• Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow

    Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow

    Last week, Google posted an awesome teaser video for Google Wallet featuring George Costanza. The implication: Google Wallet would finally be launching soon. Now we think we know when: tomorrow. As you can see in the above image, documentation is being sent around to partners stating a September 19 launch day. We’ve heard from others that this is accurate. And it also lines up nicely… Read More

  • Isis: AT&T, Verizon, And T-Mobile’s $100 Million Gamble In Mobile Payments

    Isis: AT&T, Verizon, And T-Mobile’s $100 Million Gamble In Mobile Payments

    NFC will be ubiquitous one day, but we still have quite a ways to go. Unlike other smartphone features, this requires adoption on a huge scale from just about everyone, which will definitely take a while. But we are getting closer. While Sprint fiddles with its Google Wallet, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have reportedly made plans to invest upwards of $100 million in their joint-venture… Read More

  • NFC Mobile Advertising Startup Tapit Raises Seed Funding

    NFC Mobile Advertising Startup Tapit Raises Seed Funding

    Tapit is a new mobile advertising startup, founded in March 2011, that enables content sharing and offer delivery simply by tapping an NFC-enabled phone anywhere the Tapit logo can be found. The company has now raised a seed funding round from Sydney Angels in record time – just 22 days from the pitch until the round was subscribed for. This is the fastest investment to date for… Read More

  • HTC’s 1st NFC Phone HTC Stunning is Actually Incredible S

    HTC’s 1st NFC Phone HTC Stunning is Actually Incredible S

    Earlier this week, smartphone maker HTC revealed its first NFC-based device, reportedly called the “HTC Stunning.” The phone is being released in China and will include support for mobile payments through a partnership with China UnionPay, a Chinese bankcard network. What we didn’t know, however, was what kind of phone the Stunning is. Now we do: it’s just the HTC… Read More

  • HTC’s First NFC Phone “HTC Stunning,” Launching in China

    HTC’s First NFC Phone “HTC Stunning,” Launching in China

    Smartphone maker HTC has committed to launching its first NFC phone, the HTC Stunning, which will debut in China sometime later this year. The phone will be an 4-inch, Android-based device, and will support bank card network China UnionPay’s mobile payment standard. This will enable the phone to perform mobile payments at point-of-sale, using the contactless technology known as NFC… Read More

  • Where Is My Magical NFC Phone Wallet?

    Where Is My Magical NFC Phone Wallet?

    According to Gartner Group report, there are 141.1 million mobile payment-ready devices in circulation and that the vast portion of the world’s population (mostly in Asia) is actively using NFC and other techniques to pay for items via mobile. However, the US is lagging wildly in this regard, with nearly no activity in the space at present even though two-thirds of young people would… Read More

  • Juniper: NFC Payments To Reach $50 Billion Worldwide By 2014

    We know Google has made a big bet on near field communications (NFC) as a payments system with the launch of Google Wallet, but does the technology have the potential to be the future of how money is transacted? Juniper Research seems to think so. The company is releasing a new report that forecasts that global NFC mobile contactless payment transactions will reach nearly $50 billion worldwide… Read More

  • Whoops: NFC Partner Spoils Google's Surprise Tomorrow. ViVOtech One Partner. Citibank Too?

    Google is holding an event tomorrow in New York City. While everyone seems to be aware that it’s a partner event to announce the NFC strategy for their Android phones, Google has refused to confirm it. Well, they don’t have to. One of their partners just did. We just got an email from the PR firm representing ViVOtech, wondering if we were going to the Google event tomorrow. They… Read More

  • Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company

    Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company

    Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt, editor Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview Alex Rampell, TrialPay; Stephanie Tilenius, VP of Google Commerce and Payments, and Lewis Gersh, Metamorphic Partners; addressing online to offline mobile commerce. The panel was particularly interesting considering Google’s reported announcement regarding its near field communications and mobile… Read More

