NFC chip supplier Inside Secure has released a new version of its NFC software stack, as it seeks to break rival NXP Semiconductors’ dominance of the market for NFC chips in Android phones.
Inside, which announced the release of NFC software to support Google’s new Android 4.0 operating system, or Ice Cream Sandwich, charges that NXP is trying to lock Android phone makers into its NFC chips.
Google has adopted NXP’s NFC software or protocol stack for Android and is using the software–along with NXP’s NFC chips–in its Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus NFC phones. Samsung Electronics makes the phones for Google and is also using NXP software and chips for all its own NFC phones. Just about all other makers of Android NFC devices are doing the same.