USB 3.0 to Reach Smartphones, Tablets By Year's End
MicroUSB ports with support for the USB 3.0 spec will be added to smartphones and tablets by the end of 2012, said Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB Implementers Forum. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Rahman said USB 3.0 will allow for faster charging and faster data transfer to mobile devices, though it won't support the same high speeds available to laptops with USB 3.0. Rahman estimated data speeds will be about 100Mbps second on mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets equipped with microUSB 3.0 ports will be backward compatible with previous USB versions. No smartphone or tablet manufacturers have yet committed to adding USB 3.0 to their devices.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Feb 24, 2016
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Google Pay Lets People Use their Phone as Ticket On Las Vegas Monorail
Mar 19, 2018
Google today said its Google Pay app can now serve as a transit ticket on the Las Vegas monorail system. People visiting Las Vegas will be able to use Google Pay to purchase their monorail ticket online and add it to the app.
Intel Believes USB Type-C Will Replace 3.5mm Jack
Aug 17, 2016
A planned update to the USB Type-C specification will give it more control over audio functions, paving the way for it to fully supplant the 3.5mm headphone jack on most phones. Speaking at the Intel Developers Forum, engineers Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail explained that the new USB audio standard lowers power usage through USB and defines how buttons on headphones can control music.
NFC May Soon Interact With Packages and Wireless Chargers
Aug 1, 2017
The NFC Forum today said it has agreed to work with other industry groups to increase the number of things NFC-equipped smartphones can talk to. Specifically, the NFC Forum has forged alliances with the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).