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  • Editing Team 17:58 on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia Bans HTC Products in Germany over Bluetooth File Sharing via NFC 

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    Things are definitely not looking good for HTC. Due to a legal dispute with Nokia, all sales of Android-based HTC devices are banned in Germany. All this is over a patent that covers file sharing over Bluetooth via NFC, better known as Android Beam.

    HTC is actually being sued in 7 countries over this patent because so far, it has not paid to license it. And since this is not a standard essential patent, it does not have to be licensed under FRAND terms. This means Nokia can basically do what it wants with the patent.

    Since this is a standard feature in all modern Android phones, HTC isn’t the only one who could be in trouble. However, other companies are probably paying for use of this patent. Even so, Google is working to invalidate the patent.

     
  • Editing Team 12:53 on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Irish Restaurant Chain Deploys NFC Payments 

    Graham-OSullivan-restaurants-NFC-payments-rfid-blogThe Dublin-based Graham O’Sullivan Restaurants has signed a contract with retail software specialist Escher Group to deliver an NFC- and QR-based payments and rewards service that uses NFC’s peer-to-peer (P2P) capabilities.

    The solution is compatible with any Android NFC phone and uses Android Beam to send the customer’s identity from the phone to the retailer’s point-of-sale terminal, says Escher, and can be used “to allow closed loop payment, loyalty and coupon redemption.”

    “This is an over-the-top application and for this reason, no agreement is required with the mobile network operator as access to the secure element is not required,” the company adds.

    “This ground-breaking solution will vastly improve the customer experience both in and out of the store,” says Felim Meade, managing director of the Graham O’Sullivan Restaurants chain. “It will promote greater interaction with this much loved classic Irish restaurant brand, and ultimately increase customer loyalty and support new customer acquisition.

    “We wanted to introduce something that was very innovative and offer our customers something really unique in the marketplace,” Meade adds. “Escher understood what we wanted from the beginning and has delivered a solution which beats anything available anywhere in the world today.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:02 on July 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Replacing Android Beam, Here Comes Samsung S Beam 

    Samsung-GalaxySIII-S-beam-nfc-rfid-blogSamsung S Beam is a brand new technology to share or transfer files. With S Beam, tapping two devices together and you can quickly share various files on your phone to the other: photos, music, videos, contacts and even the websites you’re browsing. It also amazes people with its transferring speed. As is said by Samsung, theoretically S Beam can transfer in a speed of 300M per second. In terms of operating convenience and transferring speed, Samsung S Beam is no doubt a clear victory over Bluetooth. In the future, it may replace Bluetooth and become the most ordinary way to share and transfer files between smartphones.

    NFC enables devices to transfer with a tap, but is limited to smaller file sizes. Wi-Fi Direct allows for large files transferring, but it’s not convenient enough to operate. So here comes Samsung S Beam, pairing with NFC and transferring with Wi-Fi Direct, which properly combines the advantages of both.

    So what’s the difference between S Beam and Android Beam? Let’s start from NFC and Android phones. The first NFC-enabled Android phone is Nexus S, but it only allows the phones to be used as bank cards, bus cards, etc. Only when Android 4.0, namely Android Beam, is released does using NFC to transfer data become a reality. With Android Beam, users can share files on phones with a tap. As is mentioned above, Samsung S Beam allows for sharing of music, photos, videos and various files, but Android Beam only allows for sharing of websites and contacts. It’s impossible to share files like music or videos with Android Beam, for contacts are the biggest files it can transfer.

    It seems more likely that Android Beam is an experiment. The limitation of file size prevents it from popularizing. On the other hand, Samsung S Beam is more mature: convenient sharing with a tap, high speed transferring with Wi-Fi Direct. S Beam is a clear victory over any transferring mode on mobile phones.

    The first NFC-enabled Android phone is Samsung Nexus S, the first Android phone with Android Beam is Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and now the first Android phone with S Beam is Samsung Galaxy S3. By far, every important promotion of NFC on Android phones has been made by Samsung. Among many handset-makers, there’s no doubt that Samsung contributes the most to the development of NFC.

     
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