Jan 24, 2012 | XING and Samsung Launch Next Generation of Mobile Networking

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  • XING Beam: Mobile Handshake with near field communication (NFC)
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus first mobile device to run Android 4.0
  • More than 20% of XING’s traffic from mobile devices

Hamburg, January 24, 2012: The latest version of the XING Android app was released today and makes it even easier than ever for business professionals to network with one another. XING, the leading business network in German-speaking countries, now provides its members with the option to add contacts using near field communication (NFC). This new feature is called “Beam” and is activated when two XING members call up their XING profile on their Android device and then hold the two devices next to each other.

“We’re really happy about launching the new Beam feature as it underlines the importance and value of mobile devices here at XING”, said Jörg Malang, VP Product at XING AG. “Right now about 20% of our traffic comes from mobile devices and we’re working hard to make sure we continue to offer our mobile users an enhanced networking experience.”

“The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first Android device to offer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and NFC, making us a leader in the Android and NFC markets”, said Mario Winter, Head of Marketing for the Telecom Division at Samsung Electronics GmbH.

NFC is a quick and secure standard used to transfer data over short distances, making it ideal for people wanting to connect at trade fairs, for example. Samsung, the world’s leading manufacturer of Android smartphones, is initially launching this feature on its flagship device, the Galaxy Nexus, although it is also available to any NFC-enabled smartphone running Android 4.0.

About XING
XING is the social network for business professionals. More than 11 million members worldwide use XING to boost their business, job, and career. XING is a platform where professionals from all kinds of different industries can meet up, find jobs, colleagues, new assignments, cooperation partners, experts and generate business ideas. Members can meet and exchange views in over 50,000 specialist groups, while also getting together at networking events. The platform is operated by XING AG, which was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 2003, has been publicly listed since 2006, and listed on the TecDAX since September 2011. In December 2010, XING acquired amiando AG, a Munich-based company and Europe’s leading provider of online event management and ticketing. Please visit www.xing.com for more information.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com 

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