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Posted by Seth PlanckJanuary 19th, 2012 at 1:21 PM Filed Under Latest News
WDC Helsinki 2012 launches NFC apps and UPM RFID NFC tag smart posters
NFC is being used more and more in large scale events and WDC Helsinki 2012 is no exception. The World Design Capital (WDC) is chosen every two years and this time around Helsinki has been chosen along with other Finnish cities Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. The objective of the World Design Capital year is to improve the daily lives and environment of the residents and to develop public services and business activities through design.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 25th, 2011 at 12:06 PM Filed Under Latest News
Google and Apple will force MNOs to play nice with NFC mobile wallets says ABI Research
ABI Research has gone out on a limb by stating that Google Wallet and Apple will force mobile network operators to cooperate in the mobile wallet wars. ABI goes further to project that MNO market share will erode between 2012 and 2016 as Google and Apple claim loyal users. We hear similar sentiments daily about how MNOs will ultimately have to give way to a free market approach, as heavy weights show they can take consumers away from networks that don’t support a particular NFC mobile wallet that a consumer wants to use.
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 10:35 AM Filed Under Latest News, NFC Briefs, Rumor
Hyundai developing NFC for cars? NFC Rumors Exclusive
NFC Rumors has learned that Hyundai are playing with NFC, but our sources couldn’t tell us what for. Let’s start off by saying this isn’t a fully formed rumor and we will bring you more as we get it. What we do know is Korean executive business types are talking about Hyundai working with NFC in a big way.
However what we are lacking is knowing in what context. We don’t think that Hyundai would be making NFC phones or tablets. Hyundai makes many products and so this rumor could represent anything. However, especially in the US, Hyundai are known for cars and it would make sense that the Korean company would work with a system like NXP’s KeyLink Lite to use NFC for access control, and perhaps user preferences within their cars.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 15th, 2011 at 12:54 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE NFC phone to hits the States?
A welcome surprise just came about as the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE NFC phone through the FCC. This version of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE is a GSM phone, so we can pretty much guarantee that if it’s US bound it is heading to AT&T for their newly launched LTE network. Most of the details on the FCC label are unfortunately in Korean so we can’t grab too many details about this NFC phone. However, if NFC is onboard like it is with its Korean cousin, we then have the issue of AT&T disabling it at the software level as they did with the normal Samsung Galaxy S II.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 12th, 2011 at 7:24 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
NFC Forum membership explodes as BarclayCard, C-Sam and many others signup
The NFC Forum has announced that Barclaycard has become a Sponsor Member, which is the highest level a company can join at. As part of its new Sponsor Member status, Barclaycard will have a seat on the NFC Forum Board of Directors which governs the organization.
“Our newest members demonstrate the broad appeal of the work of the NFC Forum, and the variety of sectors that are represented emphasizes the value NFC technology can provide to businesses and consumers,” said Koichi Tagawa, Chairman of the NFC Forum. “We are pleased to welcome these new organizations’ participation in our work, and their contributions to the global NFC ecosystem. We are especially gratified that Barclaycard recognizes the leadership role of the Forum as demonstrated by their joining at the highest membership level.”
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 12th, 2011 at 12:02 PM Filed Under Latest News
Pantech Sky Vega LTE and NFC smartphone unveiled in Korea
The Pantech Sky Vega LTE and NFC smartphone has been unveiled in Korea. It’s not often that we see a new competitor enter the smartphone market, and it is less frequent that we see one enter the market in the hero phone category. Pantech is not a new company, it has produced phones for quite some time. But the Sky Vega LTE is different. Pantech appear to have thrown away the rule book with their Sky Vega LTE, which is an all singing, all dancing NFC phone with some impressive specifications and pleasing aesthetic design.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 30th, 2011 at 9:24 PM Filed Under Latest News
Android NFC smartphones to rule 2012 and onwards according to Informa Telecoms and Media report
630 million NFC handsets to drive transactions worth US$71 billion by 2015
NFC smartphone sales are set to sky rocket this next year to a dizzying 630 million handsets according to Informa Telecoms and Media’s latest report. The tipping point is here, the surge is coming, the equilibrium has been broken and we are racing towards critical mass. Everyone run for the hills, take no prisoners and do not ask what your mobile network operator can do for you, ask what you can do for your MNO. We could probably think of more cliche phrases to add, but the point is “research people, we know, we get it, it’s okay, chill out, sit down, have a bagel.” For those who don’t know, with the availability of NFC smartphones and choices in handsets is becoming an everyday event, and since Google released its Google Wallet, and Microsoft showed how they would support NFC in Windows 8, NFC has become a big topic across industries. Sure enough, hot off the heels of announcements like this we see the first trickles of the coming avalanche of analysts reports that predict everything from the world is doomed to we will all have NFC embedded in our ear lobes by this time next year. We guess it keeps them out of trouble and in many ways research analysts are our modern day prophets.
