NFC

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.

PayPal for Android updates with NFC, tablet support

Finally, an alternative to Google Wallet - now if only I could find somewhere that actually accepts NFC payment. PayPal completely remade their Android app today, adding near-field communication support, though support for actual retail payments seems to be a little lacking. A completely new layout, a more minimal interface, and a new widget round out the additions. You can download the latest version in the Android Market now.

Google Maps updated to support NFC and different screen resolutions

Google isn't wasting any time it seems, Google Maps has just received an update in the market adding a few notable features just in time for the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. First off, the size of Google Maps will now be smaller or larger based on device screen resolution. Devices with qHD or Galaxy Nexus 1280 x 800 resolution displays will have a different, larger download to support the higher resolution on the display and older devices will see smaller download sizes and times.

Isis, Google Wallet competitor, to run on Android

In the midst of the recent flurry of Google Wallet news, Isis has announced that they will release an Android application when the payment system is released next year. While this announcement would be more significant if the application were released today, it still gives the application a fighting chance against recently launched Google Wallet.

Google Wallet launches officially on Nexus S 4G

It's the 4G version of the Nexus S that'll receive the update to Google Wallet first, Google tells us, this brand new NFC-based electronic payments system working with Visa, American Express, and Discover right out of the gate. This system will allow you, as you may already know, to tap your device to an in-store payment device and instantly pay your bill with your "Wallet". Your update to full alpha Google Wallet functionality will occur in an over-the-air manner, meaning that if you've got a Samsung Nexus S 4G, you'll be seeing a notification right away immediately if not soon.
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