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Posted by Seth PlanckJanuary 06th, 2012 at 12:26 PM Filed Under Latest News
White Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone hitting the UK February
It was only a matter of time until Samsung couldn’t contain itself and produced a white version of the now legendary Galaxy Nexus. That seems to be the modus operandi these days for Samsung. Set a hero smartphone in to the market and then a few months later reignite interest in the product by producing it in white. It now appears the UK will be getting its hands on a white Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ 16GB model next month for a cool £415.00 ex VAT. Pocket Now reports it’s the same price as the normal grey version of the Galaxy Nexus.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 28th, 2011 at 4:55 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone set to hit Verizon for $199 on 8th December?
When the Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone is going to be released and for how much has been a mystery. However, recent leaks may have finally found the answers to those questions. The much anticipated NFC smartphone was caught on a flash ad that was released early by mistake, and it showed the Galaxy Nexus priced at $199.99 on a two year contract. That ad was seen on Android Police, Phandroid and Droid Forums. It was also reported by Engadget, which suggests it’s a little more definite than a simple anomaly. That same ad linked to a page that was unavailable and the URL and the title to that page contained a date of the 29th of November, which we think may be when the Ice Cream Sandwich NFC smartphone may be given its official release date.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News
White NFC smartphones hitting in time for the holidays
A new fad of white NFC smartphones seems to be hitting for the holidays. Of course, all have taken cues from Apple’s white iPhone, but this new push on white smartphones seems to pick on NFC smartphones for reasons that escape us. Nevertheless, more choice is more choice and some of the white NFC phones that are about to be launched do look pretty nice.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 22nd, 2011 at 8:09 PM Filed Under Events, Latest News
NFC turns on Xmas lights in Cambridge UK with celebrities help
Hit the UK, head east until you get to East Anglia then swoop up a little until you hit Cambridge – if you get there by 17.00 GMT on Sunday, you will see Christmas lights being switched on using an NFC smartphone and app. Not only that, but you will see the Christmas lights being turned on by one Sheila Ferguson from the Three Degrees. It’s not everyday you see that, right? It may not be everyday you want to see that, or if you are more tender years, you maybe saying “Who?”
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 22nd, 2011 at 10:38 AM Filed Under Latest News, NFC Deals
Amazon BlackFriday deal busts NFC smartphones down to 1 cent
Amazon has busted all smartphones it stocks for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, including a few NFC smartphones, down to a penny up until Cyber Monday. So, if you have wanted that NFC Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G that rocks LTE or a BlackBerry Bold 9930 ready for BlackBerry Tag when it is released soon, now may be the time to make the jump. All deals require an eligible upgrade or a new line of service and you have to, of course, sign on with a 2 year contract. Amazon is even paying you $100 if you take a mobile hotspot as part of your agreement, as long as the phone you chose supports the feature. So, if you play your cards right you could find yourself being paid $100 for getting the NFC smartphone of your choice.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 21st, 2011 at 4:52 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
NFC robot project shows the future of toys
We love the development community when it comes to innovative NFC based projects, and an NFC robot project by Erin the Robot Grrl could show the future of toys. The whole attraction of NFC is based on causality. If I put “this” close to “that” something happens. In that vein, the the robot hat project was born. The concept is that by placing different hats embedded with NFC tags on Erin’s BubbleBoy robot that it initiates different behaviors. We won’t spoil the cool video where you get to see the different interactions performed by BubbleBoy when he gets a new hat, but do give the video a look!
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 21st, 2011 at 1:56 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Nokia N9 NFC smartphone comes to US after all for $649.99 It was a blow when we learned that the Nokia N9 would give the US a miss. However, Amazon has the 16 GB black version NFC smartphone in stock for $649.99 off contract. Of course, third parties over at Amazon also have the 64GB [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 21st, 2011 at 1:02 PM Filed Under Latest News
Galaxy Nexus coming to Canada December 8th on Bell and Virgin Mobile
Yep, that’s right – the Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone is hitting Canada on Bell and Virgin Mobile December 8th. You can pre-order the Galaxy Nexus today. Pre-ordering the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone early ensures you are among the first to get your grubby mits on the NFC totting Ice Cream Sandwich device “as soon as it’s available” but that doesn’t mean you will have the device in your hands on launch day.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 18th, 2011 at 9:24 AM Filed Under Latest News
Expansys has the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus up for pre-order $750
Expansys has the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone up for pre-order. So, if you are loving the thought of the Galaxy Nexus in your pocket, but need a GSM version that will work with AT&T or T-Mobile and you now don’t have to wait until Verizon’s exclusive comes to an end if you are willing to pony up $749.99. We don’t know when those pre-orders will be fulfilled as yet (and we think you must be hardcore to spend that much on an NFC smartphone), but Expansys will take your order if you want to be among the first to own a Galaxy Nexus GSM version in the States.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 17th, 2011 at 12:31 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone for Verizon gets official with specs and videos
Finally, more details about the Galaxy Nexus are becoming available with a specification sheet and a multitude of videos. Interestingly, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus departs slightly from the version announced in Hong Kong earlier this month. The changes are subtle and revolve around a larger battery, which has no doubt been included because LTE is known to suck you dry of juice quicker than 3G. These differences also are related to the CDMA versus the HSPA+ version that Google showed off.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 16th, 2011 at 1:11 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
BlackBerry London NFC smartphone BBX handset?