You have to view reports like these like 1950′s ads showing how we would all live in 2011.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 26th, 2011 at 3:29 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE & Samsung Galaxy S II LTE announced for Korean market
Samsung isn’t finished putting out NFC Samsung Galaxy S II handsets yet, and today it announced the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE for its native Korean market. So we will finally see the Samsung Galaxy S II surf the LTE waves in Korea at least. Okay, on with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE details.
Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE NFC phone
So you want all the gory details? Good, let’s start with the star of the show – the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. Not content with the paltry 4.5-inch display found on the T-Mobile version of the superphone, Samsung decided the Super AMOLED HD display needed a little je ne sais quoi and slapped on a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen that puts out gorgeous images and video at 316 ppi, or 1280 x 720 for all you lateral thinkers.
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE NFC phone also features the trusty 1.5GHz dual-core processor found in some US versions and comes loaded with 16GB of internal storage. Keeping to the GS2 mantra it houses the same 8-megapixel shooter that will shoot 1080p HD video. Scooting along on Android 2.3, or Gingerbread as its called in the trenches, the phone obviously also supports near field communication through its built in NFC chipset.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 25th, 2011 at 10:15 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC news roundup
Its been a busy couple of weeks in NFC and odds are you have probably missed some of the good bits if you don’t hang out on NFC Rumors all day everyday. So we thought we’d catalogue some of the more interesting stories that have crept up in the last two weeks and organize a little.
NFC marketing used to be a small category of news, but it is building. We expect that in the future it will rival NFC phones in the amount of stories that are generated by NFC marketing because it is such a diverse subject.
- First NFC digital billboard to launch in Times Square
- Kimtag research finds social networking and marketing NFC tags scans get a 22% per month bump
- Poken and Standard Register Healthcare announce NFC products and services platform pokenHEALTH
- Tapit closes exclusivity deal with JCDecaux in Australia for NFC marketing on its “outside street furniture” or what we like to call NFC billboards
- Tapit forms Australian NFC agency out of home advertising network with JCDecaux
- NFC social check-ins come of age with RewardAble marketing platform
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 24th, 2011 at 4:22 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
GlobalPlatform launches its compliance trademark
Global Platform has announced the launch of its compliance trademark to ensure the creation and maintenance of an interoperable, sustainable and trusted end-to-end environment for managing applications on secure chip technology. If you come to NFC Rumors on a somewhat regular basis, you will know that we yarn on about security, Secure Elements and standards like those put forward by organizations like the NFC Forum. Global Platform is the cross industry, not-for-profit association which identifies, develops and publishes specifications that facilitate the secure and interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology. GlobalPlatform are the organization that put forward the technical specifications to ensure that the secure element in your Google Nexus S is secure, or an NFC SIM or NFC USIM is tamper-proof.
NFC has started to reach a tipping point where mainstream usage is all but assured. Secure Elements are expected to be used globally across finance, mobile/telecom, government, healthcare, retail and transit industries. In the future, GlobalPlatform’s trademark will also be applicable to card products issued by banks and governments.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 23rd, 2011 at 6:01 PM Filed Under Latest News
KT launches iCarte NFC iPhone case in Korea, backs it up with the Olleh Touch NFC mobile wallet
The iPhone 5 may or may not get NFC this fall, but that won’t stop Koreans making NFC payments with an iPhone because KT has launched an iPhone 4 NFC iCarte 420k case. Not only has KT launched a near field communication enabled case for the iPhone 4, but it has done so with the approval of Apple under the “Made for iPhone” accreditation. The iPhone 4 case was developed by Canadian firm Wireless Dynamics Inc., and enables the use of transport cards and credit cards using near field communication while protecting the iPhone in its secondary function as a case.
