Sony Ericsson is hopping on to the Near Field Communication (NFC) bandwagon with its upcoming XPERIA Android smartphone. The lovechild of Swedish and Japanese tech giants will incorporate NXP’s PN65 NFC solution, which has an open source software for Android that enables Google Wallet. The announcement, surprisingly, came from NXP and not Sony Ericsson. The handset vendor is looking beyond mobile payments and is aiming to incorporate NFC in its entertainment offerings. Hit the jump below to see how. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Band 5 set to launch on the global stage; teaser hints at July launch
Building on Sony Ericsson’s leadership in Android and mobile gaming, the integration of near field communication into our Android-based Xperia™ portfolio is another step in delivering the most entertaining smartphones,” said Jan Uddenfeldt, Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson. “NFC offers our consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and we are poised to drive the development of new, exciting and creative entertainment experiences. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Band 4 with NFC coming out of China with Mastercard support
Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds, had last month showcased a simple NFC-based feature in the game that utilized NFC capabilities in smartphones. Sony Ericsson could probably link its phones with content from PlayStation, Sony Music and Sony Pictures. Possible scenarios could be: Also Read - NFC will soon let you wirelessly charge your earbuds and wearables, thanks to new WLC standard
- Tap your NFC-enabled XPERIA smartphone on the game media cover of a PS3 game and get the mobile version of the game.
- Tap your phone on the cover of any Sony Music or Sony Pictures DVD or Blue-ray disc casing and get the album, movie trailer or behind-the-scenes footage on your phone.
Sony Ericsson is holding a press conference on June 23 in Singapore on the sidelines of CommunicAsia. We doubt that we will see any NFC-enabled XPERIA smartphones getting launched there but then stranger things have happened in the past.