Mar 15th, 2011

Of the many technologies that Google is bent on making a success, NFC payments sit near the top of the heap. In what amounts to one half trial run and one half brute-force attempt to bring NFC into our lives, the company is reported to be purchasing NFC payment terminals by the thousands from VeriFone for installation in stores around tech-oriented San Francisco and New York City.

Google’s push for NFC had already come with rumors that the company wanted to institute their own payment system, and this latest report only seems to strengthen those claims. As it stands, Google’s own Nexus S is just about the only handset in North America to offer NFC technology, though that should change this summer with the release of the iPhone 5 as well as more Android devices using the technology.

[via Engadget]