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Motorola looking to deploy NFC in smartphones

Motorola sizing up NFC technology
Motorola sizing up NFC technology

Motorola has confirmed to TechRadar that it's looking to add NFC to its smartphones in the future when it believes the market is ready.

Paul Nicholson, product marketing director for Motorola Mobility, said the company was currently looking at addressing the security concerns with the technology:

"It's about finding the right point in time for NFC. We're clearly looking to deploy an initiative in that area when that time comes.

"It's going to be next big thing in the smartphone world, enabling users to get rid of their wallet and car keys and just have it in a smartphone."

Security top priority

"However, consumers' main concerns are about security, and we're looking hard at those elements. When the time's right, we will deploy it, but we're still evaluating what the implications are."

Nicholson declined to give an exact time frame, despite other manufacturers saying that the technology was going to be big over the next 12 months, stating that for nearly a decade he'd heard that the technology was coming and it was still yet to fully materialise.

However Motorola has conducted trials into this area over the years, and has a patent portfolio to back it up - so if NFC takes off it wouldn't be a big ask for the renaissance company to becoming involved in a big way.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth was in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade and now runs the entire editorial team. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.