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.
Samsung Connect Tag Lets You Track Your Stuff
Oct 16, 2017
Samsung today announced the Connect Tag, a wireless fob that you can attach to just about anything to monitor its location. Samsung envisions the Connect Tag will work best on kids' backpacks, car keys, dog collars, or even tossed inside cars.
Apple Announces iOS 11 with Person-to-Person Apple Pay
Jun 5, 2017
Apple today debuts iOS 11, its next-generation mobile operating system. Starting with messages, iOS 11 introduces improved discoverability for stickers and emoji.
NFC Forum Makes Latest Specs Available to Developers
Dec 19, 2016
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.
Snapdragon 845 Boasts Advanced Imaging Tools and AI Smarts
Dec 6, 2017
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, its flagship system-on-a-chip for 2018. Qualcomm expects the module to form the core of next year's top smartphones, which it will endow with multimedia smarts for both audio and video.
Google Play Services to Drop Support for Gingerbread
Nov 21, 2016
Google today said the next iteration of Google Play Services will sever backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Today, Google Play Services — the core code behind app compatibility across Android platforms — is 10.0.0 and supports API level 9.