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Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 16th, 2011 at 12:17 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News, Rumor
Nokia Wallet is happening as final negotiations with JP Morgan Chase are taking place, NFC payments for Windows Phone 7?
NFC Rumors has received exclusive information about Nokia planning the final stages of the Nokia Wallet. This information comes from another trusted source to NFC Rumors that has told us that Nokia is in the final stages of negotiating with JP Morgan Chase to act as the banking arm of the Nokia Wallet.
We heard that Nokia was planning its own Nokia Wallet or NFC mobile wallet weeks ago, but we didn’t have anything concrete enough to report it to our NFC readers. That has since changed. We are now being told that negotiations are in the final stages and that Nokia is likely to go through with this partnership. This new revelation will change the wallet wars and has various connotations that we can now explore.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 13th, 2011 at 1:41 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Videos
Nokia NFC Luna Bluetooth Headset
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 05th, 2011 at 10:06 AM Filed Under Latest News
Nokia Qt SDK gets updated with support for NFC for Symbian and Meego
Nokia has updated its Qt SDK with support for NFC-based apps for both Symbian and Meego operating systems. Nokia has supported NFC with the C7, N9, Nokia 701, Nokia 700 and Nokia 600 but NFC apps in the Ovi store are still light on the ground. Nokia hasn’t supported NFC payments in any phone yet with the distinct lack of a Secure Element, but that still leaves a lot that can be done by innovative NFC apps.
The latest Qt SDK update, developers can now create and test apps for Symbian smartphones and the Nokia N9 in the same environment. The SDK also allows developers to simulate NFC tags in a virtual environment and create events around them. However, developers should also be aware that Meego as an OS is no longer and Symbian is in its death throes. Apps developed for the five Nokia NFC phones will have a limited shelf life, which will probably be in line with contracts consumers have with the phones.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 03rd, 2011 at 9:14 AM Filed Under Latest News
Nokia says Symbian Belle and its NFC prowess to hit India by end of year
Nokia is planning on deploying Symbian Belle and its NFC capabilities to Indian handsets before the end of the year. Many of Nokia’s phones in India that are not capable of NFC are many of those are currently running on Symbian Anna, but news that has broken within the last few days reveals that Nokia plans to get Symbian Belle installed on NFC capable smartphones by the end of 2011. This news about Symbian Belle came directly from the Vice President and Managing Director of the company in India, D Shivakumar
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 30th, 2011 at 12:44 PM Filed Under Latest News
Nokia launches NFC Device Kit, kills Symbian but you can still invest
Nokia must have some Nokia C7 handsets kicking around that they want rid of because they have just started to offer them in an NFC Device Kit for Symbian. The irony of Nokia killing its development of the Symbian platform and the asking developers to develop NFC applications while it’s in its death throws isn’t lost on us or developers. But let’s assume it’s worth it to you to develop apps that will have no market in a year or two, let’s see what Espoo is offering.
Nokia NFC Device Kit details
First thing’s first, only registered Nokia developers can buy the NFC Device Kit. The company explains that where as there may be simulators and emulators, there is nothing like having the real device in your hands when debugging. This is true. Without the real handset you have no way of knowing how accurately that specific representation of the the user experience will be.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 21st, 2011 at 9:52 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release, Videos
Adobe Flash Player 11 & AIR 3 now support NFC for pairing and potentially payments
We knew that the new version of Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 would finally getting Flash on to the iPad and iPhone, but what we didn’t know until recently was Adobe has built in some NFC goodness too! Games and video playback can benefit from NFC. Switching from an iPad to a PC or from a phone to a tablet, saving game play where you left off or handing a video over at the exact moment you stopped watching on one device, so it starts playing on the next device all becomes reality by allowing NFC and Flash work together. Adobe hasn’t really elaborated much on exactly what functions will be available or whether its support for NFC includes emulation, peer-to-peer and, of course, read / write.
