While the number of NFC apps available in Google’s app store has grown substantially over the past several months, it isn’t easy for nonapp developers to create services for the expanding number of Android NFC phone models.
Next week the Center for Mobile Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., will introduce a Web-based service to enable a much broader range of smartphone users to more easily create apps for NFC-enabled Android phones.
UPDATE: The Center for Mobile Learning, along with its partners on the project, NXP Semiconductors, UPM RFID and digital advertising agency Isobar, will demonstrate an “NFC App Inventor” at the 3rd Annual Auto-ID-Sensing Solutions Expo to be held at the MIT Media Lab. NFC Cluster Boston, a group that promotes the development and marketability of NFC technology and part of the MIT Enterprise Forum, will be involved in the demo and expo. END UPDATE.