An image and some specs have surfaced supposedly showing the BlackBerry London BBX NFC smartphone which could be the first hero phone that will usher in RIM’s QNX based OS. The image shows a different design mantra from BlackBerry showing what appears to be similar to the Porsche Design P9981, which didn’t win too many fans. This NFC smartphone that has the code name of BlackBerry London is said to be released in June next year and could represent the Canadian firm’s effort to gain back market share.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 16th, 2011 at 12:01 PM Filed Under Latest News
Proxama outs its MasterCard NFC mobile payment reference kit
British NFC marketing and development firm Proxama has released a MasterCard NFC mobile payment reference kit at CARTES this week. With many card issuers, banks and retailers with no solid NFC deployment plan aside from bringing in a big firm, there is very little in the way of testing equipment that can be used to demonstrate and review the viability of NFC in many businesses. Proxama has tackled this problem by releasing its kit to help companies play around with the firm’s own NFC mobile wallet to review NFC payments. Us techies who follow NFC are very use to the concepts and potentials, but a problem that NFC has faced is communicating those opportunities to potential industry stakeholders who have no clue what is involved in or possible with NFC payments.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 15th, 2011 at 9:48 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Galaxy Nexus speeds past the FCC, getting ready to hit Verizon this month with NFC onboard The Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone saga continues as the handset passes through the FCC without a firm release date. NFC is on board as is LTE, however, the docs point out that Verizon specifically asked for VoLTE (Voice over [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 15th, 2011 at 7:35 PM Filed Under Latest News
BlackBerry Curve 9380 NFC smartphone announced
RIM wasn’t happy just outing its BlackBerry Bold 9790 today and also announced the BlackBerry Curve 9380 NFC smartphone to join the growing list of 9300 series handsets. In fact, aside from CDMA and GSM variants, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between these phones. So, did we need yet another BlackBerry Curve? Yep, we did and here’s why. Gone is the keyboard of the 9350, 9360 and 9370 and it’s replaced with a full size touch screen. Visually the BlackBerry Curve 9380 is more striking than the other Curves in the same line. It, of course, features NFC (Near Field Communication). Aesthetically, it takes styling cues from the Bold 9790 NFC smartphone that was also announced today. The BlackBerry Bold 9730 NFC smartphone is set to be more cost effective than its bigger Bold brothers and yet looks just as styled and capable. On the inside, the specifications aren’t terribly different to the other Curve NFC smartphone models.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 15th, 2011 at 10:03 AM Filed Under Latest News
Samsung announces Secu-NFC Chip, combines NFC IC with Secure Element
It’s a busy week at CARTES and Samsung just outed its new Secu-NFC Chip, which will no doubt cause some stirring within the industry. The new Samsung Secu-NFC Chip combines an NFC controller and a secure element into one unit allowing various advantages over current ICs. The secure element is the storage area in an NFC phone where personal and sensitive data is securely stored. That storage area isn’t directly accessible through your NFC phone’s operating system and secure elements generally have tamper proof features that ensure the memory locks up if someone attempts to access personal information without proper authentication. What makes Samsung’s announcement notable is that their new SENHRN1, or Secu-NFC Chip, combines both the NFC chip and secure element into one efficient chip.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 14th, 2011 at 10:39 PM Filed Under Latest News
ShelfX brings NFC & RFID to retailer shelves for frictionless shopping
ShelfX is set to change the way we shop for goods for the better using NFC and RFID. Ever since NFC payments have been in the realm of possibility people have spoken about how NFC could work for consumers. Aside from pure NFC payments, ShelfX now joins developments like Narian’s suite of NFC retail services as must-have upgrades for retailers. We caught up with the CEO of ShelfX, Ran Margalit, for a deeper look into what the firm had planned and under development and how it blends NFC and RFID for retail services.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 10th, 2011 at 5:41 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phone $50 at Radio Shack on Black Friday Radio Shack have published their Black Friday deals and they include the original Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phone for $50 with a new two year contract or an upgrade. So, if you have been longing for a Samsung Galaxy S [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 10th, 2011 at 12:38 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
HTC Amaze NFC Android phone heading to AT&T
NFC Rumors has learned that AT&T is planning to add the HTC Amaze to its growing list of NFC capable smartphones within the next few weeks. The HTC Amaze has already been on T-Mobile since October 10th, and it now appears that AT&T wants in on some of the well specified HTC Amaze action for its own network. However, like every other NFC smartphone that goes on Ma’ Bell, it is not clear at this point whether NFC will be enabled at the time of launch. AT&T has disabled Near Field Communication chips in every NFC phone so far, but rumors are suggesting the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be changing things over at the number two MNO.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 10th, 2011 at 11:20 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
HTC Edge quad-core NFC phone coming March or April
Images and specifications for the HTC Edge quad-core NFC smartphone have leaked online, and if the rumors are true this new phone will be a beast. We have been waiting for quad-core super phones for well over a year now and it looks as if it will be HTC that delivers in the form of the HTC Edge. There has now been a plethora of NFC smartphones announced and as of yet, most are rocking Android. The HTC Edge could well represent the next bump in usability for smartphones, and from what we are hearing, the quad-core wonder phone will support NFC from the get go. In fact, if the rumors are correct the specifications for the HTC Edge set a new premium standard for smartphones that even the rumored Samsung Galaxy S III does not compete with.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 09th, 2011 at 4:25 PM Filed Under Latest News
PayPal Android app finally gets P2P NFC payments
For months PayPal has been talking NFC payments down. PayPal in August then announced the upgrade to their Android PayPal app that added P2P NFC payments functionality. Since then, there has been nary a word about it until the app update hit the Nexus S the day before yesterday. The crew over at the internet bank have finally released the update that enables NFC P2P payments using PayPal.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 09th, 2011 at 3:05 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Verizon Galaxy Nexus NFC phone launch date
If you have been waiting for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus NFC phone to launch, we can confirm that you won’t be waiting much longer. Our sources have let us know that consumers will be able to pick up a Verizon Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone on November 21st at their local Verizon store.