Hyunmi Yang, Executive Vice President of Integrated Customer Strategy BU at KT said, “As NFC-enabled smart phone was launched recently, iPhone users are showing increasing needs for NFC services. So we became the 1st mobile carrier in the world to deliver NFC services to iPhone users by launching the NFC case.” She added, “As a global leader of NFC services, KT plans to provide more convenient and differentiated NFC services to its customers.”
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 22nd, 2011 at 12:49 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung SHV-E120L NFC phone outed, dropping down in Korea this month
Another day, another NFC phone rears its head and this time it’s the Samsung SHV-E120L that has caught our eye. The team over at PocketNow spotted a post on a Korean website with specifications for the Samsung SHV-E120L NFC phone a couple of days ago. This new phone eerily echoes the specs of the LG LU6200 NFC phone and appears to be geared up to compete on a mano-y-mano basis. Samsung is finally embracing NFC in more and more models and the Samsung SHV-E120L is no exception. As more and more handset manufacturers are committing to NFC phones Samsung appears to becoming more competitive in every market segment and doesn’t look like it’s about to give any advantage away to competitors.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 20th, 2011 at 1:32 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Rumor
LG LU6200 NFC phone to be LG’s hero NFC smartphone?
Haven’t heard of the LG U+, which is also known as the LG LU6200, NFC phone? Nor had we until a few days ago, but it is impressive to say the least. LG hasn’t really lived up to its smartphone prowess lately and the NFC phones that the company has announced have been geared more towards budget conscious consumers. Meanwhile, arch rival Samsung trots out hero phone after hero phone to the point it has started to threaten Apple in a big way. That could change very soon, in LG’s homeland Korea anyway. The team at Engadget came across a new NFC phone known as the LG LU6200 on the Korean website MovePlayer. If the LG LU6200 NFC phone shown on this little Korean website is half true, it will look as if Korea will soon have an LG LU6200 NFC wonder phone on its hands. Today more photos have been accidentally on purpose “leaked” which you can see below.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 15th, 2011 at 3:22 PM Filed Under Latest News
SK Telecom announces worlds first NFC on USIM SIM cards, adds NFC to phones
SK Telecom has announced that it developed the world’s first USIM card equipped with an NFC chip, and it’s being calling “NFC on USIM“. If you aren’t familiar with USIM cards, they basically look and act like a traditional SIM card that your GSM mobile carrier supports in mobile phones. SK Telecom’s new USIM card allows a non-NFC smartphone to become an NFC-enabled if it has the right software. The problem with most smartphones in consumers’ pockets today is that they do not have NFC chips or antennas built into them, so they can’t interact with NFC tags or use any of the other cool functions that NFC facilitates, like peer-to-peer or emulation. SK Telecom are set to change that with their USIM card and potentially enable millions of smartphones with NFC capabilities, and that has to be a good thing.
