30 May '12, 8pm

No More Waiting on Near Field Communication - IEEE Spectrum

No More Waiting on Near Field Communication - IEEE Spectrum

For years, when analysts and engineers talked about phones replacing our wallets , they focused on a single technology: Near Field Communication . NFC allows devices located within a centimeter or two of each other to establish a wireless connection. But eight years after Nokia, Philips, and Sony founded the NFC Forum , the technology still isn’t common in phones. In the United States, only two models, available on the Sprint network, have shipped with the NFC hardware to support Google Wallet . (Verizon Wireless’s Galaxy Nexus phone has an NFC chip, but the company initially blocked its use for Google Wallet .) Certainly, there will be more NFC-enabled phones to choose from in the future: Over 100 models have been announced for 2012, according to analysts at the Swedish firm Berg Insight [PDF] , more than twice as many as the 40 models released globally in 2011. But just ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/wireless/no-more-waiting...

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