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Posted by Seth PlanckJanuary 17th, 2012 at 2:51 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News
Sprint Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper hands-on during private CES event
As you may or may not have heard over at CES, Sprint announced that it is going to carry the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper NFC smartphones. Well, photographs and details have been very thin on the ground. This is especially true of the LG Viper, which wasn’t even present at the LG booth at CES. What many people didn’t know is that Sprint held a private event over at CES and we were invited. The Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper were there for some hands-on time and we had the opportunity to play a little.
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 PlanckJanuary 05th, 2012 at 2:09 PM Filed Under Latest News
Google Nexus NFC tablet to cost just $199 suggests rumors
We reported a couple of weeks ago about Eric Schmidt’s comment to an Italian newspaper that suggested that Google was prepping a Google Nexus NFC tablet that would sport Ice Cream Sandwich. Schmidt told the newspaper in an interview that ”[In the] next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.” At that time we reached out to Google for clarification of what Eric meant when he made the comment and we hit the steely wall of silence from Google. Generally when we speak with Google we get responses pretty promptly with some pretty helpful information, so to not even get a no comment statement was a little odd.
Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 19th, 2011 at 3:42 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Eric Schmidt hints at Google Nexus NFC tablet mid 2012
It’s great when Eric Schmidt does an interview, he knows just how to let things slip, and in a recent interview with Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, he mentioned a previously unheard of Google Nexus tablet. He added that this tablet would be of the highest quality. We bet it is an NFC tablet due to Google’s massive investment in the technology, but that is pure speculation. On the other hand, because this has been taken from a foreign translation it could merely mean that Google are going to push tablets made by manufacturing partners. Eric Schmidt said via Google translation that “in the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.”
Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 19th, 2011 at 12:25 PM Filed Under Latest News
Google Wallet on Verizon Galaxy Nexus root free so it is safe to use!
Over the weekend we let you know the clever devs over at XDA Developers had rooted and hacked Google Wallet on to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. We also advised that Galaxy Nexus owners should hold off from hacking the Verizon Galaxy Nexus because rooting the device could expose some sensitive data that a thief could get hold of. Just a day later and XDA Developers has released a version of the Google Wallet APK that doesn’t require rooting the device, and so you can now install the NFC mobile wallet safely!
Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 16th, 2011 at 9:49 AM Filed Under Latest News
Ice Cream Sandwich bug NFC tag NDEF formatting bug found
A bug has been found in Android Ice Cream Sandwich that means a non-pre-formatted NFC tag isn’t being recognizable as a NDEF Formattable tag for Mifare Classic 1k, Ultralight or Ultralight C tag. The problem isn’t affecting MifareClassic and MifareUltralight NFC tags. What this means is that NFC tags are not being recognized as being writable using the standard NDEF formatting, which could be an issue for folks trying to encode NFC tags using any Ice Cream Sandwich device.
Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 15th, 2011 at 4:22 PM Filed Under Latest News, NFC Deals
Within the space of a few hours the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Verizon has lost half of its purchase price
We knew the Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone wouldn’t last at the premium price of $299 for very long, but even we didn’t think its price would be cut in half within a few hours of launch on Verizon. It has though, and Amazon are currently retailing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone for a very tempting $149.99. That gets you the Android Ice Cream Sandwich touting, Face Unlock biometric boasting, Android Beam slinging pure Google experience phone.
Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 15th, 2011 at 10:58 AM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone launched on Verizon finally
Ah, what a relief to no longer have the need to speak about when Verizon will launch the Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone. It’s done, it has happened and it’s sans Google Wallet. For us, the Galaxy Nexus specifically on Verizon has lost its luster. But if you still have a penchant for your own slice of Ice Cream Sandwich, you can head over to the Verizon Wireless website or pop into your local store. Do remember it’s nearly the holidays though and try not to give the Verizon retail staff members a hard time. It’s not their fault Verizon has acted like a complete…[enter your description here].
Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 13th, 2011 at 5:15 PM Filed Under Latest News
Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone launches 15th Dec? We’re so over this!
