Near Field Communication or NFC is the talk of town. Ever since Galaxy Nexus came out all guns blazing one of its features NFC has grabbed quite a lot of attention. Its not that NFC is new to the market, it has been here for some time. With Galaxy nexus showing that Android supports NFC, Microsoft has said that even their devices, i.e. Windows Phone support NFC, it just that manufacturers are yet to exploit this area.
Microsoft’s Will Coleman said to techradar that inclusion of NFC is just a matter of time.
This is what is said:
As far as I’m aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). So, if any OEM wants to enable it that can be done by all means. Think it’s about just about timing, in the not too distant future there are some exciting things that will be coming through with NFC from Microsoft.
Microsoft will also be bringing the NFC wallet technology to Window Phone to compete with Google Wallet. However Secure NFC which can be used to carry out transactions and payment is yet to be implemented in Windows Phone. Maybe this is the reason manufacturers are holding out on the inclusion of NFC.
While Microsoft is out in the middle fighting against Google and Apple for a significant place in the Smartphone market, the future of companies like Nokia is also dependent on the success of Windows Phone. We still don’t know whether NFC will play an important role in the future but it certainly is a hot property at the moment.