Google Becomes Member of NFC Forum Board

Google has upgraded its membership in the NFC Forum standards and trade group to the top rung, sponsor member, giving the search giant a seat on the 13-member board.

Google joined the forum in March of 2011 as a principal member, and the recent upgrade indicates Google is still committed to NFC as a component for its Google Wallet as well as NFC support for its Android operating system.

The search giant has also been issuing specifications for embedded secure elements for chip vendors to use to support the Google Wallet, NFC Times has learned, though the specs are apparently not mandatory, except perhaps for Google's Nexus devices. This indicates Google continues to have plans for NFC-enabled embedded secure chips in Google Wallet phones.

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