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Android 2.3 Gingerbread supports NFC contactless payments

TechCrunch is reporting that Google CEO Eric Schmidt let loose at Web Summit 2.0 that Near Field Communication (NFC) support was baked into Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

NFC is a mobile technology that will allow for phones equipped with a special chip to perform specific actions in proximity to special sensors. The applications abound, but the most prevalent one is the ability to make and accept payments via mobile phone.

With Nokia and Apple slated to reveal NFC compatible devices in 2011, it looks like the mobile phone might make yet another item obsolete: the wallet.

via TechCrunch

Apple hires Near Field Communication expert

I am a staunch minimalist when it comes to the things I carry. Naturally, any technology that will allow me to carry one less thing everyday piques my interest. I have been waiting for the day my wallet and the contents therein become obsolete, and it looks like Apple has moved one step closer to making my wish a reality with the recent hiring of Benjamin Vigier as Product Manager of Mobile Commerce. According to his LinkedIn profile, Ben brings ’10 years of experience in mobile software and innovation’ to Apple with expertise in mobile commerce and an extensive background in Near Field Communication (NFC). Apple has had several patents floating around involving NFC, RFID (radio frequency identification), and contactless payments for iPhone, so I am excited about the prospects of a wallet-free future coming to an imminent fruition under Mr. Vigier’s guidance.

Sources: Near Field Communications World, LinkedIn, MacRumors, Engadget