Google to launch NFC mobile wallet services

19 Sep 2011

Google to launch NFC mobile wallet services

Google’s near field communication (NFC) mobile wallet service will be launched in the US today, according to reports, enabling Android smartphone owners to use their phones to pay for goods in certain stores.

Google launched an NFC field trial in New York in May, enabling users of Nexus S smartphones on the Sprint network to buy goods and services via their mobile devices at various retailers, including Macy’s, American Eagle and Subway.

According to TechCrunch, Google will officially launch the service today.

At present, the only compatible phone is the Nexus S 4G on the Sprint network. However, Google has a sticker product that allows other phones to enjoy tap-and-pay payments.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years