SIM Vendors Promote ‘Open API’ for NFC Phones; Google Not Yet Onboard

Nov 30 2011

NFC phone software from SIM vendor group the SIMalliance that helps phone app developers tie into the secure elements on NFC phones is getting strong support from mobile operators but not from Google, at least not yet.

The SIMalliance, which just released a second version of its “Open Mobile API,” said some handset makers have already incorporated the API, which it calls a “de facto standard” for NFC phones.

The application-programming interface has the endorsement of the GSM Association, the trade group representing most mobile operators worldwide. The GSMA sees the API as a standardized way for developers to access payment or other secure applications on SIM cards as they build apps that could run in NFC mobile wallets on Android phones.

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