CyanogenMod 9.1 Supports NFC Payment System SimplyTapp

CyanogenMod9.1-NFC-payment-SimplyTapp-rfid-blogYesterday, the CyanogenMod team has released a new version — CyanogenMod 9.1, working on Android 4.0.4. The new version provides some much-needed bug fixes and improvements to certain handsets, along with one significant feature added — an NFC-based payment system called SimplyTapp.

SumplyTapp is created by two dedicated CyanogenMod users who intend to broaden NFC payment usage through a more open implementation of the embattled standard.

Needless to say, in order to take advantage of the SimplyTapp service, you’ll also need an NFC-enabled device. Right now, the only officially supported devices are the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S II. Since CyanogenMod 9.1 device is also embedded with an NFC chip, it ought to support the app as well.

Unfortunately, merchants that can use Tapp are limited: besides the “Anywhere” card which can be reloaded via PayPal, NFC systems from McDonalds, Tim Hortons and HEB grocery stores can be added to the app. Currently, only U.S. dollars can be used.

The way it works is by loading a pre-set amount of money on NFC cards, or by using compatible NFC gift cards. Card credentials are stored in the cloud, which means that any secure information is not accessible to thieves or hackers in case your phone is compromised.

It is said that the app is both simple to support and implementation and it seems that creators can benefit from it in the long term.

As ISIS and the original Google Wallet are still struggle to solve their own problems, it’s good to see an alternative emerge from the community. Hopefully SimplyTapp will add more merchants — and more ROMs, like AOKP and MIUI — to its system.