NFC may be coming to WP7 in the near future
HTC HD7 owners first to get NoDo update at T-Mobile
Published: 30 March, 2011
Google has been leading the way with its NFC compatible Android but according to sources over at Bloomberg Microsoft is following suit with Windows Phone 7. The OS may be lagging behind Android 2.3 and Apple's iOS but the inclusion of the technology in future phones running Windows Phone 7 could help it to regain some of its market share. As of yet NFC update hasn't been seen in Microsoft's roadmap for 2011 but future updates supporting the mobile payment system don't seem that far off and it is said that handsets featuring the technology could be seen by the end of the year.
It looks like Apple are also hopping on the NFC bandwagon though if the rumours are true it won't make it into this years new iPhone model. There was talk that the iPad 2 would be getting it as well but that turned out to be false.
The first device to be released featuring NFC was Google's Nexus S handset which went on sale in December running the Gingerbread build of Android. Estimates suggest that mobile payments could total $245bn in 2014, an increase of $32bn from 2010's estimate. The number of smartphones shipped in 2012 with NFC is expected to double over this year's figure.
Microsoft's deal with Nokia looks like it will be important part of their strategy to deliver handsets with NFC has the Finnish phone giant has said it will make it a standard feature of its Symbian smartphones in 2011.
In other Windows Phone 7 news T-Mobile's HTC HD7 owners have become some of the first to receive the first update for the OS, NoDo. The update brings with it copy & paste functionality as well as CDMA support. Other improvements scheduled for Windows Phone 7 over the next year include multitasking, twitter integration and internet explorer 9 with HTML5 compatibility.