  • More Proof Of A Google NFC Announcement: A Curious YouTube Live Event Page

    More Proof Of A Google NFC Announcement: A Curious YouTube Live Event Page

    A couple of days ago, we got a tip pointing us to a YouTube page with a bit of interesting information. On Google’s official account there was a placeholder page for a “Google Press Conference”. We we reached out to Google about this, they said they were checking into it, and the page immediately was taken down (but not before we snagged a screenshot, naturally). Read More

  • Google Joins NFC Forum To Advance Near Field Communication Technology

    Google Joins NFC Forum To Advance Near Field Communication Technology

    Google is one of 32 companies to recently join the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that has been advancing the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology since its founding in 2004. Google is joining the organization as a Principal member, while CSR and Intel have also raised their membership status to that level (they were formerly Associate Members). The full NFC Forum… Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Nintendo 3DS, RockMelt and NFC Chips

    Fly or Die: The Nintendo 3DS, Rockmelt, And Mobile Wallets

    s the new Nintendo 3DS all that? Does Rockmelt have a chance? Will mobile wallets ever be adopted by real people in real stores? CrunchGear editor John Biggs and I tackle these questions in this week’s edition of Fly or Die. Watch the video to find out who our surprise guest is this time after we give our verdicts on his company’s product. The Nintendo 3DS uses simple… Read More

  • The Ever-Elusive Mobile Wallet: Why NFC Chips Are Overhyped And Will Underdeliver

    The Ever-Elusive Mobile Wallet: Why NFC Chips Are Overhyped And Will Underdeliver

    The idea of turning your mobile phone into a digital wallet has a long and fruitless history. People are getting excited again about the prospect of mobile wallets replacing those in your pocket overstuffed with receipts and credit cards because both Google and Apple are pursuing the concept. The key technology that could make mobile wallets a reality are near field communication (NFC) chips. Read More

  • NFC Plus Powermat: A Match Made In Heaven, Or Just A Match?

    Powermat is looking at making an improvement to their tech that would combine the wireless charging capability with near-field communication, allowing for low-bandwidth communications while you charge. Sounds kind of weak at first, but really it’s a good match. They both emphasize that wires are, like, so 2010. Read More

  • Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users "Share" Real-World Items

    Japan has always been the land of mobile. As such, it’s no big surprise that the country’s biggest social network, Mixi (JP, 23 million members), sees 25 of its 29 billion monthly page views coming from cell phones. And according to Mixi, it’s now the first social network that lets users share information with friends through NFC technology on Android handsets. Read More

  • So Why Should You Care About NFC?

    If you asked most folks what NFC means they’d probably mumble something about the Giants and wave you off. However, Near Field Communication is here to stay and if Google and Apple’s current and potential implementations are any indication, we’ll be using NFC devices in the next two years, at least in some specific environments. First, though, what is Near Field… Read More

  • Prediction No. 4 (Mobile Wallets) Already Coming True

    Okay, that was fast. This weekend I put up my annual prediction post, Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011. Already, one of them is already looking pretty solid: Prediction No. 4 on the rise of mobile wallets. Well, it looks like Google (and PayPal) are getting serious about NFC technologies. Today, Businessweek reports: Read More

  • Japanese iPhone Gets E-Wallet Functionality (Kind Of)

    As we reported multiple times over the past months, the iPhone is a hit in Japan. When compared to other Japanese phones, however, it lacks a few key features such as digital TV tuners or an e-wallet function. Provider SoftBank introduced a hardware solution for the former problem in 2008, and now there’s one for the latter, too. Read More

  • Google Bought Stealthy Mobile Payments Startup Zetawire

    Lately, Google has been showing off Android phones with NFC chips in them that can power mobile payments. The newest Android, the Nexus S, is the first to ship with an NFC (near field communications) chip, and the technology could be the key to getting into mobile payments. These are the same chips in some credit cards today. It turns out that Google got some of its NFC expertise from a… Read More

  • I Have Seen The Future, And It Looks A Lot Like Bump (Without The Bump)

    There is something about exchanging information by bumping fists that is deeply satisfying. What I like most about the iPhone app Bump is that it’s different. Its features are nifty enough; transfer money, information, and as of last week, music to someone else by tapping your phone against theirs. More importantly, though, it’s a harbinger of the next wave of the mobile… Read More