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Google: one third of check-out terminals will support NFC by next year

By Emil · 5 replies
Jun 23, 2011
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  1. Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt believes that a third of check-out terminals in retail stores and restaurants will be upgraded to support Near Field Communication (NFC). That means if your…

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    Yah... now you will have to chain yourself to your cellphone...
  3. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    I'm not sure how I feel about NFC... Part of me thinks it's cooler than the other side of my pillow... Then again, I keep thinking it's more vulnerable than Sony.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    This gets the award for 'most arbitrary prediction of the month.' One-third huh? So one out of three check-outs at the grocery store, or one out of three stores, or one out of three cities, or everything on the coasts, but nothing between Las Vegas and Philly, which is 1/3 of the country?

    And that's great that VISA and Mastercard are on board, but how about Semicron (?) and other point of sale scanner manufacterers that will be making these things equipped with NFC? Are they on board to only produce new units with NFC?

    Cell phones are often front runners in technology because companies give you the latest and greatest cheap to sign a contract.. the actual infrastructure is slow to follow. I've yet to see my 4G equipped phone get a 4G signal here in tiny Milwaukee, so unless Google is going to pay for all the new terminals, I'd say a year is pretty optimistic.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    1/3? Unless they plan on heavily subsidizing it themselves I don't see that. Something like NFC is probably going to go the rate of USB 3.0 adoption, something that gets installed when its time to replace your existing hardware, or if you're buying new hardware.

    So if a new store opens (ahem, "in this economy") and they have to buy new checkout equipment, they may go ahead and buy the kind that supports NFC. But would a supermarket chain spend millions to upgrade its existing checkouts? Probably not.
  6. "it's in their interests to convert as fast as they humanly can"

    man, this is so stuck up... it's like saying that if you're not using our product, you suck, cos we really are the best and you don't need to question anything, just buy it

    "Unfortunately, Google Wallet will only initially be compatible with the Nexus S 4G on Sprint..."

    oh so unfortunate really? i wish ggl never did come up with anything (well, i wish ggl never was there in the first place)... for a human being having everything done through the phone, it's a single point of failure... for the rest it's an easy tracking device... not to mention the 666 idea

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