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All posts tagged "nfc"


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How to Safely Factory Reset a Phone with Google Wallet

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

http://phandroid.com/2012/05/28/and...eak-it-forever/

"It all started after an app (Sense) began force closing repeatedly. Normally, under a situation like this when things start acting awry, a factory reset has long been the go-to method for fixing up a device’s software issues good as new. Anyone who has ever contacted tech support when dealing with a software issue knows this well. But that’s actually what started this whole mess."

If you have a device that supports NFC (Near Field Communication) and you use Google Wallet this is for you. It turns out that if you do a factory reset on your phone without doing a reset in Google Wallet first you will not be able to use Google Wallet again on that phone. It's a simple process to reset Google Wallet. Just open Google Wallet, go into the settings, and choose "Reset Google Wallet". Then you can safely do a factory reset of your phone!

I'm curious how many people use Google Wallet. I'm not aware of any stores near me that support Google Wallet and there do not seem to be many phones that even have a NFC chip. Is Google Wallet a service you use on a regular basis?


Friday, May 27, 2011

Google Wallet: Shop, Tap, And Go (Also Buy A Nexus S)

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...our-wallet.html

"Today in our New York City office, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, we gave a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make your phone your wallet. You'll be able to tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC). We're field testing Google Wallet now and plan to release it soon."

Finally. This is the kind of technology I've been waiting to use for the last 10 years. It's not that it has ever been a technological limitation either, it's just that no one ever did it. Well leave it to Google to tread all over that untouched ground. The only drawback I see at the moment is that your device must support NFC to use this system and the only Android phone to do that right now is the Nexus S. If Google were smart they would link this Google Debit card thing strait to Google Checkout and automatically transfer funds directly from the credit card you have configured there. You know, kinda like Google Voice for your credit card numbers. Looks like NFC support will be on my required feature list for my next phone. How about you guys? Anyone excited about Google Wallet or did you just add another layer to your tinfoil hat?


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Checkout With Your Android Device

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/27/...c-payment-demo/

"Ever since the Nexus S and its nifty little NFC chip hit the market, there's been speculation that El Goog was planning a foray into the mobile payment arena currently occupied by the likes of Charge Anywhere. Now, it looks like that plan may be in high gear, as the Wall Street Journal reports that Google's secretly partnered with MasterCard and Citigroup to test out just such a system."

In this age of convergence, it was only a matter of time before this came to fruition. Once just a glimmer in the eyes of science fiction authors, the time when you will be able to pay by waving your phone at a keypad will soon be a reality. I have some reservations about the security of this kind of solution and wonder what the cost of this convenience will be. Also, it seems like adoption of changes like this are slow to reach many areas; something which I feel keenly living in the Mid-Western United States.

So, how about it Android Thinkers; is this something that you would adopt for your everyday grocery store and gas station purchases, or are there too many unanswered questions for you to want to jump in right away? As always, let us know in the forums.


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