Google in New York City holding a event tomorrow to announce the NFC strategy for their Android phones. Google has refused to confirm it. However, an email from the PR firm representing ViVOtech, spilled the beans.
From their own site:
ViVOtech near field communication (NFC) software and systems enable rich mobile commerce solutions for in-store payment, loyalty, marketing, and merchandising.
ViVOtech’s PR people go on to note that they “worked closely” with Google and “has provided ViVOtech technologies to enrich Google upcoming “latest innovations””
There is one other NFC partner — apparently Sprint (which carries the Nexus S) and perhaps Citibank for the money side of things.
While not specifically confirming its planned payment service, Google executives have confirmed that NFC will play a significant role in their company’s future plans. At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week in New York City, Google’s commerce and payments chief Stephanie Tilenius said that “we’re making a big bet on [NFC] as a company,” adding “there is a lot of potential there.”