Inside Secure is confident it will be able to announce a design win for an Android NFC phone before the end of the year, according to Rémy de Tonnac, CEO of the struggling No. 2 NFC chip maker.
It would be the first Android NFC phone using a chip not supplied by NXP Semiconductors. De Tonnac made the statement in speaking to financial analysts recently, following release of Inside’s poor first half financial results. The France-based chip supplier had indicated earlier that it would enter the Android NFC market, but the announcement has been delayed, said de Tonnac.
He confirmed to NFC Times that in the conference call he was referring to a design win for an NFC-enabled phone from a tier-two Android phone maker. De Tonnac indicated during the conference call that he believes the emergence of Apple and Samsung Electronics as the two dominant smartphone makers is roiling the market and causing delays in other Android smartphone makers ordering NFC chips.