So, if you have a smartphone and want NFC payments or to be able to collect coupons or to swap contact details, an NFC on USIM solution is heading your way. SK Telecom expect to commercialize NFC on USIM in October 2011 for enterprise customers and will open NFC on USIM- related Application Programming Interface (API) to outside developers to boost the development of diverse NFC-based services. So, in other words, by the first quarter of next year you may well be able to give your smartphone some NFC love if your carrier supports it.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 13th, 2011 at 11:37 AM Filed Under Latest News
Kimtag research finds social networking and marketing NFC tags scans get a 22% per month bump
Kimtag provides a free and valuable service – it helps people generate NFC tags and QR codes and then gives those same people statistics on the hits they get from those tags and codes. The service is a no fuss, no muss, simple and yet valuable service that is free to use. They also sell NFC tags so you can get everything you need in one place. Because Kimtag loves its statistics, it monitors them on an aggregated and meta perspective. After following 10,000 of its uses, it has seen a massive uplift in scans of those NFC tags. The research was carried out over a six month period and saw the growth in people scanning NFC tags and visiting what Kimtag calls its connection page, which would be the target page where the NFC tag pushes users.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 01st, 2011 at 8:22 PM Filed Under Latest News
The NFC tag giant UPM RFID has struck up a partnership with RFID Systems to provide NFC tags in the Korean market
UPM RFID today announced yet another partnership as its continues its crusade to bring NFC tags to the world. The announcement today sees the Finnish company teaming up RFID Systems, a leading inlay and tag consulting and converting firm based in Seoul, Korea. The company also provides services such as RFID project design and implementation, and runs its own NFC shopping mall for consumers, application/solution developers, carriers, retailers and event companies
RFID Systems have set up their very own NFC Store, profoundly called NFC TagStore. It can be found at nfcstore.co.kr. RFID Systems are now stocking what’s said to be an extensive selection of NFC tags from UPM RFID and a variety of off-the-shelf NFC applications. We are really starting to think some companies involved in NFC need some branding help with their company names. The idea behind the preprinted NFC tags that NFC Store intends to sell is that they help consumers adapt NFC for everyday use. The NFC store also offers NFC smart posters and cards so Korean marketers should head over and check the NFC store out also. UPM RFID feel that there has been an unmet demand in the Korean market up until this point and that the partnership will in part help meet that need.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 01st, 2011 at 5:13 PM Filed Under Latest News
Research and Markets and ARChart predicts 588 million will be using NFC payments and services by 2015
Research and Markets have released their latest NFC study that looks at digital money and the convergence of contactless card and mobile payments. NFC is picking up pace and people are undoubtedly becoming more aware of the technology and certain aspects of how their lives can be impacted. Our last post indicated how ubiquitous NFC is becoming in the minds of the general public and how the benefits are finally starting to outweigh the security concerns. NFC, however, is still a nascent technology in terms of real world deployment, and which business models will finally prevail and where the gaps in the market still need some meta views of the current industry.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 30th, 2011 at 1:27 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Samsung announces three Bada NFC smartphones, the Samsung Wave M and the Samsung Wave Y and the Samsung Wave 3
Samsung today announced the Samsung Wave M, Samsung Wave Y and the Samsung Wave 3 – two of which are NFC phones and one is a maybe. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Samsung, and in the run up the the IFA show next week, Sammy is showing no signs of slowing down. Samsung today announced the three NFC phones we had been expecting for sometime featuring the new Bada 2.0 mobile OS smartphones which we featured last week. All three phones are NFC enabled (optional) all three phones have the innovative WiFi Direct, voice recognition and multitasking. Samsung identifies the NFC capabilities being useful for mobile payment and transport pass-card recharge.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 23rd, 2011 at 4:59 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Radio Shack getting ready to accept Google Wallet NFC payments
Doesn’t it seem like forever ago that Google Wallet was meant to be in our hands? Google said that they were only weeks away from launching their Google Wallet app that allows us consumers to pay for goods and services with our phones and it now appears that Radio Shack, who was announced as one of the Google Wallet launch partners has posted a page specifying that it will be ready to roll with NFC payments as from September 1st. Well, the leaked internal memo that Engadget got its hands on at least suggests that some Shacks will get the NFC payment upgrades by then at least.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 18th, 2011 at 5:20 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Google’s Samsung Nexus Prime launching in October? Maybe Halloween for this Ice Cream Sandwich monster
A new report from Korean-language Electronic Times has been talking about the Samsung Nexus Prime. We’ve been waiting to get this old graphic out and dust it off again. New rumors have surfaced that again suggest the Samsung Nexus Prime is coming adorned with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The new vibrations on the web suggest that the Samsung Nexus Prime, which will be Google’s next pure Android experience NFC superphone, will hit mobile networks by the end of October around Halloween, which is somewhat apt for the monster NFC phone. If the rumors are correct, the Samsung Nexus Prime will be the first Ice Cream Sandwich pure Google experience phone.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 05th, 2011 at 11:45 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung City Player entry level NFC phone, revenge of the Tocco, return of the Star Part II
Samsung is introducing another entry level NFC phone to its lineup, so without further ado meet the awkwardly named Samsung City Player. Just when you thought the adventures of the Samsung Tocco were over and it was safe to come out from under the stairs, its reincarnation jumps onto the scene. However, this all new and improved version of the Tocco Icon doesn’t run on Android or any other OS you may have heard of. The Samsung City Player is powered by the MIDP 2.1 platform with a Dolphin browser. We’re not sure why this stripped down OS was chosen but the Samsung City Player is a budget NFC phone after all. We wouldn’t have been so surprised to have seen a Bada touting NFC phone come out of the Korean manufacturer and we have a sneaky feeling we may see a phone that uses that OS in the not too distant future called the S5750 Wave 575. You can check out that phone on our Global NFC phones list page.
