Bloomberg is reporting that they have two sources who have said that NFC will be coming to Windows Phones in 2011. For those who aren’t up to speed, NFC is near field communication. In common terms, it’s a chip that has a short range and lets you do things like make payments wirelessly by passing your phone by a receiver or you can get information about a product or share information. Things like that. The reason this is important is that Android supports NFC and there are strong rumors that the iPhone 5 will support it as well (just as many go against that though) so it’s important that Windows Phones are keeping up with the market. Next year there’s expecting to be an explosion of NFC in the S as more and more phones are NFC capable.
To be clear, Bloomberg is stating that this will comes “in the next version of its Windows Phone operating system” which we presume means Mango since that’s also been called Windows Phone 7.5. Nokia has a strong play for NFC and in their phones and it’s likely that MS and Nokia will work together in bringing this to WP7. Of course, if you’re an early adopter with a current device this won’t impact you as you need the hardware as well.
The last Bloomberg rumor was that the Blackberry Playbook would be able to load Android apps and they were right so let’s hope they get this one too.