Bored of hearing the next projected date of when the Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone will hit Verizon? We feel you. It all seemed exciting and fun at the backend of October when Google made the announcement with Samsung, but the subject has since become one of torture. Will it have NFC? How much will it cost? What size is the display? When will Verizon release it? Why is Verizon fighting with Google over Google Wallet? When will it launch? When will it release? How much will it cost? When will Verizon finally let it loose to the market?
Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 06th, 2011 at 8:26 PM Filed Under Latest News
Verizon taking a media beating over Google Wallet, plays coy about its intentions with regards to Isis
Well, it finally started – Verizon is being called to task about their position on Google Wallet and allowing consumers to use whichever services they want on their NFC smartphones. If you are a regular here at NFC Rumors, you will know we haven’t been keen about how Isis members have treated NFC and NFC services for consumers. However, the Galaxy Nexus has taken this industry known issue into the main gadget media today as consumers start to ask “can I use Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus?” The answer is no and Verizon are throwing mud in different directions to try and relieve themselves of any blame, and what they are saying is probably not true. Ah, PR departments. You have to love ‘em.
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 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 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 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 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.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 21st, 2011 at 2:00 PM Filed Under Latest News, NFC Briefs
Google Maps now supports NFC Android Beam feature The Google Maps app has been updated to support the NFC Android Beam feature that was announced at this week’s Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus event. This was spotted by androidcentral and where as you won’t see the new feature listed in the change log, new [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 20th, 2011 at 11:24 AM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung giving Galaxy Nexus carrier hints and what does that mean for Google Wallet? Samsung could be giving us clues of who will carry the NFC Galaxy Nexus. If you have been following the saga of the NFC Samsung Galaxy Nexus this week you will probably know that no mobile network operators have been announced as yet. [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 6:28 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung confirms Verizon as US carrier for Galaxy Nexus then retracts Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the most indecisive device we have ever come across. First it was being announced in New York, then that was canceled. It was eventually announced last night in Hong Kong. Then on Facebook today Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 4:37 PM Filed Under Latest News
NJ Transit now accepts Google Wallet and commuters can now buy NFC tickets with their NFC phones
Tickets are so passé and we are not the only ones who think so, as NJ Transit announces that you can now pay for a ride with Google Wallet, and all you need to add is an NFC phone to the mix. Well, not any old NFC phone. At the moment it has to be the Nexus S 4G on Sprint. But with the advent of Ice Cream Sandwich and the coming of the Galaxy Nexus there are sure to be other options real soon.
NJ Transit commuters can now use their NFC phones to pay for transportation tickets as they tap and pay at what the company calls “select locations.”
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 2:01 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News, Soap Box
Galaxy Nexus NFC phone so much said, yet so many questions left unanswered
As we are sure you are aware, last night the Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone and Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) were unveiled and announced to the world. We learned a lot about the Android Beam, Face Unlock and features of the Galaxy Nexus but there were a lot of questions that people are eager to know about left unanswered. Let’s start with our favorite subject – NFC on the Galaxy Nexus.
Unanswered NFC questions about the Galaxy Nexus which is an NFC phone
First thing’s first, we didn’t find out whether the phone will ship with NFC turned on for all mobile network operators. We know that many have been blocking NFC because they fear the extra data that will be used by consumers. We exclusively learned that the reason that AT&T had the NFC turned of in the Samsung Galaxy S II was for this very reason. Will the Galaxy Nexus meet the same fate?
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 11:21 AM Filed Under Latest News
Google confirms Nexus S will get NFC lovin Ice Cream Sandwich
Google has confirmed that the Nexus S will soon get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade with the Android Beam NFC features. The team over at Engadget spoke to Gabe Cohen at Google who confirmed that most Gingerbread devices will get the update. So, great news – Ice Cream Sandwich will bring a whole new set of features to the Android faithful on a whole host of devices.
Matias Duarte said, “Currently in the process for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S. Theoretically should work for any 2.3 device.”
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 10:18 AM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone & Ice Cream Sandwich launch event (Video) Just in case you missed the ICS event last night where the Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone was announced along with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), we thought we would post the video. The video features the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 1:28 AM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung Galaxy Nexus coming to Three UK with NFC onboard Three wasted no time in releasing its announcement stating that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be heading its way for Three UK consumers. Although the UK MNO didn’t give any dates, you now know where you will see the Samsung Galaxy Nexus cropping up in Blighty. [...]