NFC Roundup: Google Talks New Wallet Features, GS2 May Be First To Support Isis

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The big NFC question of the day may be whether or not the iPhone 5 will support the feature, but there’s also new developments on a couple NFC fronts in Android-land.

Slowly but surely, Google continues to flesh-out Wallet with new features and capabilities. In recent weeks, we’ve seen it greatly expand its credit card compatibility with a bit of a workaround, and learned that Google managed to sway Discover over to supporting the app. Google’s Robin Dua recently headed-up a Q&A session regarding Wallet, where he talked a little bit about what direction the app is heading. That includes supporting a whole lot more than payment cards, and next on the agenda are going to be things like tickets, as well as non-redeemable items like a personal itinerary or receipts – basically exactly the sort of stuff you’d carry in a physical wallet.

The other big player in mobile payments (or, at least, it’s hoping to be if it ever gets things off the ground) is Isis, back by a consortium of credit card companies. There’s a new software updated headed out to the Galaxy S II on T-Mobile, and among the changes listed for it is an Isis/NFC update. That doesn’t tell us exactly when we might hope to see the service get started, nor when it will become widespread, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Source: Google (YouTube), T-Mobile
Via: 9to5 Google, Droid-life

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