With rumors heating up that makers of Android smartphones will add NFC chips to “several” models due out by the first part of next year, the battles among suppliers of those chips and the software that supports them has been heating up, as well.
Pent-up demand from mobile operators and service providers starved of NFC phones could mean tens of millions of euros worth of orders for NFC chips, with plenty more available in royalties and licensing fees for software suppliers. So the competition has been fierce among vendors jockeying for position in the coming market for new Android-based NFC phones.
And that market looks promising. Unlike the rumors of the fourth-generation iPhone going to NFC, which did not pan out earlier this month, sources who work on Google’s Android platform say NFC smartphones packing the open-source operating system are much more of a sure bet to hit the market over the next several months.