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HP Bringing NFC To Phones And Tablets This Year

Hewlett-Packard said that it is considering implementing NFC technology (Near Field Communications) in its mobile handsets, and aims to bring the NFC phones to the U.S. market by the end of this year.

Bloomberg reports that two people familiar with the company’s direction have stated that HP will not only introduce NFC technology to its phones, but tablet PCs as well. Although this isn’t ground-breaking news that a large manufacturer like HP is adopting a soon-to-be trendy technology, it does offer us a time table of when we can expect major companies to jump on board with NFC.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, NFC, it’s a wireless technology that allows the user to tap his or her phone to a contact-less reader to be able to pay for things with ease.

Apple is also heavily rumored to be releasing NFC technology on the iPhone 5 next year, so any headstart that HP can get, is a good thing for the company. Although I do not think that NFC will dramatically boost HP phone sales, I do think it will save them from becoming antiquated as other companies move forward with modern technology.

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