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Near Field Communication explained

A nice video from an Android engineer explaining Near Field Communication on the Nexus S.

Source: Youtube via Gizmodo

Google Nexus S reviewed by TechCrunch — $529 unlocked

Michael Arrington on ‘the best phone on the market today’:

The bottom line is this. If you are an iPhone user this isn’t going to make you switch. If you’re an Android user you will want this phone more than any other. If you’re currently neither, we recommend that you go with the Nexus S. It is better than the iPhone in most ways. What you lose with the slightly less impressive screen and iOS’s slightly slicker user experience you will more than make up for with the Nexus S’s ability to actually make phone calls that don’t drop and Google’s exceptional Navigation and voice input applications. The fact that the phone is unlocked and can be used abroad with other carriers is also a very big plus.

I’m glad to see Google hasn’t completely abandoned their Nexus line designed to their specifications and running stock Android. By all accounts, the Nexus S looks like a top-notch phone that should serve as a reference design for the next wave of Android handsets. The curved screen is intriguing and Android 2.3 Gingerbread seems to have brought some much needed UI improvements. I am especially pleased to see that Android 2.3 and the Nexus S support Near Field Communication — a technology that should see wide-scale adoption in 2011.

The Nexus S will be available exclusively at Best Buy in the US. It can be had completely unlocked for $529 or $199 with a 2-year T-Mobile contract. If you want the best phone, the Nexus S is your best bet. If you want the best mobile device, however, it’s still the iPhone 4.

Sources: TechCrunch, Google

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