SimplyTapp NFC Payment System Debuts with CyanogenMod 9.1
While CyanogenMod 10 becomes the norm for many cutting-edge device, it appears that CyanogenMod 9.1 still has a trick up its sleeve when it debuts. In an industry first, CyanogenMod (a community-maintained Android ROM that isn’t directly affiliated with the AOSP) has partnered with NFC cloud-based payment company SimplyTapp to produce a new method of paying for real goods and services with NFC-capable devices.
Much like Google Wallet, Google’s NFC payment system, SimplyTapp allows users of NFC capable devices (flashed with CM 9.1) to store payment method information in the cloud. By installing the app and signing up for a card ($0 to $5 depending on the type of card, with fixed amount gift cards, re-loadable cards and some local store cards available) your device can be used in a similar fashion to a debit or credit card but with the added simplicity of waving your NFC capable device to make a payment and the added security of storing your payment information in the cloud until needed.
According to the announcement at the Cyanogenmod homepage, enhancements to the Ice Cream Sandwich NFC stack were necessary to make this service work, and those changes have been implemented in the upcoming CyanogenMod 9.1 release. CyanogenMod 10, which is based on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), will eventually see Tapp as well, but not until changes to the AOSP Jelly Bean tree slow down.
The announcement also mentions that while CM 9.1 will not contain new features, it ushers in a host of bug-fixes. This also serves as an indicator that new features will no longer be introduced to CM9.