Inside Secure Ports Open NFC to Android 4.0
Inside Secure today announced that it has made a new version of the open source Open NFC stack available to Google Android 4.0. Open NFC 4.3.3 works with Ice Cream Sandwich and provides developers with an NFC API that works across a wide range of Android 4.0 hardware (and not just specific phones). Open NFC 4.3.3 supports Ice Cream Sandwich features such as Android Beam and WiFi Direct, as well as card emulation, access to multiple secure elements, low-level RF control, high-level NFC Forum tag handling, peer-to-peer communications, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, and compatibility with smart cards and RFID tags. Inside Secure expects that Open NFC 4.3.3 will ship in smartphones and tablets later this year.
Innovative Keyboard Case is Both Wireless and Battery-Free
One2Touch has a new keyboard case for Android phones called SlimType that uses NFC technology in a unique way to connect to a phone. Most keyboard cases have a battery or physical connector that adds bulk.
Google Shows Off $200 OnHub Home WiFi Router
Google today announced the OnHub, a WiFi router meant for use in the home. Google and hardware partner TP-LINK hid the antennas inside and gave the router a more useful set of lights so people will be more apt to put it out in the open, where it will work better.
NFC Forum Updates NFC Specification
The NFC Forum today provided an update to the core NFC specification. The update includes two new specifications and two new candidate specifications.
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.
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.