From what we are hearing NFC services will be available but don’t expect to see Google Wallet or any other form of payments available on the phone. Word is that Isis is way behind on its deployments and Verizon has been locked into a legal stranglehold where it cannot bring any other NFC mobile wallet on board other than services that are to be offered by Isis. It appears that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile may not be feeling so hot to trot with the deal they signed with Isis after all.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 28th, 2011 at 4:18 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung rumored to be building new NFC products, NFC payments?
Samsung is building its own NFC chips and is developing new products, NFC Rumors has learned. It seems like we head off for a few days and the NFC environment goes crazy. We came back to an inbox full of news and, of course, rumors from some of our best sources. We all know that Samsung is slinging NFC into most phones they release from here on out. It is a great win for NFC and a greater win for the consumer that one of the most powerful phone manufacturers is enabling its devices on mass for the consumer. However, what you may not have known, and what we didn’t know until recently, is that Samsung isn’t stopping its NFC tirade there. They are said to be implementing NFC in products that are not phones. From what we have been told, it sounds like NFC payments. Let us tell you why.
Samsung NFC devices and services that use card emulation like NFC payments
Our sources take a risk by sharing information with NFC Rumors and we always appreciate it. However, sometimes because of the nature of the information they have to share they have to hold some back. This is the case with this NFC rumor. Too much information exposes them and often their jobs can be at stake when sharing what they share, so we can give our readers a heads up on what’s coming. We, of course, asked what this new mystery NFC service was and hit somewhat of a brick wall. However, both of our sources confirmed that the new products and services that Samsung are working on revolve around card emulation. Off the top of our heads, that makes these likely candidates – NFC payments, transportation or access control.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 28th, 2011 at 1:52 PM Filed Under Latest News
AT&T being forced to enable NFC in Samsung Galaxy S II with Ice Cream Sandwich update
AT&T didn’t enable NFC in the Samsung Galaxy S II, and if you are an owner you will be painfully aware of that fact. NFC Rumors has exclusively learned that AT&T is being pressured to enable NFC in the Samsung Galaxy S II because of the press and excitement among consumers about Android Beam. AT&T didn’t enable the NFC in the device for two reasons: one, they want to monetize NFC before they launch it, and secondly they didn’t want consumers using more data with NFC actions.
AT&T failed to anticipate that if an NFC phone has the service turned off and the consumer wants that feature, they will lose customers if they block the feature. AT&T haven’t announced that they will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as yet but our sources are telling us that executives are feeling the pressure and have decided to send an update by the end of this year or early next year.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 25th, 2011 at 12:56 AM Filed Under Events, Latest News
NFC Rumors reporting everything NFC from 4G World
Tomorrow the NFC Rumors team hits Chicago and 4G World to cover the near field communication goodness going on. We will be at the NFC summit to see Koichi Tagawa, the Chairman of the NFC Forum, give a speech. Also, we will be reporting live from Osama Bedier’s Keynote speaking about Google Wallet. However, many more near field communication industry superstars like Constratus, Sequent Software, ViVOtech, Yankee Group and Inside Secure will all be appearing on stage throughout the summit.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 21st, 2011 at 9:39 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Verizon will carry the Galaxy Nexus and NFC is to be enabled
It’s official, Verizon will be carrying the Galaxy Nexus and NFC will be enabled, according to the press release coming out of Big Red this evening. We don’t have a date or pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as yet and we have no clue whether Google Wallet will be available for consumers. But if you have been waiting to know whether the new leader of the pack in NFC super phones was going to hit an LTE network in your neck of the woods tonight, you can rest a little easier.
Verizon will carry the Galaxy Nexus and even if it has NFC enabled, it is likely that there will be no Google Wallet
The information sent out by Verizon names Google services that will be available on the Galaxy Nexus including “Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google＋ app.” Guess what’s missing? Yep, no Google Wallet.