NFC Gains Widespread Support from Global Operators
Today the GSMA announced that a large number of GSM-based mobile network operators have committed to backing near-filed communications (NFC), and will launch commercial NFC services by 2012. The group of operators includes T-Mobile USA's parent company, Deutsche Telekom, partial owner of Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, as well as Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti, China Unicom, KT Corporation, MTS, Orange, Qtel Group, SK Telecom, Softbank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telekom Austria Group, and Telenor. The GSMA said that it will take on the responsibility to develop the necessary certification and testing standards to make sure that NFC services are compatible around the world. NFC can be used for actions such as mobile payments or to establish instant Bluetooth connections. Google has already thrown its support behind NFC in its Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform. A number of U.S.-based companies, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, are part of a joint venture called ISIS, which will eventually bring NFC-based mobile payments to the U.S.
Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones
Google and Sprint today said some of Sprint's Android phones now have access to RCS-based messaging features. Google added Rich Communication Services, powered by its Jibe cloud platform, to its own Messenger SMS application.
Google and Global Operators Agree on RCS for Android
Google, the GSMA, and a collection of wireless network operators around the world today said they'll work together to bring Rich Communication Services to Android devices around the globe. Google will create an Android RCS client that all the participating carriers will adopt.
Qualcomm to Add NXP Secure Element to Snapdragon Chips
Qualcomm today announced that it will use technology from NXP to help bring NFC-based mobile payments across more phone makers. Specifically, Qualcomm plans to add NFC and embedded secure elements *(eSE) across its Snapdragon 800, 600, 400, and 200 series processors.
NFC Forum Makes Latest Specs Available to Developers
The NFC Forum today made three adopted specifications and one candidate specification available to developers and hardware manufacturers. The three finalized specs were ratified by the NFC Forum in October and ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
I cant wait til mobile payments como to the U.S.! ! !