NFC and Android

The first Android smartphones with NFC functions were introduced with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In the end of 2010 Google Nexus S by Samsung entered the market. It wasn’t only the first smartphone with Android Gingerbread but also the first Android phone with full support of the NFC technology. Of course, the decision to support NFC had a reason: A few months after the first NFC-enabled Android phone was introduced Google announced the payment service Google Wallet which allows quick and convenient payments via NFC.  While the following Android version Honeycomb didn’t incorporate any new NFC features, the first smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich offered a new and useful NFC feature: Android Beam. This feature provided Android users with a fast and simple way to exchange data between Android devices via a NFC connection.

Google Wallet

The payment service Google Wallet allows Android users to pay by touching a POS terminal with their smartphones. The basic principle: Android users can use Google Wallet to store their payment information on Google’s servers. During the payment process this information is transmitted to the POS terminal via a NFC connection. This way, Android users can leave their wallet at home.

Android Beam

Android Beam can be used since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to exchange data between Android devices. This service offers various usage possibilities, for example, users could share an URL with their friends, send a photo or exchange contact data in a fast and easy way. It’s also imaginable that Android Beam could be used to send friends money.

Android apps

Android users who are interested in NFC can consider themselves as lucky because the Google Play Store offers a wide selection of NFC apps, for example, to encode and read NFC tags. In our app section, we provide you with a short overview about the apps for encoding NFC tags we consider as most useful.

Further information

NFC Smartphone

NFC-Tags for your Smartphone