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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 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. [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 1:22 AM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Press Release, Videos
Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone announced for Verizon in US
It’s official, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been announced and it’s an NFC phone of the hero flavor. There have been months of speculation, including false rumors and poets hinting at what the NFC Samsung Galaxy Nexus may hold in store for consumers. Now we know, and the waiting is nearly over before you have the next pure Google experience phone in your pocket. We do have to say though, that the webcast sucked. Obviously here at NFC Rumors, Near Field Communication is a key element we are interested in and tonight we learned that the mighty NFC is on board as you probably expected from Google. Not only that, but NFC is the core component of Android Beam in the Galaxy Nexus.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 18th, 2011 at 9:10 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Video leaks ahead of announcement A Youtube video featuring the Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone has leaked just a little while before the festivities begin in Hong Kong. The quality of the video is poor but you can make out some of the features. The vide shows the home screen, boot up screens and camera app [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 15th, 2011 at 11:24 AM Filed Under Latest News
NFC Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon map leak
The plot thickens with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a Verizon MAP (minimum advertised list) is leaked showing the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich NFC phone scheduled for advertising from the 10th of November at a price of $299 with which we assume the two year ball and chain contract. However, this MAP’D device’s chart had dates beginning in July which suggests that it maybe out of date by the time it leaked.
We reported earlier today about one of our trusted sources who had communicated to us that Verizon and Google were not seeing eye to eye on Google Wallet being installed on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We were told that this disagreement was the reason for last week’s cancelation of the Samsung “Unpacked” event. In fact, the disagreements are said to be so strong that we were told either the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would hit Verizon without Google Wallet, which is Google’s biggest investment to date, or there is the possibility that it wouldn’t hit Verizon at all.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 14th, 2011 at 12:21 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Verizon holds up Samsung Nexus Prime because of Google Wallet
Last week Google and Samsung jointly announced that they were canceling their “unpacked event” that was set to unveil the NFC-capable Samsung Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumors swirled around that the reason was a patent dispute, but our sources close to the matter are telling us a different story, which to us makes a lot more sense. As you will have gathered from the title, the issue is in fact with Verizon. Can you guess what it is?
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 13th, 2011 at 8:27 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung to unveil Samsung Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich Oct 19th Samsung confirms Ice Cream Sandwich event on October 19th, and if rumors we are hearing are correct that same event will also see the first showing of the Samsung Nexus Prime. Well, when we say October 19th what we really mean is October [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 12th, 2011 at 11:58 AM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung Nexus Prime could be unveiled October 19th We were all disappointed at the end of last week when Samsung and Google put off the launch event for the Samsung Nexus Prime and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. We heard from a Samsung executive yesterday that the device would be launching faster than we think, which is highly unlikely as we thought it [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 11th, 2011 at 9:13 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Samsung Nexus Prime “coming sooner than you think” We still don’t know whether it will be called the Samsung Nexus Prime or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or even the Samsung Droid Prime on Verizon’s network. We don’t even know when it is officially going to be released but what we do know is [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 29th, 2011 at 10:44 PM Filed Under Events, Latest News, Rumor
Are you ready for Prime time because the Nexus of NFC is coming as the Google Nexus Prime with Ice Cream Sandwich is being announced October 11th
We have been waiting for the NFC Google Nexus Prime since the early summer, and it is starting to look as if our wait may finally be coming to an end as Samsung schedules a press event on October 14th. We have known for a long time that Samsung would produce the Google Nexus Prime, since the inception of the NFC phone rumors started circulating early in the summer. However, remember we are likely to get more than just the NFC Google Nexus Prime, because this phone is said to be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich, which is Google’s next iteration of its Android OS.
The invite that has been going out to members of the press is titled “Google Episode” and suggests we will get to see what’s new from Android. The Google Nexus Prime is said to be the next evolution of the Nexus lineage of pure Google experience smartphones that will, of course, be bringing NFC along for the ride.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 07th, 2011 at 12:40 AM Filed Under Rumor
HTC Holiday Android NFC phone caught in the wild testing AT&T’s LTE network, it’s fast!