From what we can tell based on one small paragraph of text which refers to NFC support, AIR 3 allows developers to use existing code libraries with deep native hardware and OS capabilities. As well as the usual slew of sensors including gyroscopes, magnetometers, light sensors, etc.), multiple screens, native in-app payments, haptic/vibration control, device status, the new development Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will add NFC (Near Field Communications) to that list. Check out the videos below to see it in action.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 18th, 2011 at 1:57 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Nokia 700 & Nokia 701 Symbian Belle NFC phones now shipping
Nokia announced that it has started shipping two of its new NFC phones this week. The news came from Twitter a couple of days ago and confirmed that the Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 NFC phones have started shipping, although the tweet didn’t go into where the phones are being shipped to in a global sense.
When the Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 NFC phones were announced with their sibling the Nokia 600, which also boasts NFC, the company said that the 700 and 701 would be heading Stateside. We aren’t sure whether that means that the phone has an MNO deal just yet. At the announcement, Nokia also intimated that the all three Symbian Belle phones would be released during the third quarter which is now coming to an end considering we are half way through September. All we can do is curse Twitter and its 140 character limit.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 12th, 2011 at 10:30 AM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
NFC Fruit Ninja game joins Angry Birds Magic and is preinstalled on Nokia NFC phones
NFC gaming is coming of age and that becomes more poignant as Halfbrick Studios releases an NFC version of their hit Fruit Ninja game for Symbian Belle Nokia NFC phones. Noknok reported back at the end of August that both Angry Birds Magic and NFC Fruit Ninja will come pre-installed on all Symbian Belle Nokia NFC phones. That at the moment includes the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 NFC phones. The concept of using NFC to share gaming isn’t new. In fact, even when we go back to the MIT video which showed a day with NFC we saw NFC gaming played on a subway.
However it has taken until 2011 for that dream of NFC-enabled games to hit phones and games like NFC Fruit Ninja are creating a lot of excitement among gamers. Rovio’s Angry Birds Magic NFC game was the first to be announced and was made available to Nokia C7, or Nokia Astound as its known here in the States, owners.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 11th, 2011 at 2:18 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC pairs the Nokia BH-505 Bluetooth headset to your NFC phone and joins Nokia’s growing collection of NFC-enabled headsets
Nokia has yet another NFC / Bluetooth headset to add to its growing collection. Earlier this week we brought you the news about the potential sighting of the Nokia 801 NFC phone in a video shown at the IFA trade show in Berlin. In that video we got a couple of glimpses of the Nokia BH-505 NFC pairing Bluetooth headset. The Nokia BH-505 was announced back in May, but we really haven’t seen anything more about it here in the States. It has been available in Europe for some time and is for sale in the United States. Nokia didn’t really market this NFC headset, so for many of you this could be the first time you have heard about them. A few weeks ago Nokia enabled the NFC in the Nokia C7 NFC phone with a Symbian Anna update and now the Nokia BH-505 is becoming useful in a whole new way.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 06th, 2011 at 10:37 PM Filed Under Latest News
Nedap enables 50,000 Dutch Nurses to use NFC phones on a daily basis
This last week Nedap passed a milestone that pretty no other organization can match when the number of nurses in the Netherlands that use NFC phones daily exceeded 50,000, reported M.O.R. When we think of NFC trials and services we imagine them happening within the last couple of years, however, Nedap have been deploying NFC phones to nurses for the past 10 years. The original field trial was put together with Nokia, Samsung and of course, Nedap, the Netherlands based security and identification specialist firm. The project has continued to a point that the team have trialled five generations of NFC phones. These NFC phones include the Nokia 3220-NFC, Nokia 6131-NFC, Nokia 6312-NFC, Samsung S5230-Star-NFC and currently now in use is the Samsung Star S2 and the Nokia C7. It’s amazing to think that OEMs are struggling to get NFC phones to market when Nokia and Samsung trail blazed NFC phones ten years ago.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 29th, 2011 at 4:04 PM Filed Under Latest News
Nokia commits to NFC in all mobile phones from now on including upcoming WP7 phones
Nokia has installed NFC chips in all of the phones the Finnish handset maker has launched this year – the Nokia C7 / Astound and the Nokia N9. Nokia just this last week also announced the Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and the Nokia 701 which all feature NFC (near field communications). So far, in the new NFC phone market Nokia, and to a lesser extent BlackBerry, have been the biggest manufacturers to embrace near field communications technology in their phones. However, Nokia has been playing with NFC for years and have been involved in multiple use case projects. The company has recently also launched its NFC-Hub website that concentrates on the marketing uses for NFC. This supported the Museum of London in enabling visitors to learn more and hear the sounds of London using NFC phones and NFC tags to provide immersive experiences. Nokia at this point is famed for now including NFC payments secure elements as they want to concentrate on NFC’s other capabilities that include content sharing, content marketing and social NFC.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 26th, 2011 at 11:07 AM Filed Under Latest News
NFC is enabled on your Nokia, now what? Start by downloading Xchange NFC app from the Ovi store!
