Google’s latest version of its Android smartphone software will enable people to use their handsets to pay for goods in shops and restaurants.
The Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed one of the new devices yesterday, featuring a special chip that allows consumers to quickly pay for items by tapping the phone against a special terminal. Schmidt said support for the technology dubbed Near Field Communications (NFC), will be integrated into the next version of its Android software ‘Gingerbread’ which he said would be introduced in a few weeks.
While NFC technology has been available for years, interoperability with Google’s Android software should make the technology more accessible. This is yet another way that Google has married its smartphone software with internet-based services which really distinguished it from rival’s offerings.