The HTC Holiday NFC phone seems to get caught out in public more than a teenage pop star. Today it was seen out in the field in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas testing the new AT&T LTE network. The image we have was sent to BGR and we have to say it is not the normal blurrycam photos we are used to seeing. The word on the street is that the HTC Holiday, or HTC Waikiki, which is another potential name for the device, could be AT&T’s inaugural LTE device that launches its LTE network later this year. From a network perspective, this image shows the HTC Holiday topping out at a crazy fast 29Mbps, which looks good for Ma’Bells network. Although, we have to remember it is an empty market at the moment that the testers have to themselves. Even based on that, it is faster than speeds we have seen on Verizon’s network. Let’s just hope that Light Squared and its even newer LTE network makes AT&T’s look slow with equipment that gets faster from deployment to deployment. The HTC Holiday / HTC Waikiki is an Android device that is rumored to be one of the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices along with the Verizon Droid Prime, which up until this point we have known as the Samsung Nexus Prime.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 29th, 2011 at 6:11 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Droid Prime launching on Verizon Wireless exclusively in October
For months now we have been following the rumors about the Samsung Nexus Prime which is supposed to be Google’s next pure Android experience NFC smartphone that features Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. This last week, we reported that Verizon was passing on the legendary Samsung Galaxy S II and we are now starting to understand why. BGR, who first broke the Samsung Droid Prime story back in June and who has posted news about the device ever since, has reported that Verizon Wireless is launching the phone we have known as the Samsung Nexus Prime – and which we are now learning will be called the Samsung Droid Prime – in October. The information given is reported to be from a Verizon insider who suggested that “Verizon doesn’t think the Samsung GALAXY S II will be competitive with the iPhone 5 when it launches.” The source didn’t want to be named for obvious reasons, but this latest rumor makes sense in not only giving a real competitor to the iPhone 4S of iPhone 5, but also in staying in front of AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 27th, 2011 at 1:14 PM Filed Under Latest News, Reviews
Samsung Nexus Prime NFC phone confirmed by Samsung in cease and desist legal letter
Well, if there was any doubt left out there that the Samsung Nexus Prime, Google Android pure experience NFC phone, existed that appear to have all but melted. Rumors surrounding the existence of the Samsung Nexus Prime have been circulating for months now and with the expected launch of the next rendition of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, the likelihood of a new Google phone is high. Many rumors are just that, myths that in a Chinese whisper fashion roam from tech blog to tech blog and become bigger as they go. Even mainstream media gets involved with the speculation of mobile devices including well respected newspapers. It is up to the savvy reader to discern fact from fiction and to always treat information with a pinch of salt until multiple sources begin to backup the original rumor. Whether that be in the form of photographs of phones, phone parts or confirmation of component orders that manufacturers have received, spotting a rumor that has some backbone isn’t hard. Do you know what is better than all of the previous list in confirming a rumor? When the OEM accidentally outs itself as has happened with the Samsung Nexus Prime NFC phone.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 26th, 2011 at 4:09 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
HTC Holiday to be an Android NFC phone?
Will we see an HTC Holiday NFC phone for the holidays? Recent rumors suggesting HTC is readying a new superphone have been bouncing around for sometime. However, in an interesting twist International Business Times (IBT) posted an article yesterday claiming that it is aware of rumors that suggest that the HTC Holiday is an NFC phone. If the rumors are correct, this will mean we can add yet another Android NFC phone to the list of fall releases which starts to allow Google pull away from competitors with regards to NFC support. That said, both Nokia and BlackBerry certainly haven’t been devoid of spreading some NFC love, but their phones currently do not support NFC payments, where Android NFC phones are expected to. We had seen the photos of the HTC Holiday a while back and quite frankly, it didn’t catch our attention because of its lack of NFC capabilities, but this new rumored phone has our ears pricked and our gaze widened now.
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 08th, 2011 at 6:52 AM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules variant heading to T-Mobile US and Telus
Breaking news this morning is that the Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules variant has been snapped and is definitely heading to T-Mobile. PocketNow and TMONews separately snagged images of the device that’s said to beat them all. It has also been confirmed that the Samsung Hercules is indeed a Samsung Galaxy S II variant. As it stands, we’ll not see any LTE for this beast and we’ll have to make do with HSPA+ and 42Mbps which isn’t too shabby at all. As you will see from the back shot in the images, the phone clearly states it’s a GSII variant.
Update on Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules specifications
Okay, for us here at NFC Rumors the concerning news is a lack of news. Not in any report that is surfacing this morning is there any mention of NFC. The rumors from back in May suggested the Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules would be an NFC phone and now that little detail appears to have dropped off the map. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules could always still ship with NFC but we will just have to wait and keep our ears to the ground for more details as and when they emerge.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 06th, 2011 at 10:30 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Hercules NFC phone caught on camera, arriving on Telus soon?
We have been wondering when and where the Samsung Hercules NFC phone would show. The trail had gone a little cold over the last few weeks and so it was time for one of those leaks that just happens to be picture perfect, to get us gadget lovers talking about the thought of holding a 4.5 inch power slate so anticipation can be built. The photo snapper who caught this shot is Ian Hardy over at MobileSyrup. And where would you think such a beast would choose to be caught on camera? Yup, Canada of course. Land of maple leaves, Tim Hortons and occasional sightings of mythical creatures and now a demigod embodied Android super NFC phone. We must find out where in Canada to go for sightings.
Samsung Hercules NFC phone rumored specifications
If the rumors are true, the Samsung Hercules NFC phone is as strong inside as its namesake and isn’t struggling in the looks department either. Reports differ on the processor speed – some say the Samsung Hercules rocks a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 thinker, while more recent rumors suggest that the gods have passed on a little more speed and that the phone will slipstream with a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon speedster.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 02nd, 2011 at 10:31 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Epic Touch 4G aka Samsung Galaxy S II launches September on Sprint, NFC?
