphone for Mobile World Congress is the LG Optimus LTE Tag, and the company is hoping you'll get into the habit of tapping it against your dashboard. A 4.3-inch 1.2GHz dual-core handset - that looks, almost ridiculously so - like Samsung's Galaxy S II - the Optimus LTE Tag includes both 4G LTE support and a few sheets of sticky NFC labels that can be used to switch the smartphone between various modes.

Google Wallet PIN can be compromised on rooted Android devices

When progressing through a Google Wallet transaction via NFC, the system requires the user to input his/her PIN to follow through with their transaction. Zvelo, a respected security firm based in Colorado, has communicated to Google that due to their current security architecture, rooted devices PIN information is at risk. Most of you are not included in this small pool of people, and should be safe.

Sound Pound NFC lands on Android, say hello with NFC

We have an interesting application that just landed in our inbox today and figured we'd share it with our readers. NFC is still a niche in Android that has yet to really take off -- although Android Beam should help things out. Today we have an NFC app that is actually fun, and not just for mobile payments. Meet Sound Pound NFC.

Sony Xperia ion and Xperia S Hands-on

Sony has dropped the "Ericsson" and outed a pair of highly-desirable smartphones at CES 2012 this week, the LTE-toting Xperia ion for AT&T's 4G network, and its Euro sibling, the HSPA+ Xperia S. Both have a squared-off aesthetic and a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, running Gingerbread on a  1.5GHz dual-core processor with an ICS upgrade tipped for Q2.  

New Android app lets you add Facebook friends via NFC

Remember Bump, that app that allowed you to swap contacts with a quick nudge of both party's phones? The one that everyone forgot about in a week or so? Well there's a new app in the Android Market that's brought the same functionality to Facebook, with an NFC-enabled twist for the new generation of Android smartphones. Simply titled "Add Friend", the app connects to your Facebook account and adds someone when a similarly-equipped phone is activated.

Startup deploys Google Wallet vending machines in SF, NYC, DC and Chicago

I'll be honest, I've never been that swayed by NFC. Carrying a few ounces of wallet isn't really a burden, and using a smartphone to pay isn't so much easier than using a debit card. But as a guy who almost never carries cash, this gets me excited: a San Francisco startup is equipping vending machines with NFC receivers, specifically made for Google Wallet. All Things D reports that the first test markets for the new machines will be San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
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