Nokia has been at the forefront of NFC for some time. Just yesterday Nokia announced three new NFC smartphones to join its Nokia C7 / Astound and the sought after Nokia N9. The new Nokia 700, Nokia 701 & Nokia 600 are launching imminently and users are asking, “What can I do with NFC?” The answer is a lot. Nokia itself has released its Nokia Essence earbuds that pair with Bluetooth using NFC, the Play 360 NFC speakers and a couple of media receivers that allow you to connect the tunes on your phone with a home cinema system. Games are available with NFC features and more are in development, and data and file exchanges just got a little taste of frictionless NFC goodness too.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 24th, 2011 at 7:38 PM Filed Under Videos
Nokia Essence Stereo Headset that uses NFC to pair with Bluetooth announced
It’s been quite the day for Nokia and NFC as it announced three new NFC phones – its new Symbian Belle mobile OS, which is riddled with NFC features, and here we have the Nokia Essence Stereo Headset which uses NFC to pair with Bluetooth. We think think these new headphones were inspired by the Nokia 600 NFC phone that was announced earlier today, because it is being promoted as a music focused smartphone. Aside from being NFC-enabled and the first NFC headphones on the market, these little ear buds have some pretty neat features outside of NFC.
Nokia Essence Stereo Headset Features and NFC pairing
If you read our last post, you will already know that Symbian Belle has been given a lot of room to shine when it comes to NFC . One area of NFC that is yet to see a lot of development is speakers, earbuds, earphones and media receivers that use NFC to hand over to Bluetooth. Nokia has, in fact, been at the forefront of that move and outside of the electronics company, Parrot is the only outfit we know of who have released NFC audio pairing devices. After the N9 was announced, Nokia showed us the 360 play speakers which you can see in the video below and a couple of NFC media receivers.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 24th, 2011 at 4:31 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Nokia Symbian Belle announced with NFC features for new Nokia 700, 701 and 600 plus many more Nokia smartphones
The Nokia news is coming hard and fast today, and joining Nokia’s new NFC phone is the latest, greatest and probably last rendition of the once mighty Symbian mobile OS. Nokia announced Symbian Belle today exactly as it promised on its Facebook page earlier this week. This new upgrade news comes just over one week after the Nokia C7 Astound, Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7 got access to Symbian Anna and the C7 had its NFC turned on for the first time. Nokia’s Symbian Belle builds on those strengths and then some, so let’s look at what’s new.
Nokia Symbian Belle features
The first thing to know is that many of the new features revolve around NFC. Not all the phones that will be eligible for the Symbian Belle upgrade will have an NFC chip installed so obviously won’t be able to benefit from that specific set of functions. First out of the gate is Symbian’s new 6 home screen setup which works very much like an iPhone’s different screens for you to store apps and widgets. The second new feature is the dynamic widgets which ships with live widgets for chat, email and social updates that are housed straight on one of those six new fancy home screens.
