At a bloggers meet held today, Maxis announced that it will supporting NFC-related services in a big way. With more supported devices such as the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Xperia S and HTC One X coming into the market, now looks to be the right time for an operator to come in to tap into — pun intended — the capabilities of NFC.
Currently in Malaysia, NFC usage is limited to transferring contacts and URL links but with a proactive operator like Maxis working with with partners like Touch n Go and banks, the potential for NFC to offer so much more can be realised.
Mark Dioguardi, the joint-COO at Maxis, said that the operator is looking to offer NFC-based payment services sometime in second quarter of this year. Digouardi mentioned that the Maxis is currently working with Touch N Go and a “big bank” to make the service available to its subscribers.
Back in 2009, Maxis pioneered NFC-based payment services called FastTap. The service which integrated Touch N Go and Maybank Visa Wave services received lukewarm response due to the very limited selection of NFC-capable devices at the time. Because of this, users who wanted to use the service had to purchase a dedicated phone — in this case, the Nokia 6212 Classic — to be able to make payments using NFC. This presents a step cost of entry for users and make the service unattractive to subscribers.
Now that more and more devices are being offered with NFC built-in, there is a massive potential for the technology to be widely adopted in Malaysia. The soon to be launched NFC-based service from Maxis will allow users to use supported smartphones much like a Touch N Go card to make payments for public transportation, tolls and even for fast food. The service can be further enhanced with in-billing reloads or even by linking to the users credit card allowing for a seamless payment experience just by using your smartphone.
We’re really excited about this and its great to see that an operator is making such a bold step to offer this service to users. We’ll keep a close eye on developments and will let you know once we have more details of the upcoming service.
At a blogger meet organised by Maxis today, Head of Product, Device & Innovation, T. Kugan has revealed that the operator will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Beam and the soon to be launched Sony Xperia S.
The Galaxy Beam was introduced at MWC 2012 recently and it comes with a built-in 15 lumens pico projector that’s capable of displaying HD image and videos up to 50″ on the wall. You can read more about the Galaxy Beam here.
In terms of availability, Maxis is expected to offer plans for the Xperia S probably this Friday or the week after. As for the Galaxy Beam, Kugan didn’t specifically indicate when the device will be offered but we expect it to be available at least a month from now.
Sony today has announced the new Xperia sola into its Android line. This was formerly known as the MT27i Pepper which we saw a while back. While touch screens are normally interacted by actual tapping or touching of the screen, the new Xperia sola features “floating touch” that lets you interact by simply hovering your finger over the screen. This offers a new way of surfing the web especially when browsing through web links. You can accurately select the desired link by hovering and then tap to open.
The Xperia sola comes with a 3.7″ Reality Display (TFT LCD 854×480) with Mobile Bravia Engine. The device is powered by Sony’s very own NovaThor dual-core 1Ghz processor (similar to the one in the Xperia P and U) and 512MB of RAM. The Xperia sola also comes with 8GB of internal storage and microSD card slot. Over at the back, there’s a 5MP camera with Fast Capture and 720p HD videos. NFC support comes as standard and according to the release, the device ships with two NFC SmartTags in the box.
In terms of dimensions, it is 9.9mm thick and weighs 107 grams. Compared to the current crop of Xperia NXT Series, the Xperia sola goes right in between the Xperia P and Xperia U in terms of screen size.
At time of announcement, it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Sony plans to release Android 4.0 upgrade for the device sometime in June. The Xperia S will go on sale sometime in Q2, 2012 with a choice of 3 colours – Black, White & Red.
In terms of pricing, the Xperia sola is expected to retail for EU329 in Europe, that’s about RM1,300 at today’s exchange rates but we expect the device to sell for less when it comes to Malaysia.
For more information, head over to the Sony Xperia sola page.
Check the video and photos after the jump.
Several ding dongs & leaks later, Samsung has finally announced its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Samsung Galaxy S II. The announcement came from Samsung Mobile itself and the roll out starts in Europe including Poland, Hungary & Sweden as well as Korea beginning today 13th March 2012. The rest of the countries will be getting it later by phases.
Other devices that will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich later on would include Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
For older devices such as the original Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S Plus and the recent Galaxy W, they won’t be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead they will be getting an upgraded Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware which comes with additional new features such as Face Unlock. This is likely to be the value pack firmware which was teased earlier on.
Thanks @override182 for the alert!
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Now Motorola has updated their roll out listing and Motorola RAZR owners in Asia Pacific can expect to receive the update in Q2 this year. Also joining the list is the Motorola Atrix 2 which will be getting it slightly later in Q3.
Hopefully Motorola software upgrade is on schedule and doesn’t play hide and seek like the Samsung Galaxy S II. Hit the source link for the full details.