New Samsung Epic Touch 4G name news, but nothing on NFC. Not to confuse you, but the Samsung Epic Touch 4G, which was rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Within, is in fact the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint variant. Got that? Good. The by now legendary Samsung Galaxy S II phone is “today” rumored to be launched in September, just before the iPhone 4s, which could also be known as the iPhone 5, is due to hit the market. Are all the manufacturers and mobile network operators just messing with us? It is expected to take the awful naming convention of its predecessor and be crowned the Samsung Epic Touch 4G, a name by all accounts that seems to rip the sexiness out of the slate all together. Ah, but a name is not everything.
Does the Samsung Epic Touch 4G come laden with NFC?
We have had three names so far, nasty photographs with the Samsung Epic Touch 4G touting a QWERTY keyboard which turned out not to be the Samsung Galaxy S II at all, and a plethora of FCC filings. All that and we still have no idea if the Sprint version of the phone will come endowed with NFC. After all this time waiting for this phone to launch and supposing that it may not have NFC, we have to ask – is the Samsung Epic Touch 4G going to be the landslide that it would have been a few months ago? The Samsung Epic Touch 4G was first shown at CES early this year and blew everything else away, and whereas it is still a very capable phone, it may be aging before it even launches if it doesn’t come with an NFC chip inside.
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 19th, 2011 at 2:31 PM Filed Under Galleries, Rumor, Videos
Galaxy S II spotted and is heading to Sprint as the Galaxy S Within, but is it the NFC i9101?
The CDMA Samsung Galaxy S Within i9101, or as we more commonly know it, Samsung Galaxy S II, has been spotted all dressed up and ready to roll with Sprint branding. The Galaxy S II has certainly taken its sweet time to get here after launching in Korea ages ago and in the UK in June. The rumor has indicated that the smartphone will be available on the “Now Network” on July 24th, from an uncertain Sprint employee. So, your oh so long wait could be over and you may well be walking around with the Galaxy S Within your pocket. Another piece of related news is that the Samsung Galaxy S Within is said to ship with Android 2.3.4, so it would presumably support Google Talk video chat straight out of the gate. From the leaked photographs, we see that the camera housing has changed shape from a rectangular opening to an oval one.We also see a large Sprint logo adorning the back of the case, but what we don’t see is the FCC certification. If the phone is indeed due to launch on the 24th of this month, we would expect to see it come through the FCC soon.
Is the Galaxy S Within, the i9101 NFC phone?
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether the U.S. launch of the Galaxy S Within is in fact the Galaxy S II GT-i9101 NFC smartphone. Some media outlets are swearing that it is the NFC variant of the by now legendary superphone but there has been no evidence surface to confirm this. Other rumors are suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9101 is due to be released in the UK by the end of this month, which if true, does add credence to the possibility that the Sprint Galaxy S Within could well be the i9101.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 12th, 2011 at 3:22 PM Filed Under Rumor
Samsung Romania may have unwittingly confirmed Google Nexus Prime rumors
Did Samsung just out itself with regards to the rumored Google Nexus Prime NFC phone? It may well have on its Romanian Twitter feed, what seemingly confirms the existence of the Nexus Prime NFC beast. Oh, how we love sharp eyed reporters and PR faux-pas early in the morning! The Romanian paper, Ziarul Financiar recently mirrored trusted rumors that BGR had received and the Samsung Romania PR team tweeted the article on Twitter. Why would they do that if there was no truth in the rumor? Ha! Caught red-handed. Whether or not this is a misstep, it appears to the outside world to confirm the rumor. The Google Nexus Prime tweets have since been removed but we have a screenshot after the break for your viewing pleasure.
Posted by Thomas GamboaJuly 06th, 2011 at 4:41 PM Filed Under NFC Infographics, Rumor
Will Apple release an NFC enabled iPhone 5 or iPad 3?
We here at NFC Rumors have speculated for a while about Apple’s potential release of an NFC-enabled iPhone 5 or iPad 3. There are signs pointing in both directions, but really – what are the chances?
What are the chances that Apple will release an NFC-enabled iPhone 5 or iPad 3?
Apple hasn’t yet released an NFC-enabled iPhone 5 or iPad 3, and nobody is quite sure if or when they will. There are speculations that Apple is developing their own platform for mobile commerce that will tie into iTunes, but we have concerns on how this will influence the marketplace and NFC adoption rates. There is no doubt that tech savvy consumers are going to compose the first batch of NFC enthusiasts; in fact, they are already forming lines. So, if Apple doesn’t release an NFC-enabled iPhone 5 or iPad 3, it could split the market intensely.
Oh, so you want an NFC enabled iPhone 5 or iPad 3?
The chances of Apple releasing NFC-enabled iPhone 5 or iPad 3 are illustrated in our snazzy infographic seen below. With all of the rumors going around, we felt obligated to live up to our namesake and really get those rumors disseminated.