Google Planning NFC Roll-Out For May 26

Bloomberg reports that Google plans to dip its far-reaching toes into the mobile payment space starting May 26 on phones from Sprint, according to statements made by three unnamed people close to the situation. The service will give owners of select Android phones (like the Nexus S), the ability to perform transactions and redeem coupons with their smartphone, said the sources.

Last month Sprint said it was talking with a number of different manufacturers and technology companies on NFC payment systems, and it would seem that Google is one of them. The anonymous sources claim that Google’s NFC service will roll out in March in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Though spokespeople from both Sprint and Google declined to comment, we expect that Google’s May 26 press event may have something to do with these hushed plans.

[via Bloomberg]