Samsung City Player NFC phone specs
There aren’t any hardcore specifications available at the moment for the Samsung City Player. We do know it has a TouchWiz 3.0 interface and it will be available in black and white flavors. The phone has already available in France since June, and we can suppose based on the price of the Samsung Tocco Icon in the UK that it may cost around £100 ($163) but no official pricing is available as yet. Below is what we do have so far in the specifications department.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 30th, 2011 at 2:18 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
NFC Samsung Galaxy S II rumors roundup
You can tell the launch of the NFC Samsung Galaxy S II is getting close here in the US because the fervor is rising and the rumors are flying around quicker than ever. Let’s start with AT&T. We previously reported that AT&T had a version of the Samsung Galaxy S II that came with a QWERTY slider and it turns out that isn’t the Galaxy S II. That phone will be heading to AT&T, but it isn’t going to carry the Samsung Galaxy S II moniker. We have very few other details about the phone apart from the strange fact that the images show that it is running honeycomb, so we are not sure what that is all about. However, there is going to be an NFC Samsung Galaxy S II launching here in the States!
NFC Samsung Galaxy S II on AT&T
After the biggest questions in the universe, such as “Why?” and, is the universe infinite? One of the biggest questions faced by human kind has been will there be an NFC Samsung Galaxy S II launching outside of Korea? And we have an answer to that question now, which is a resounding yes.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 29th, 2011 at 2:57 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Apple, NFC, iPhone 5, iPad 3, rumors, blah, blah, and more blah
Apple, NFC, iPad 3, iPhone 5…is it just us, or is it getting a little repetitive? Ever heard the phrase “there’s nothing to fear but fear itself?” We suggest it gets changed to “there’s nothing to Apple, but Apple itself” because at the end of the day all the speculation is just that, until we hear from Mr. Jobs. The frenzy field that emanates from Cupertino may block out the sun if it gets any more hyped, and the mastery of Apple is that it is generated because the company keeps quiet and plays dead until its ready to roll over and offer us a treat.
In a week where a bomber killed innocent people in Norway, the US is about to go broke, and Amy Winehouse passed away, we still found time for what seems to be a billion Apple rumors. Because that’s what’s important, right? Well, that and Rupert Murdoch getting a pie in his face because his media empire has been found to be sleazy. (Spoiler alert: Perhaps aside from the BBC and a few others, all mega media conglomerates are sleazy. It’s like gravity, it just is that way.)
We ourselves have written a myriad of articles on the business case for NFC in the iPad 3 and iPhone 5.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 28th, 2011 at 2:44 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC phones get a boost as smartphone sales set to top 1 billion in 2016
NFC phones could be set for more adoption if smartphone figures out this week are representative of potential growth in the marketplace. According to new research out this week, smartphone sales are set to explode over the next few years. Data house IMS Research released a new report that focuses on the growth of smartphones globally and foresees the massive growth that we have seen so far as a mere drop in the old proverbial bucket. The firm projects that sales of smartphones in 2011 will exceed 420 million devices and represent 28% of the market share of all handsets sold. This represents huge growth in the smartphone market and only bodes well for NFC phones, which can utilize the extra power and capabilities for payment applications and more. IMS Research predicts that annual sales will surpass one billion devices by the end of 2016, accounting for one of every two mobile handsets sold.