Nokia announces three new NFC phones the Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 all toting Symbian Belle
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 24th, 2011 at 2:06 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Press Release, Videos
Nokia announces three new NFC phones the Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 all toting Symbian Belle
Nokia today trotted out not one, not two, but three new NFC phones. The Nokia 700, the Nokia 701 and the Nokia 600 are official and are all touting Symbian Belle and are all NFC smartphones. We have covered all of these NFC phones in our rumors over the last couple of months, but it’s great to see them all come to market with a bang. Whereas the specifications hadn’t altered much from the leaked roadmap we reported on a month or so ago, there are certainly more details available starting with the release date. Nokia has said that the NFC phones will be released in the third quarter and we have heard that it could be as soon as the next few days when we get some carrier details. These may be the last days of Symbian and a non-Microsoft Nokia, but it appears they are going out with a bang. So, without further ado let’s get down to the nitty gritty details you love.
Nokia 700 / Nokia Zeta NFC phone
Up until today, we have known the Nokia 700 as the Zeta. Nokia is claiming that the Nokia 700 NFC phone is the world’s most compact monoblock smartphone. With dimensions of only 50 cubic centimeters, weighing 96gm and at 110 x 50.7 x 9.7 mm, it isn’t going to weigh you down or bulge your pockets.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 18th, 2011 at 3:35 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Symbian Anna available for download brings NFC to C7 Astound
We reported that the C7 Astound would have its Symbian Anna NFC chip turned on some time ago. It’s taken its sweet time but Nokia today released its Symbian Anna update for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7. We, however, are only interested in one of those phones and the new NFC capability that the update brings. The Nokia C7 / Astound has been the equivalent of a flightless bird since launch. It has the NXP NFC chip inside but that chip has been well and truly powered off until today. Owners of the Nokia C7 Astound can now start to enjoy some of the benefits that Symbian Anna and NFC have to offer inclusive of the NFC-enabled Angry Birds game. NFC tags have also become readable and writable as well as a whole host of other uses. What won’t be available is mobile payments. The Nokia C7 Astound doesn’t have a secure element built in, nor does it have support for any other form of secure element to be added. With other NFC phones, microSD and NFC SIM cards can be added but Nokia is championing NFC without payments at this time, and from what we have heard won’t change that stance until Windows Phone 8 is launched next year when Nokia is widely expected to launch NFC WP8 phones with NFC secure elements which will probably come from NXP.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 15th, 2011 at 4:43 PM Filed Under Latest News
The Museum of London gets NFC with help from Nokia
Something old, something new, that’s what you can expect to experience at the Museum of London from now on as NFC tag technology acts as a real world “read more” button on exhibits. Sometimes we sound like a broken record talking up how broad in scope the uses for NFC are, but on days like today when we see institutions carrying the gauntlet and putting their exhibits where their NFC phones are, it all becomes worthwhile. The London Museum has started to implement NFC tags to allow visitors with NFC capable phones to find out about exhibits and learn about what’s new and / or old.
Marketing Manager of the Museum of London, Vicky Lee shared, “NFC Technology has the potential to change how we interact with our visitors. By simply touching tags located throughout both our venues, visitors can delve deeper into London’s story in an immediate and engaging way, plus keep in touch with us by following the museum online.”
