Posts Tagged / Near Field Communication

  • Mar 13 / 2012
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Samsung Devices To Get ICS Upgrade

Hello world!

Hope your all doing well on this fine day. I was browsing the World Wide Web and came across an announcement which is making me question whether or not I should upgrade my phone now or later.

Confirmation via Twitter

Confirmation via Twitter

As you know the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Operating System has been around for 6 months and has only been seen on the Samsung Nexus handset but now Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Note users can expect an upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system in the next few weeks.

Andoid Ice Cream Sandwich

Android Ice Cream Sandwich

This is exciting news for Samsung Galaxy and Note user’s as features such as Facial Unlock, Content Rich home screen, Improved Text and Spell Check will be coming to your devices. Also the upgrade will literally give customers a fresh new feel of their devices meaning if you’re tied into a 18/24/36 month contract, be expecting a fresh new feel from your old device.

Be sure to check with your network provider if there are any updates on when the software upgrade will be available to you but judging by Samsung’s tweet, you won’t be waiting too long.

Until next time, keep geeking and gaming!
Andy Singh

  • Oct 14 / 2011
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Apple iPhone 4GS – My Thoughts

Happy Friday everyone!

With the new iPhone just around the corner, there has been alot of talk about the negative talk about the handset ad when my dear cousin Spinder said she’s pre-ordered one, it made me write a huge e-mail review on how she should opt against it.

Here’s what I wrote:

“Just wish it could have been a lot better; though the one thing I’m glad they went with was to incorporate the processor from the iPad 2 because on paper it’s a good processor and it will keep up with the speed of the Galaxy S2. One other feature I’m glad Apple has addressed is the signal problem. I know plenty of people who have had problems with calls being dropped off randomly even when they have adequate signal, so on it’s definitely fault they have addressed and hopefully resolved.

However features such as an 8MP camera isn’t something to brag about because phones a year ago had it – are Apple playing catch up? It was a 5 mega pixel camera previously which was an upgrade from its predecessor but again I had a 5MP on my N95 in 2007. I know plenty of phones brag about having an 8 or a 12 megapixel camera but when it’s Apple, you probably expect a little but more. For example if there was a phone which allowed you to view the camera on the front of an airplane would be seen as cool but with an Apple handset, you want to be able to control the plane from your handset. I know it’s a WAY far off the mark but when customers are expected to pay such a large sum of money upfront to have the handset, you expect it to do bigger and better things.

Another feature which gets me is the Voice Control. The feature was first incorporated in the Motorola Timeport in the late 90’s and the way Apple have incorporated it into the Siri application is cool but there was a Google application with the same feature a few years ago. The main disadvantage of the phone will be it’s battery life but let’s face it, no phone today will last longer than a day should you use it all day every day. (Only if the 6310i would be reinvented with a colour screen, a camera and a Symbian web browser without losing the 2 week battery life…we can dream!)

Finally the biggest downfall of the 4GS is that it’s not known as the iPhone 5. There’s been constant talk about Apple releasing ‘the next generation of iPhones’ but by calling it the 4GS, is that enough for current and potential customers to opt for the ‘new and improved handset’?

All in all the handset will be a success because of the Apple brand but again, I think we all expected something a lot more.”

Lemme know what do you think.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend and talk to you all next week.

Take care,
Andy Singh

  • Nov 22 / 2010
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Nokia C7 NFC

Hi everyone,

I’ve been working on the site all weekend and I’ve found some really cool stuff to post up this week.

On Sunday my lovely girlfriend Nish and I were in Uxbridge Town Centre and I couldn’t help but hear that Nokia were actually releasing a phone with NFC capability which customers can buy from their network providers. Right now your probably thinking “What are you on about?!? I get phones from my provider all the time!” but please hear me out.

Nokia C7

Nokia C7

Nokia have had a really awesome tool called NFC at their disposal for a number of years. Phones such as the Nokia 5210i, 6131 and more recent 6212 have had special RFID/NFC chip readers installed but the only way to get the handsets is by going to Nokia directly. This has therefore left the phones being unknown but now the Nokia C7 is scheduled to have the NFC update in 2011.

So, what does this mean? With the Nokia C7, you will be able to have your Oyster Card and contact-less payment card from Barclays on your handset because the same reader in those cards, will be in your phone! So for example, instead of using Chip-and-PIN to pay for your items, you simply scan your handset against the reader and enter your PIN. (Please be aware Barclays have a limit of £10 to eliminate fraud).

What if someone steals my phone? Good question. The things is when you buy/upgrade to the Nokia C7 handset, your network provider will issue you with a special SIM Card where you will be able store your card details. If your phone gets lost or stolen, your network provider will block your SIM card and therefore your personal details will be destroyed.

Has anyone else used the technology? Yes and you probably use it without even knowing! The London Underground put NFC chips into their Oyster Cards to track the public’s journey from one place to another. Every time you touch your Oyster Card onto a reader, the NFC chip inside activates and sends location information to the TfL servers informing them of your location and payment information.

In comparison to smart phones on the market, yes the Nokia C7 fails – unable to multi-task well, not a great selection of apps against Andriod and the Apple iPhone; but with regards to previous NFC handsets, the Nokia C7 will blow them all out of the water!

If you have any questions about RFID/NFC, please submit them in the comments box and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Take care,
Andy Singh

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