5 Things the Amazon Phone Needs to Succeed

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Earlier today, Citigroup’s research department concluded through supply channel checks that Amazon is likely going to be launching its own smartphone during the fourth quarter of 2012. They believe it will run Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor and it will be manufactured by Hon Hai’s TMS business group, the same company that makes Amazon’s Kindle. Obviously, […]

Google Wallet Absorbs Google Checkout, Primed for Digital & Physical Purchases

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Google Checkout, which was launched as a way to pay for goods over the Internet and compete against PayPal, is now being absorbed by Google’s Google Wallet initiative. The Google Wallet initiative was initially launched with Google’s support of NFC, or near field communications, technology on its mobile Android platform as a way to pay […]

HTC Edge Quad-Core Smartphone Sees More Details Leak Out

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The HTC Edge, a smartphone that very well could be HTC’s first quad-core handset, leaked out to great fanfare yesterday. Included in the leak were a run down of the device’s rumored specs as well as a gorgeous looking image that surely drummed up excitement amongst Android enthusiasts around the world. And now today, even […]

Will the Galaxy Nexus Have Google Wallet?

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Smartphone fans rejoiced when Samsung announced the Galaxy Nexus last month, which is on the way to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and other carriers. One of the cool new features on the Galaxy Nexus is the inclusion of NFC technology. Google is highlighting Android Beam, which allows Android users to share information between devices and NFC enabled Google […]

Square’s Card Case Wants You to Make a Purchase Hands Free

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It’s long been one of the mobile mantras that one day we’ll be able to walk into a store, make a purchase, and walk out without having to deal with cash, credit cards, etc.. It’s also a nightmare to hear some security analysts talk about it. Either way, there are innovations afoot in Near Field […]

Google Maps Updated with NFC Support Prior to Galaxy Nexus Release

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Google has recently updated Google Maps in Android Market with a number of changes, but chief among them is NFC support. It is speculated that the NFC update to Google Maps will be to support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich‘s Android Beam feature, which will allow NFC-equipped Android phones that are close in proximity to […]

After Taking Over Wallets, NFC Looks to Replace Keys

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Near field communications, or NFC, technology is gaining momentum as digital wallet efforts are now rolling out, but the technology also promises to replace your keys in addition to your wallet in a converged digital world. Yale Lock & Hardware demonstrates how NFC can be associated in home locks to allow you to control entry […]

Google Wallet App Now Available For The Sprint Nexus S 4G

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After much hype and much testing, Google announced today that the Google Wallet app is now ready for the world, so they’re pushing it to Sprint Nexus S 4G phones starting today. Owners will be able to use their Citi MasterCards or a Google Prepaid Card only for now, but Visa, Discover, and American Express […]

Nexus S 4G Update Brings Google Wallet Support

Nexus S 4G Update Brings Google Wallet Support

Google and Samsung have both confirmed that an update for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G has begun rolling out and that the update will be bringing support for Google Wallet, a service that it announced all the way back in May of this year. The update is rolling out now over-the-air (OTA) so if you haven’t […]

Now This is A Digital Wallet – Google Wallet’s Potential [Video]

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When Google Wallet was announced, I outlined 8 reasons it could succeed, including the ability for merchants to further integrate it with offers and rewards programs. While Google Wallet is still a dream for most users, Adzag has put together an interesting video showing what Google Wallet could do in the near future. This is the digital wallet […]

Samsung Omnia W brings 1.4 GHz CPU, NFC to Windows Phone Mango

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SamFirmware, which has been a reliable source of pre-release Samsung products in the past, has tweeted that Samsung’s Windows Phone mango device, the Omnia W, will come with a 1.4 GHz processor as well as near field communications (NFC) support. The processor would be a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm as Microsoft standardizes on Qualcomm processors […]

Nokia Brings NFC Support to All Phones, Accessories in Future

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Nokia has officially announced that all of the products made by the Finnish phone-maker will come with near field communications, or NFC, support in the future, including the company’s Symbian and Windows Phone 7 handsets. NFC, which is gaining in mind share in the U.S. due to the potential of the technology to replace credit […]

AT&T to Cripple BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC Capabilities?

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AT&T may disable one of the future-facing technologies on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 when that device arrives on the carrier through software blocks that would cripple the near field communications, or NFC features, of the smartphone. The NFC market is expected to take off in the U.S. and globally as smartphone makers, carriers, banks, financial […]

HTC Announces Stunning Smartphone with NFC

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HTC announced a smartphone for the Chinese market called the HTC Stunning, which will run Google’s Android operating system and come with embedded near field communications, or NFC, chip to enable applications such as digital wallet and mobile payments like on the Samsung-made Google Nexus S. The device is expected to arrive in September and […]

Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update to Unlock Hidden NFC Feature, WiFi Calling

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It looks like in addition to bringing the dual-screen Kyocera Echo up to date from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, Sprint and Kyocera may have other secret goodies to enable on the handset, including WiFi calling and NFC features. There are other more subtle, but useful, features as well that come with the update, […]

PayPal Bringing Phone-to-Phone NFC Payments to Android

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During the MobileBeat 2011 Conference this morning, PayPal announced that it would start offering phone-to-phone payments through NFC adding a very big presence Google’s big push into mobile payments. Google has been pushing NFC out at a fairly slow pace starting with the first NFC compatible phone in the United States, the Nexus S, which […]