So, extended information, social engagement and a more immersive experience await visitors to the Museum of London from now on. Everyday we seem to have another announcement about a new NFC phone that is rumored, hitting a mobile network operator or is already on the market.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 14th, 2011 at 11:11 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC software is half baked and has exceedingly bad performance
NFC Rumors has learned that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 has issues when it comes to its NFC capabilities. Our source who wishes to remain anonymous and who is close to the matter, told NFC Rumors that AT&T and Vodafone may be blocking NFC on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for reasons other than or on top of the company’s individual joint venture plans. It was just yesterday that we reported that AT&T in the US and Vodafone in the UK were blocking NFC at the software level and that there was no apparent reason for the move. At the time, the evidence appeared to point at NFC wallet control as the reasoning behind the move but we have since learned the rabbit hole goes a whole lot deeper than that. We are about to completely reverse what we reported just yesterday. We have been told that mobile network operators have server concerns about the NFC performance of the BlackBerry Bold and Curve.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC format and tag problems
Our source speaking about the BlackBerry Bold reported,”This would actually be protecting the consumer (and the NFC industry) from a really disappointing first experience with NFC.” So, what we can take from this is that the issue may be with the Blackberry Bold 9900, and the mobile network operators may, in fact, not want to have have an NFC phone with such poor capabilities defining what an NFC experience is. First impressions last, and it sounds as if the mobile network operators have higher standards than RIM in this area. Our source went on to explain further regarding the issues that could have contributed to the carrier’s decisions. As we remove our proverbial foot out of our mouths, it actually turns out that the carriers may well have been acting in the best interests of consumers after all.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 09th, 2011 at 9:41 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Nokia N9 NFC phone to give America and potentially UK a miss
We have been covering the Nokia N9 NFC phone for quite sometime. Nokia’s first and last MeeGo NFC phone made quite the stir when it was introduced, and many people have been waiting in anticipation for its release here in the United States. The guys over at Engadget have been trying every trick in the book to get Nokia to let us all know about a definite release date, as we already know Sweden and Switzerland have theirs and today they got some bad news. Nokia got back to them and said that they had no plans to launch the Nokia N9 NFC phone in the US.
Nokia said, “After the very positive reception to the launch of the Nokia N9, the product is now being rolled out in countries around the world. At this time we will not be making it available in the US. Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout, and each country makes its own decisions about which products to introduce from those available. Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s extensive product portfolio and the best way in which to address local market opportunities.”
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 01st, 2011 at 12:46 PM Filed Under Latest News
NXP says 60 NFC phones in development for 2011
NXP Semiconductors is working with manufacturers to develop 60 – 62 NFC phones that could hit the market in 2011
NXP Semiconductors is the largest NFC chip provider on the market, but not the only player in the market; and if they are working on 60 – 62 NFC phones with manufacturers, their competitors will be working on others. That suggests we may well see a boon of NFC phones hitting the market this year. We don’t need to tell you that 60 NFC phones in the marketplace is a lot and could alleviate a lot of the frustration developers, payments companies and anyone else in NFC have had about having NFC phones available and in consumers’ hands. NXP shared this information on their second quarter earnings call to investors and analysts on Friday.
Sony Ericsson and ZTE are names that have been consistently mentioned as being likely candidates for NXP to be working with, and Nokia’s NFC phones are already known to benefit from the company’s NFC chips. The Google Nexus S was obviously the most widely covered NFC phone that NXP first became renowned for back in May, but it hasn’t all gone to plan.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 29th, 2011 at 10:50 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Poken helping Nokia with its NFC vision
Nokia and Switzerland-based startup Poken have teamed up to bring everything NFC, aside from payments, to Nokia’s product offerings. Nokia has been playing around with NFC for years now but in the last few months has become serious about bringing the technology to the masses. We have seen phones released, announced or rumored such as the Nokia C7 / Astound, the Nokia N9, N5, Zeta and Cindy. Yes, Nokia is chasing the NFC opportunity with great gusto and to help it become a formidable force with NFC it has partnered with a couple of firms. We already know that the Norfolk based firm Proxama, who has worked with Nokia to bring NFC sweetness to its NFC smartphones. But now we learn about a bigger part of its strategy that involves Poken.
Nokia has stayed away from NFC mobile wallets and so has Poken
Over the next 18 months, Nokia is projected to ship more than 100 million NFC-enabled smartphones globally. So far all Nokia phones have shipped without secure elements or support for the Single Wire Protocol (SWP), which would provide support for an NFC SIM issued by a mobile network operator, mobile payments are off the table.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 17th, 2011 at 5:12 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
Nokia C7 Astound to get NFC turned on in August update. Nokia goes NFC crazy and launches NFC hub!
