The good ladies and gents of Stanford University have identified an update to Google’s Gingerbread 2.3 that essentially makes it less of a pain in the bum to initiate local data transfers.
The Gingerbread 2.3.3 update allows NFC smartphones to pair with a new “tap-to-connect” feature, instead of the usual Bluetooth device-pairing malarkey.
A similar technique was demonstrated by HP at their recent Think Beyond event in San Francisco. Users with webOS can, for example, share a URL by simply tapping the devices together.
NFC is becoming a fairly standard feature in many new smartphones, including the imminent Samsung Galaxy S II. The iPhone 5 is also rumoured to support the technology.
Everything Everywhere has teamed up with Barclaycard to provide a “contactless payment” service. O2 has also completed its own trials. If NFC takes off, it could radically change the way we pay for junk.