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 [...]
More and more smartphones will come with support for NFC technology in the future – short for near field communication – as companies such as Google, Microsoft, wireless carriers and others become more interested in offering NFC features including mobile payments to their customers.
A new report from Fierce Wireless reveals that NFC adoption is on the rise in Europe as well, with over 1 million NFC-enabled handsets sold in less than two years. The technology is supported by four carriers in the region, including Orange, SFR (Vodafone), Bouygues Telecom and NRJ Mobile, which hope to have around 2.5 million NFC-ready smartphones in use [...]
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 [...]
German security researcher Thomas Skora has developed an app that can read the details off a contactless credit / bank card using an NFC-enabled (near field communications) handset. The app, which appeared briefly in Google Play before Google removed it, can read the card number, issue date, expiry date, and bank code from contactless cards.
Skora was only able to test his app using German PayPass Mastercards, but it is also believed to work on Germany’s popular GeldKarte. However, the technology behind the different cards is very similar, and if he managed it with one bank’s card then it is probably possible with them all! Once news broke [...]
The Galaxy S3 is only the latest of a (limited) series of Samsung phones that come with near field communication, or NFC, support. The wireless tech is mostly used these days to enable mobile payments on such Android smartphones, with Google being one of the many promoters of this new payment technology.
But Samsung has other plans in mind for its NFC phones, as the company has created a new disposable accessory for these devices, the Samsung TecTile, which is essentially a NFC-based app shortcut / action trigger.
The TecTiles, which will be available in stores when the Galaxy S3 launches, come in packs of five stickers and are priced [...]
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
We’re still out of breath from marveling at the awesomeness that is LG LS970 — aka the Eclipse — and its mind-blowing specs. It looks like the excitement won’t end there. Brief Mobile has received yet more details of the phone that’s enough to seal its place in our heart as “the next phone to be fawned over for the next couple of months” – now that both Samsung and HTC have released their flagship offerings.
While earlier pictures showed the back of the LG LS970 and had folks making assumptions that it’d come with an embedded battery, a new image reveals that it might not be the case after all. The [...]
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 [...]
In a previous article we published a few days back, we talked about how smartphone payments are expected to replace cash and credit cards as the main payment method by the end of this decade. Following up, if a recent report from Reuters is to be believed, Canada is poised to be there first, as the invasion of smartphone payments is expected to commence there as soon as by the end of this year.
According to Reuters, Canada is currently the leader in developing smartphone payment methods, a title won thanks to the high number of retailers and smartphone owners that have adopted NFC technology. According to Richard McLaughlin, senior vice-president for global products [...]
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 [...]