The wait is nearly over for Nokia C7 Astound owners to have NFC turned on thanks to an update that Nokia is prepping to send out in July or August. Angry Bird Magic players celebrate.
The Nokia C7 Astound has been on sale since late last year and was quietly reputed as being an NFC phone. Since then, many Nokia C7 Astound owners have searched on methods to enable the NFC portion of their phones to no avail because the Nokia C7 Astound NFC card had not been activated by software. That appears to be set to change either this or next month as part of an update to the Symbian Anna OS.
Nokia begins its NFC campaign with the Nokia C7 Astound and the Nokia N9 this year
We have known that Nokia has been supportive of NFC for some time and this was confirmed when the Nokia C7 Astound was released. Since then, the Nokia N9 has been announced with accompanying Nokia’s Play 360 Bluetooth NFC Speakers and the Nokia Wireless Music Receiver MD-310 that both feature NFC connections that hand off to Bluetooth. Since then, we have also seen the unannounced Nokia Zeta NFC phone that takes on a smaller form factor and runs on the newest Symbian OS Belle.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 14th, 2011 at 9:17 PM Filed Under Galleries, Rumor, Videos
WP7 NFC phone rumors
Okay, so it starts – let the WP7NFC phone rumors commence. Since the back end of March, rumors have been circulating that Microsoft is planning to go into the NFC payments market, but until now there has been nary a word about what WP7 phones would enable this to happen. What is known at this point is that Japan has more NFC phones than you could shake a stick at, so perhaps it is no surprise that WP7 NFC phone rumors are linked to current Japanese NFC phones.
In Japan, many manufacturers have NFC phones on the market including Toshiba, Sharp and Fujitsu to name just a few. Most are based on the Android platform and have been steadily released since late last year. As an illustration of just how many NFC phones the Japanese have, take a look at a listing of phones on three of the country’s carriers.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 06th, 2011 at 12:44 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
NFC Phones roundup
It has been an active few weeks of NFC Phones announced with even more rumors, and it is easy to forget what NFC smartphones we may actually have coming our way. Just a little over a month ago, the only NFC Phones that were actually for sale were the Google Nexus S in the US and the Samsung Tocco in the UK. Since then, we have seen the Nokia C7 / Astound released and we also learned it doesn’t have a secure element. So let’s look at the 14 NFC Phones that are available or could come our way in the not so distant future.
NFC Phones available today
The pickings are still slim for NFC phones that are available today, but the list is growing.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 29th, 2011 at 10:06 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC Murder Mystery using NFC smartposters
No need to ask who dunnit, we’ll just straight out tell you. It was Proxama in the UK who, with the Nokia C7, Proxama developed an NFC Murder Mystery event based game to showcase the sheer amount of potential uses NFC could be tailored to. Of course, you and I saw Google IO and the NFC capabilities in games, but that still didn’t show how games could be constructed for offline scenarios like Proxama’s NFC Murder Mystery, which it demoed at the Norfolk Network birthday party. For those who live outside of the UK, Norfolk is a County in East Anglia which is east of London and north of neighboring County Suffolk, full of country farm houses and mansions and perfect for NFC Murder Mystery.
Proxama are a solutions company who have become synonymous with NFC, rewards and payments after working on some high profile gigs for BT and MasterCard. However, the British company is certainly not limited to financial experiences and have worked on projects as diverse and wide in scope as payments and ticketing, retail experiences utilizing NFC, and information and service discovery apps where you can interact with companies you deal with by securely logging into your account. The company says on its website that it has been working with NFC since 2005, and although the technology is quite a few years older than that, it pretty much sets them apart in the end user solution developer arena. But we are not here to talk about that; we are here to find out about the NFC Murder Mystery game that sounds a lot like Clue…