Google Wallet has some significant issues with security already this year. A potential hack was discovered in February that could have exposed credit cards. However, no evidence of credit card abuse or theft was noted. The security flaw was only exploitable on rooted Android devices. It seems Google is taking a different route with potential security flaws on rooted Android devices; it has decided to end support for rooted smartphones.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy S III in April, a Samsung-affiliated marketing executive has apparently confirmed, with a UK campaign tying the much-anticipated smartphone into the 2012 Olympics tipped. An April release had been tipped previously, but according to ZDNet Korea the Chiel Worldwide marketing agency has confirmed that a huge promotion will kick off that month for the Android device.
If you're able to take full advantage of Google Wallet right now, you're in the minority of a minority of a minority. When its rival platform Isis launches later this year, chances are much higher you'll be able to see all that Near Field Communication (NFC) payments have to offer. Isis announced today that it has secured deals with Chase, Capital One, and Barclaycard, meaning customers who have an account with any of those three powerhouses will be eligible to enroll, provided their phone meets the hardware requirements.
Acer has outed its latest smartphone, the Acer Liquid Glow, a 3.7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich handset which follows the Galaxy Nexus' example and includes NFC support. Set to make its official debut at Mobile World Congress next week, the Liquid Glow has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, though full specifications are not yet clear.
Moneto has announced that is has expanded its flagship Near Field Communication (NFC) platform to Android, and has added support for six Samsung Galaxy S devices. This is in addition to the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, which were already supported by the company. The moneto platform is different than other "virtual wallets" because it uses a special microSD card, allowing it to function even in devices that don't have built-in NFC hardware.
The first solely Sony-branded Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia S, has gone up for sale, with pre-orders accepted in the UK ahead of the 4.3-inch handset's release in early March. Priced at free with a new agreement from retailer Phones 4u, the Xperia S has a 1280 x 720 display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and 1080p HD video recording support, in addition to NFC and HDMI connectivity.
Panasonic has officially named its first smartphone for Europe, the Panasonic Eluga, a 4.3-inch Android handset expected to go on sale this spring. The Eluga - then unnamed - was first revealed back in December 2011, a waterproof, dustproof and generally resilient smartphone fronted by a qHD 960 x 540 OLED display and toting NFC. The device tips the scales at a scant 103g and will supposedly also operate as a remote control for Panasonic HDTVs.
LG has announced another new smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress, the LG Optimus LTE Tag, to go with the LG Optimus Vu revealed over the weekend. A 4.3-inch Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with a bright, 650 nits IPS LCD display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, as the name suggests the Optimus LTE Tag prioritizes both 4G LTE connectivity and Near-Field Communication (NFC) with various sticky NFC labels used to switch the handset between different modes.
ZTE has jumped the Mobile World Congress gun and unveiled two new Android 4.0 smartphones, the PF200 and N910, each toting LTE and running at up to 1.5GHz. The ZTE PF200 is the company's new flagship, it seems, with a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen, an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1080p Full HD capable front-facing camera. It also gets NFC and MHL-HDMI output. Going by ZTE's press shot, it looks like the company has reskinned Ice Cream Sandwich, too.