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.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go On Sale In US July 21
Samsung today said the Coral Blue variant of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets will become available to U.S. buyers starting July 21.
Moto Z2 Force Drops 'Droid' Branding On Verizon
Motorola announced the Z2 Force today, which replaces both the Z and Z Force from last year. The phone will be sold by most U.S.
Alcatel's Modular A50 Parties with Light Up LED Accessory
Alcatel today followed through on its promise to bring the A5 LED to the U.S., though it has changed the phone's name to simply the Alcatel A50. The phone, first revealed in February, is compatible with a handful of modular accessories, the most significant of which features an LED-covere panel that can blink a few dozen LEDs with color.