Let’s talk about the OnePlus 2’s missing features


It would be easy to write this and beat OnePlus with its #NeverSettle hashtag, perhaps throwing in ‘And isn’t it ironic…Don’t you think?’ while I’m at it. But I won’t. Instead, let me say, that the OnePlus 2 boasts some high-end components, from the Snapdragon 810 processor, the  3GB/4GB of RAM, the super-quick camera to the 3,300mAh battery. That’s notwithstanding the amazing price of $329 for the 16GB and $389 for the 64GB variants. Fantastic prices, really. But, in reaching those price-points, what features did OnePlus leave out?

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Samsung reportedly offering mobile payments with new smartwatch


According to a report from Electronic Times, Samsung’s next smartwatch will include NFC, so mobile payments will be possible. One of Apple Watch’s best features is the ability to use the device for mobile payments using NFC, so should Samsung use Samsung Pay in the same way, a similar experience could be expected. While Samsung Pay’s big draw is the ability to pay at all credit card terminals instead of just NFC, just the ability to pay from a watch is still a great feature.

The current target release for Samsung’s new watch is the second half of the year, so we’ll see all the device has to offer in a few months.

Source: Reuters
Via: Droid Life

Samsung Pay coming to Korea, U.S. in second half of 2015


Yesterday Samsung released their first quarter financial results against a backdrop of a new report showing they had regained the lead as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. After the results were revealed during the company’s conference call, Samsung Electronics’ Managing Director Park Jin-young spent some time discussing the new Samsung Pay platform. He revealed that the service is on track to roll out to Korea and the U.S. in the second half of 2015. Read more

Samsung Electronics talks about their new image sensor and NFC IC


Samsung seems to always look for ways to further improve their customers user experience with their devices. Yesterday the company announced an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance. According to Samsung’s VP of Systems LSI marketing:

“With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”

The 8MP image sensor will provide much better front facing camera quality with its excellent low light image quality.  BussinessWire goes on to explain how this kind of technology will benefit the user:

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Samsung to begin producing and selling authentication chips for Samsung and third-party accessories


The Korean blog, DDaily, is reporting that an insider has given them some information detailing Samsung’s attempt to create an accessory ecosystem not unlike what we see with Apple’s.

These NFC-equipped “authentication chips” will allow Samsung to give both its blessing to particular accessories, as well as allow itself and third-parties to design smarter accessories that exhibit a greater connection to Samsung’s devices.  Read more

Google rumored to be purchasing Softcard


Paying for merchandise using your smartphone via Near Field Communication (NFC) is all the buzz these days since Apple Pay was launched. A lot of people in the media gloss over the fact that Google’s Wallet app on Android has given us this capability for quite a while now, though. Despite this oversight in media coverage, one beneficial thing does come out of it: the momentum generated by Apple Pay should help Google with retailers that were initially hesitant in supporting mobile-based payments.

Apple Pay and Google Wallet aren’t the only products on the field, however. One company that is also offering the same NFC payment services is Softcard, formerly branded as Isis Mobile Wallet. (The name change was due to the company not wanting to be even remotely associated with the militant terror organization named ISIS.) Similar to Google Wallet, Softcard has been struggling to make headway in the payment sector, but unlike Wallet, Softcard has lacked the financial backing needed to keep it afloat while it waits for retailers to catch up.

Google, who has not really put a lot of work into making Wallet a bigger game-changer, is rumored to be eyeing Softcard for acquisition in an attempt to bolster Wallet’s weak offering to Android consumers. Softcard does have a few perks in its portfolio, which Google may find appetizing.  Read more

Toshiba announces memory card with preview functionality thanks to built-in NFC

TOSHIBA_NFC_SDHCcard_150106Toshiba announced an SDHC memory card today that comes with a built-in NFC chip. Starting in February, consumers will be able to purchase said memory card in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Toshiba used CES to show off these new cards. The cards use NFC to exchange data with just a touch. With help from the Memory Card Preview app, the memory cards give you a heads up as to the amount of storage the card has available plus up to 16 thumbnails of photos stored on the card. This way, you don’t have to pop the card into your computer in order to figure out whats on it.

Other than that it’s a pretty standard SD card with all the functionality that encompasses said card. As far as pricing is concerned, it’s unknown but we’ll update you when we know more. We have the presser after the break and be sure to check out our full coverage of CES.

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