We've been hearing plenty about NFC and its suggested uses for the past little while, as we know -- it's a new technology and one that many people are exploring in an effort to make it part of everyone's daily lives but realistically, it's just not there yet. Google, being one of the major players in the NFC game has just launched their NFC service -- Google Wallet, in a limited launch starting off with the Android powered Samsung Nexus S 4G from Sprint. Google has managed to teamed up with Citi, MasterCard and now Visa, Discover and American Express are all on board in what Google sees as an effort to create an "open commerce ecosystem".
RIM as we know, with the release of the NFC capable BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 as well as the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is prepared to take on an NFC services that come up. Rather then be left behind in this situation, RIM for once is right up there willing to adopt a new technology offering to a certain extent but will they make use of it?
Google has made it known they will team up with anyone interested in their Google Wallet services in an effort to make it available to everyone and that offers extends to RIM, Microsoft, Apple and more. It could would be a good move for RIM to reach out to Google if they haven't already and get this happening. Google Wallet will be a test bed of NFC usage for anyone involved and it's a test bed RIM should be a part of.
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