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Android Gingerbread to support Near Field Communications

Android Gingerbread to support Near Field Communications

One of the key features rumoured to be a part of the next iteration of the iPhone, will be making its way to Google’s Android operating system too.

Near Field Communications, or NFC as it’s more commonly known, is a short-range, high frequency wireless technology that allows two devices four-inches apart to communicate with each other.

While wireless technologies are nothing new to smartphones, what makes this one different is that it could be used to transform your smartie into a credit card.

Or at least that’s what Google CEO Eric Schmidt had in mind when he showed off the tech with the newly announced Google Nexus S at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

The idea of a secure and contact-less way of paying the bill at a restaurant would appeal to many. We even forsee the technology being used to replace things like the Oyster card and however many loyalty cards punters keep stashed in their wallets. And with both Apple and Google on board, the adoption of NFC seems almost guaranteed, too.

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