STMicroelectronics, NXP, Trusted Logic and Stollmann have announced that they will promote a common hardware-independent API (Application Programming Interface) for NFC applications on Android mobile devices.
The NFC API will enable developers to create NFC applications to be distributed through app stores, granting Android users access to a range of contactless applications, including mobile payments, transport and event ticketing as well as data sharing directly from their phones.
The API is a result of consultations with various eco-systems partners, including mobile network operators, handset manufacturers and NFC controller providers. It is supported by protocol stacks that are compatible with major NFC chip platforms from STMicroelectronics and NXP and can be used for mobile phones, mobile Internet devices, PCs and more.
“Technical collaboration between leading NFC-protocol stack vendors and NFC-chip manufacturers is both a major and necessary step towards massive adoption of NFC in the Android environment,” said Laurent Degauque, Telecom & NFC marketing manager, STMicroelectronics.