Remember when we told you the Android world was about to be flooded by NFC-enabled devices? Well, Sony Ericsson just took a shot at the dam. The company is partnering with NXP–the same guys that build the NFC chip inside the Nexus S–with the goal of adding NFC support to its Android devices.
Neither company specified whether all or just some future Sony Ericsson phones will have an NFC chip. When talking about which NFC chip Sony Ericsson will use, NXP said:
Sony Ericsson intends to use the NXP PN65 NFC solution in their Android-based smartphones, which includes the NFC radio controller, the embedded secure element and NFC software.NXPNXP Press Release
NXP’s PN65 chip is the same one used on Google Nexus S 4G. So presumably, Sony Ericsson’s fans will be one of the first to be able to take advantage of Google Wallet. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson won’t take its sweet time to release these NFC-enabled phones. Seeing how the technology is about to become a must-have feature, it’ll benefit Sony Ericsson to be one of the first companies to support it.
Now we just need Motorola, LG, Samsung and HTC to jump on the bandwagon. With a bit of luck, most Android phones will have an NFC chip by this time next year. Google certainly hopes so. The company is working on a bunch of features for Ice Cream Sandwich that’ll use the NFC chip. But without NFC support, all these features will go unnoticed by most Android users.
What do you guys think? Does NFC support make Sony Ericsson’s phones more attractive to you? Let us know in the comments.