While we’ve written a few stories on the Nexus S since it was unveiled yesterday, one element we haven’t yet discussed is NFC.
This is a technology Google’s new smartphone boasts, the full name of which is Near Field Communication. It could allow the handset to be used in some pretty novel ways in the future.
Essentially, the feature allows your phone to read information from everyday objects with NFC chips embedded in them. Such “smart tags” could be placed in anything from T-shirts to movie posters, with the handset reading them simply by being held in close proximity. The phone can then read text, URLs and other details from the chips.
A tags app will also be included with the Nexus S phone, so you can save tags you like, and even star your favourites.
Technology experts predict the possibility of NFC eventually allowing mobile phones to be used as credit cards, with a simple swipe from your handset replacing the traditional plastic. Indeed, Japan already makes use of NFC in phones – although whether over here, it’d just be another compelling reason to be mugged for your mobile is a point to bear in mind.
The Nexus S is coming out via Carphone Warehouse on December 20th.