The Google Nexus S, the first Android phone to support NFC, already has all the functionality required to support a full range of near field communication services, chip maker NXP has told NFC World.

Software upgrades to Android 2.3 and further extensions to the software development kit (SDK) to support mobile payments and other NFC functions will be rolled out in phases.

Other handset manufacturers are also now able to develop Android Gingerbread phones with full NFC functionality built in, NXP added, as the protocol stack it has developed for Google includes all the functionality they require.

The reason the SDK only includes tag reading functionality at the moment is that Google wanted to introduce NFC as quickly as possible, NXP’s Charles Dachs told NFC World at the Cartes show in Paris this week. Updates to the SDK to enable developers to write NFC applications for mobile payments and other applications on Android Gingerbread devices are to be rolled out on a phased basis, he explained.

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