|A firmware upgrade enabling the C7 to handle a variety of NFC tag reading and pairing applications will be available from the beginning of next year, Nokia's head of PR for France has said. |
Nokia's C7 smartphone will be able to handle NFC tag reading and pairing functions from the beginning of 2011, Xavier des Horts, the company's head of PR for France, has told technology publication Teknologik in an exclusive video interview.
Nokia launched the C7 in September and revealed the following month that the smartphone contains an NFC chip and that it would be possible to upgrade the device to support NFC. It did not reveal at the time, however, when the software upgrade needed to switch on its NFC functionality would be available.
Now, des Horts has told Teknologik, the Nokia C7's NFC functionality "will be activated with the next firmware release, early next year." At that point, he expains, the device will be able to perform applications such as pairing with a headset, playing games and storing coupons.
No date has yet been set for the arrival of payments applications on Nokia phones, however, although des Horts does say that the handset maker will provide card emulation functions in the future. Whether that will be possible with the C7, though, is not currently clear as industry rumours suggest the C7 may not include the necessary hardware to support payments applications.