HP Eying NFC for Future Phones
According to sources cited by Bloomberg, HP is working on mobile devices that will include near field communications technology to enable mobile payments. Bloomberg's sources said that HP is looking to add mobile payment features to both phones and tablets, and the first products may be available as soon as the end of the year. HP is taking the measure to ensure that its webOS platform and smartphones/tablets remain competitive with rival platforms. A number of NFC-based mobile payment systems are in the works from leading companies such as Google, Samsung, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and others. HP declined to comment on Bloomberg's story.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
OnePlus 5T and Honor 7X Now Available In Red
OnePlus and Honor today made red versions of their most recent devices available to U.S. consumers.
Verizon Talks Up Android Pay, Says Still Looking at Samsung Pay
Verizon Wireless today took the time to tout the benefits of Android Pay, the new mobile payment app and service from Google. Android Pay is a relaunch of Softcard, which Google bought from Verizon (and AT&T/T-Mobile) earlier this year.
Verizon Won't Sell Huawei Phones Either, Says Bloomberg
Verizon Wireless has cancelled any and all plans it had to sell handsets from Chinese phone maker Huawei due to pressure from the federal government, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. Verizon Wireless was on deck to sell Huawei's flagship device, the Mate 10 Pro, but has bowed to the government's wishes.
NFC vs TouchStone Technology
If this is the case I'm curious as to if the Pre3 was delayed to incorporate some new TouchStone/NFC tech. That is most likely wishful thinking as I doubt they'd ever change a product so late to final spec.
I think both of these technologies have mass appeal as I'd love to be able to data with friends by just touching NFC enabled devices together.