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NFC’s Future: From Mobile Wallet to Angry Birds

Written on June 19, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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From paying things by simply waving a phone to to unlocking your door, NFC will become a part of every smartphone user's life in the future.

To those who doesn’t know yet, (), is a hot technology nowadays. In fact, various influential companies are betting that will play a prominent role in people’s lives in the future. From mobile payments and digital wallets to smart doors and interactive toys, this technology will simplify tasks and will enable users to do unimaginable things.

James Anderson, Senior Vice President of Mobile at MasterCard, cited two recent events which proves that NFC’s tipping point is soon to come. First was Google’s inclusion of the technology in Android and AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s announcement that they will be creating a NFC-enabled system. Second is the search engine giant’s announcement of its own digital wallet.

It is no brainer that is the most common application of Near Field Communications. According to Qualcomm’s Sy Choudhury, almost 50% of smartphones will support NFC. And once enough devices include the technology in their system, with ample hardware to read NFC chips, then paying for things by waving a phone will become mainstream.

However, not everyone are clamoring to adopt the mobile payment system. Regardless, is helping to push the technology to the mainstream with their . Announced at ’s last Tuesday afternoon, the Magic will utilize the NFC and GPS to bring the popular mobile video game into the real world. In addition to this, mass transit, health monitoring apps, ‘smart homes and appliances’ are deemed to be NFC’s additional application.


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