In the world of smartphones, Near Field Communication (NFC) is going to be the next craze that has started hitting the market. It is predicted that in future it will expand hugely and almost every other smartphone will be NFC enabled. In the coming years, the smartphones will act as your electronic virtual wallets and will replace the use of credit/debit cards. Most of the mobile carriers and manufacturer have announced and are working on NFC technology. Smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Google, Nokia, Apple, Motorola and RIM are extensively working on NFC technology and by the end of this year we will have the great number of NFC enabled smartphones released.
Currently, the devices with NFC chip incorporated include, Benq T80, Google Nexus S, LG 600V contactless, Motorola L7 (SLVR), Nokia 3220 NFC, Nokia 6131 NFC, Nokia 6212 Classic, Nokia 6216 Classic, Nokia 6680, Nokia C7-00, Sagem my700X contactless, Sagem CosyPhone, Samsung D500E, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung S5230, Samsung SGH-X700 NFC and Samsung Wave 578. According to the makers of NFC chip, Inside Secure and NXP Semiconductors, there will be almost 50 million handsets released by the end of this year with built-in NFC chips. Nokia C7-00 was the first smartphone released this year with NFC chip incorporated but to use the NFC technology on has to upgrade the OS.
It is assumed that the Sequel of Samsung Galaxy SII will be NFC enabled because they are based on Android OS Gingerbread which has support for NFC technology and all Samsung has to do is to add the NFC chip in the smartphones. Moreover, other top smartphone manufacturers, RIM and Apple are reportedly working on NFC enabled smartphones.
RIMs upcoming BlackBerry smartphones of this year have NFC connectivity in their specification. Forthcoming NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphones include BlackBerry Bold Touch with GSM codename Dakota and CDMA codename Montana, BlackBerry Curve with GSM codename Apollo and CDMA codename Sedona, BlackBerry Storm Touchscreen with GSM codename Monza and CDMA codename Monaco, BlackBerry Torch 2 and BlackBerry Curve Touch with GSM codename tba and CDMA codename Malibu. The BlackBerry OS 6.1 has support for NFC and there will be a Smart Tags NFC application for tagging photos and by touching the NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphones users can exchange the tagged images.
Moreover, HTC the world’s 4rth largest smartphone manufacturing company is also all geared up to launch the very first NFC enabled smartphone in the 3rd quarter of this year. So, if you are planning to buy a smartphone then look for the one with NFC capability because the future of this technology is very promising and there will be a lot of applications and services that will require you to have the NFC enabled smartphone. NFC technology will definitely make a difference in our tech life by making it even easier and convenient.