Friday, February 3, 2012

Windows Phone 8 to Support microSD?

Microsoft appears to be readying microSD support for its Windows Phone 8 operating system, a fact of some importance for mobile payments systems that would prefer to use microSD as a way of loading credentials onto mobile devices.

According to Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore, “Apollo” will add support for removable microSD card storage.

NFC radios will also be supported, with Belfiore placing specific emphasis on 8's push into contactless payments. The "wallet experience" ] will have the capability to be carrier-branded and controlled, either by a secure element on the SIM card or using hardware in the phone itself.

As you might guess, mobile service providers are going to opt for credentials loading using the SIM, an element they control.

The microSD might therefore  be seen as a “content sharing” innovation, allowing desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones to all share content.

But microSD will offer one more option for over the top wallet or payment systems to use.

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