CyanogenMOD 9.1 debuts with NFC payment system SimplyTapp

The CyanogenMOD team has released a new version today, 9.1, based on Android 4.0.4. Now this is not the newest build — that’s the quickly-iterating CM10 — but 9.1 provides some much-needed bug fixes and improvements to certain handsets, along with one significant feature addition.

CM 9.1 adds code to make it compatible with a newly-built NFC-based payment system called SimplyTapp. While its usage is fairly limited right now — it’s only compatible with a few devices, including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, or any other CM9-compatible handset with NFC capabilities. The way it works is by loading a pre-set amount of money on NFC cards, or by using compatible NFC-compatible gift cards such as those from McDonalds, Whole Foods or, ironically enough, Tim Hortons.

Card credentials are stored in the cloud, which means that any secure information is not accessible to thieves or hackers in case your phone is compromised. Because this is a pilot project it’s starting really, really small, but if you’re interested in giving SimplyTapp a try, head on to get.cm to download your CM9.1 build.

Source: CyanogenMOD Blog