updated 04:50 pm EDT, Mon May 2, 2011
Google, Ingenico team up on NFC gear, software
Ingenico, a French maker of digital payment terminals for retailers, has recently announced it will partner with Google on bringing Near Field Communications (NFC) applications and terminals for retailers. At the same time, Ingenico's CEO Phillippe Lazare said Google can deliver coupons to a phone using the NFC standard when they simply enter a store. In some cases, users can get the discount upon checking out during that same visit.
The full-blown NFC payments on Android devices aren't yet ready for launch, Lazare added. Initially, the NFC systems will only be used to deliver coupons, with mobile NFC payments still some ways off. This will likely work as part of the recently launched Google Offers program that relies on information from Google Places.
A similar NFC deal was reportedly struck recently between Google and VeriFone in New York and San Francisco, albeit on a trial basis. [via SlashGear]