In our fourth edition of the “How it Works” series, we’re going to talk about NFC, or near field communication, a technology that’s being adopted by more and more smartphone and tablet makers and mobile operators.
When talking about NFC use in the mobile ecosystem, you’re going to hear the term paired with mobile payments most of the time, because that may be one of its most important uses in the future. But there are other NFC uses on mobile devices you should be aware of, some of which are already available to Android device owners.What is NFC?
So you know what NFC stands for, but what is it really about and how does it work? Near field communication, is a [...]
Sprint’s recently launched HTC EVO 4G LTE appears to have a Google Wallet problem, and, while some people may have pointed the finger at the carrier for the mobile payment woes, it would appear that it’s a software glitch that’s causing all the commotion.
Google has confirmed to The Verge that the various errors with Google Wallet, including a notification that says the service is not certified “in your country or on your device / carrier” are caused by a software issue with the phone’s NFC chip.
The company is working with HTC and Sprint to solve the problem, and a software update is going to be rolled out at some point in the [...]
Although Google Wallet is one the services that the search engine giant is aggressively trying to push to more and more users (you can read more about using your smartphone as a paying method in this previous article), it sure looks like there are a lot of obstacles that Google will have to overcome before we can talk about Wallet as a full-fledged paying solution.
With that in mind, I’m here to report about a recent problem that has been reported by owners of the newly launched Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE when trying to access Google’s Wallet app. If up until a few days ago the app would freeze with a confusing “adding prepaid card” dialogue before prompting the user to try [...]
Admit it, we all feel slightly annoyed when the person in front of us at the checkout line pulls out cash from their wallet. We are living in a day and age when paying with “plastic” has become the norm. An even simpler solution that is slowly gaining popularity is the option to pay via smartphone. All you have to do is scan the device at checkout, which has your credit card or debit card information pre-loaded, and you’re done! Of course, it took a long time for the general population to accept card payments as a viable option as well, and only now is there a growing public support for the smartphone pay system.Google Wallet 2.0 in the works
Sprint’s eco-friendly entry-level LG Optimus Elite might not have been on top of many wish lists when it started selling a few weeks back, but since Virgin Mobile started offering the phone, things seem to have changed a bit.
The Elite’s initial stocks on Virgin were sold out in the preorder phase, and now you have two more reasons to want the device. Worry not, though, because the carrier’s website appears to have enough phones this time around to satisfy demand!
The two deals offered by LG, Virgin, and Google will fill your virtual pockets with no less than $60, which means that you will actually pay only 90 bucks for the SIM-free Optimus Elite.
By now, we should have been able to make contactless payments with pretty much any mobile phone, at just about any supermarket or restaurant. Or at least that’s what many of us expected for 2012. Unfortunately, NFC payment technology has been slow to progress over the past couple of years.
There are still relatively few smartphones enabled for NFC use, while mobile payment systems, like Google Wallet, have been experiencing security issues of all sorts. However, we have some good news to report today on this front – MasterCard has announced the certification of 17 new smartphones for its PayPass Ready program.
By far, the most [...]
The Galaxy Nexus is still one of the best Android smartphones out there, although we are closing in on six months since the device made its debut. As you probably know, this week Google has started selling the Nexus on its Play Store. Available for just $399.99, which is less than what Amazon and other retailers are charging for the phone, the Galaxy Nexus comes with the same winning hardware, but with tweaks in the software department.
Running the Android 4.0.4 “takju” build, the Nexus now comes with native Google Wallet support. Sure, Google’s payment service hasn’t been doing that great lately, with several safety issues reported and even a [...]
Cash? Forget it. Credit cards? How dated. More than two thirds of technology insiders believe that paying with smartphones will overtake both credit card payments and cash payments by the year 2020. Incredible as it may sound, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology is expected to build enough inertia over the this decade to cement its role in our daily lives. Is this possible? Read on. Governments love this stuff!
The survey – conducted by the Pew Research Center and Elon Univeristy – noted that most companies already involved in financial services market will try to resist the shift towards NFC technology to avoid losing market share. That [...]
Google Wallet, the mobile payment platform that Google launched in May 2011, has had a very tough time lately, facing serious security problems, carrier rejection, and an unexpectedly strong competition from PayPal.
The latest update on Google Wallet is a classic good news/bad news scenario – the fledgling mobile payment system received yet another painful blow, this time from the inside, but is still inching forward, with the acquiring of TxVIA, a small, but well-established payment processing company.
Let’s discuss this mixed bag of news on Google Wallet and try to find out if the mobile payment system has a shot at being alive and kicking in, [...]
“Make your phone your wallet” is the popular tag line used by Google to entice consumers to use Google Wallet, its digital payment system. Is “Make your phone your bank” the next step in this technological rat race?
Imagine a future where employees receive their paychecks by swiping their phones over an NFC (Near Field Communication) sensor on their way out of the office, where getting on a bus involves pointing your phone at a machine, and paying for lunch implies a swipe of your smartphone, and maybe a review on yelp.com. On the flip side, that’s also a future where late-night muggers intimidate their victims with a snarled “Give me your phone and no one has to [...]