Like a growing number of upcoming smartphones, Nokia’s just-revealed MeeGo-running N9 will include a transceiver for NFC data. Users might end up using it to pay for groceries, unlock some new levels in Angry Birds, or quickly transfer files between phones. A short video is available to demo that last feature, and while we’re not sure it will end up being as useful a feature as it has the potential to be, there’s no denying it’s a pretty smooth implementation.
Once you find a file you’d like to share, be it photo, song, or document, the sender simply pulls up a menu and selects NFC as means by which to send the file. Once that’s done, holding the sender phone right up against the receiver will notify the latter of an incoming file request, and prompt the user to authorize its reception. Keeping the two devices in close proximity while the data is transmitted, and a moment later the intended file shows up on the receiver’s phone, easy as pie.
If it looks so good, why our pessimistic outlook? What do you think the odds are that you’re going to 1) stumble across a fellow smartphone user with the right hardware and software to support this kind of file transfer and 2) that at that moment you’ll have a file you’re interested in sending him? Looks good on video; may not be the most practical feature in the real world.