Windows Phone Will Get NFC, LTE and More Variety in 2012

Posted by at 2:09 pm on October 20, 2011

Microsoft’s mobile president Andy Lees added to Windows Phone​ plans for the year early Thursday with confirmation of plans to add NFC to Windows Phone. Devices should start getting the short-range wireless support sometime in 2012. The step would help put them on par with the leading edge of Android and BlackBerry hardware and pay in shops or share data just by tapping the phone.

LTE 4G was coming in the future, Lees said, but he wouldn’t say when.

The next year would also address a major gap relative to Android in variety of devices. Windows Phone was getting an architecture that would let companies add their own hardware support, Lees said. While he didn’t explain what would be different, some have complained that Microsoft’s attempt to avoid Android-like fragmentation h

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