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NFC Roadmap Is Official: Longer Range, Better Wireless Charging and more

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NFC Forum has recently revealed its comprehensive Technology Roadmap, sharing insights into the future of NFC technology and its anticipated developments.

The NFC Roadmap outlines key initiatives, which will shape the direction of NFC, presenting exciting opportunities for product development, markets, and businesses.

Since these initiatives’ timeframe spans two to five years, individual work items are currently at different stages of development, from research to market requirements and draft specifications.

The NFC Roadmap was developed by leading Board representatives from Apple, Google, Huawei, Identiv, Infineon, NXP, Qualcomm, Sony, and STMicroelectronics as well as the Forum’s 400-member company community.

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Increased Power for NFC Wireless Charging: The NFC Forum aims to enhance the current NFC Wireless Charging specification, increasing the power capabilities from 1 watt to 3 watts. This advancement will enable wireless power and charging in smaller form factors, disrupting industrial design and opening up new markets.

Increased Range: The NFC Forum is examining ways to extend the operating range of NFC connections, aiming for distances four to six times greater than the current 5mm limit. Even a modest increase in range will facilitate faster and easier contactless transactions, enhance user experience, and reduce the need for precise antenna alignment.

Multiple Purpose Tap: This feature aims to improve the contactless user experience by enabling several actions with a single tap. From point-to-point receipt delivery to loyalty identification and total-journey ticketing, this innovation will enhance convenience and efficiency.

Modernizing Device-to-Device Communication: The NFC Forum is working towards empowering NFC-enabled smartphones with Point-of-Sale functionality, known as SoftPOS. This advancement will enable businesses and individuals to accept payments anywhere, expanding the reach of NFC technology.

Expanding NFC’s Data Sharing Capabilities for Sustainability: To meet evolving consumer demands and regulatory requirements, the NFC Forum aims to enable NFC to share data on product composition and recycling options. This enhancement will contribute to a healthier circulatory economy and support sustainability goals.

Regarding the announcement, NFC Forum Executive Director Mike McCamon said,

The exponential growth of NFC technology is a testament to our members’ forward-thinking approach and unwavering dedication to innovation. Through our continuously evolving standards, business-line managers and product designers will be able to create new and exciting products and services that customers will love. As NFC technology becomes more prevalent in our daily lives, our planned features have the potential to significantly enhance the way we pay and receive payments; engage with our favorite brands; power our devices; and access sustainable products and services.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 price and specs leaked through Amazon

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 price and specifications revealed on Amazon Canada website. The e-commerce site briefly listed the upcoming Samsung smartwatch. While the page is no longer live, netizens with eagle eyes managed to capture enough screenshots.

According to the info, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 may come with a price tag of $358.55 CAD in Canada. It translates to about $299 in the United States, similar to the Galaxy Watch 6 price. The listing also confirmed that the wearable will launch on July 10.

Interestingly, the upcoming Galaxy smartwatch may feature 128GB internal storage. Apart from the new 3nm Exynos chipset, the wearable may be equipped with Enhanced BioActiveSensor2. Integration of Galaxy AI will make health monitoring even more accurate.

The upgraded BioActiveSensor will offer features like:

  • Advanced heart rate monitoring
  • Blood oxygen level readings
  • Sleep quality analysis
  • Stress monitoring
  • Various workout modes to suit all fitness levels

Galaxy AI-powered features could include AI Powered Sleep, AI Powered Exercise, and AI Powered Communication. Wear OS 5-based One UI 6 Watch operating system will also bring functional improvements and reliable performance.

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Samsung is expected to hold the Galaxy Unpacked event next month in Paris. Earlier, a report claimed that the products would hit the market shelves in late July itself. It will be the first time when Samsung’s H2 Unpacked products will be available in July.

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Samsung Galaxy A21 gets June 2024 security update in the US

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Samsung is rolling out a fresh update for the Galaxy A21 smartphone, which installs the latest Android security patch released in June 2024. The new update improves system security and stability to provide a better user experience.

June 2024 patch fixes over 55 vulnerabilities including those affecting the grid image display, battery statistics services, call verification, the Samsung Dialer app, and more. Overall, it makes the smartphone more stable, reliable, and secure.

To check for software updates manually, head toward your phone’s Settings. At the bottom, you will get the Software Update section, simply open it. Inside the submenu, you need to hit the Download and Install button if your Galaxy fetches a new OTA.

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Samsung Galaxy A21 smartphone is getting the June 2024 security update with One UI build version A215USQSDCXE1. It is rolling out for locked models on the Verizon network in the US. The company will soon expand this update to more countries.

Notably, this is the first security patch of the year 2024 for the Galaxy A21 smartphone. Previously, the device received a December 2023 security patch in February 2024. The phone is not eligible for more major updates and currently receiving Biannual updates.

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Samsung’s Galaxy AI won’t have Apple Intelligence rival in Europe

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iOS 18 is unlikely to bring Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and updated SharePlay to Europe this year. The company announced that the features unveiled at WWDC 2024 won’t be available in the EU this year given “regulatory uncertainties.”

Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and enhanced SharePlay won’t be available to EU customers due to Apple’s belief “that the interoperability requirements of the DMA could force us to compromise the integrity of our products in ways that risk user privacy and data security.”

The reason is DMA, passed by the European Union in 2023. It requires basic functionalities to work across competing devices and ecosystems. Surely it’s disappointing for Apple users in Europe, but the company said to work with the EU to roll out new AI features.

Apple said to work with EU “in an attempt to find a solution that would enable us to deliver these features to our EU customers without compromising their safety.”

Samsung successfully deployed Galaxy AI across the world with the Galaxy S24 series. Beyond that, the company will be introducing the second generation of Galaxy AI. It will be packed with more powerful features and exciting capabilities for consumers.

Galaxy AI v2 will debut with Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6. Apple Intelligence is slated to launch with the iPhone 16 series, but not in Europe. It could hurt the sales of Apple, giving a solid opportunity to Samsung and its upcoming foldable smartphones.

Apple collaborated with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT into iOS 18. Apple Intelligence brings many cool features, allowing users to create custom emojis through Genmoji, search via an iPhone for specific messages, summarize and transcribe calls, and show priority notifications.

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