One technology which smartphone manufacturers and mobile operating system developers seem keen to support in 2011 is NFC, we have previously heard how RIM want to bring this tech to all of their OS 6.1 devices, also we have heard that the iPhone 5 will almost certainly feature NFC support, now we are hearing that Windows Phone 7 could be next.
According to a recent article posted on BusinessWeek Microsoft are currently working on a version of Windows Phone 7 which will support contactless payments, this has not been officially announced, however BusinessWeek supposedly got this information from “two people familiar with the plans”.
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Obviously to offer NFC support Windows Phone 7 smartphone manufacturers will have include an NFC chip in their compliant devices, but it is at least good to know that the software side of things is being sorted by Microsoft.
Back in February we posted an article which confirmed that Nokia were scrapping Symbian in favor of Windows Phone 7, perhaps future Nokia smartphones will feature NFC support, at the moment most WP7 devices have been manufactured by HTC and Samsung, therefore these manufacturers will almost certainly be adopting the tech soon.
Does your next smartphone purchase have to be NFC compliant?