Galaxy S II Hiding NFC Support In AT&T, T-Mobile Versions
FCC approvals for the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T and T-Mobile show that the hardware supports NFC for tap-based transactions, possibly including payments. Neither AT&T nor T-Mobile will confirm if they plan to support the feature. Based on FCC documents, the Sprint version does not appear to support NFC. AT&T and T-Mobile are both members of - and investors in - Isis, a mobile payment network that will support tap payments via NFC technology.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Oreo Hitting Most US Versions of Samsung Galaxy S8
People in the U.S. who own the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ can expect to see Android 8 Oreo reach their phone over the coming days.
U.S. Carriers Creating Stronger Tool to Verify Customer ID
All four major carriers in the U.S., AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, are building a "multi-factor authentication" method that will rely on peoples' cell phones to gain account access. The system, which has been in development since last September, is expected to launch before the end of the year.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.