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Top message:  still no nfc by whocares   Sep 10, 2013, 3:42 PM

Replying to:  NFC vs. iBeacon by Rich Brome   Sep 10, 2013, 9:52 PM

Re: NFC vs. iBeacon

by Zpike    Sep 13, 2013, 9:56 AM

Sorry, I was going to respond the other night when we were having this discussion, but I kept having trouble with the website and only just now got back to it.

>>NFC doesn't actually have that much bandwidth. It's mostly used for very small data transfers. In the case of something like Samsung's S-Beam, NFC is just used to do the pairing; the actual data transfer takes place over Bluetooth HS / Wi-Fi Direct.

I honestly didn't know that there was a handoff to bluetooth or wifi. I thought that NFC handled the data transfer as well. Thanks for clarifying that.

>>For payments, have you tried Google Wallet?

I know that many people are embracing this, but this is the one application of NFC I want nothing to do with. I don't think I will ever be willing to tie my credit card to my phone.

>>Yes Android phones will have their own Bluetooth LE Beacons, but you can bet that Apple's iBeacon system will not interoperate with Android, just as AirDrop and AirPlay do not.

Yea, but in the case of the store-mapping application talked about in that article, Apple might not have much choice. 5 years ago you saw businesses and vendors make decisions to launch new services that only worked with iOS. But I'm guessing a department store chain isn't going to be willing to alienate all those Android toting customers today. And I don't see them buying two implementations of the same technology just to accommodate both. I think Apple will have to play nice whether they want to or not. But I've been wrong before. Now on the other hand, I do agree with you that there likely won't be any apps that allow iOS and Android devices to interact directly with one another.

>> I would not be surprised if they excluded NFC for space reasons.

I wouldn't either. They have always preferred form over function.

Knowing that neither technology has a high bandwidth does even things out a bit in my mind. But NFC still has the advantages of the NFC tags and the more secure close proximity requirement. I really feel that they are similar technologies that are better suited to different tasks, and am glad my next device will have both.

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