Google has launched its first tablet, the Nexus 7.
Featuring an NFC radio controller and an embedded Secure Element, the PN65 is validated and integrated on the latest release of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Google says the tablet, which will be shipped in for £159, builds on the introduction of NFC features in Nexus-branded smartphones and innovations like Google Wallet enabled by NXP technology.
Jelly Bean includes NXP’s NFC open source software stack, making it easier for OEMs and application developers to bring NFC devices and services to market.
'After NXP’s successes with Nexus devices like Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and smartphones in general, we are proud to also be the NFC technology partner for Google’s first NFC-enabled tablet,' said Ruediger Stroh, executive VP and general manager, identification business, NXP Semiconductors.
'NXP is seeing more mobile devices including tablets integrating secure NFC technology to create richer user experiences and convenient mobile transactions. As an integral part of revolutionary products like the Google Nexus tablet, NXP is continuing to drive broader consumer adoption of NFC.'
Google says the Nexus 7, available from mid July, builds on the legacy that NXP has with Google, including the successful introduction of NFC features in Google Experience Nexus-branded smartphones and innovations like Google Wallet. NXP is the co-inventor of NFC technology and continues to be the leader in driving the NFC ecosystem and NFC adoption.
Jan Dawson, chief telecoms analyst at Ovum said: 'The tablet is an important step forward for Google’s Android tablet strategy, in that it breaks the dichotomy that exists presently between low-priced, low performance devices and over-priced, high spec devices.
'The Nexus 7 borrows heavily from the Amazon Kindle Fire in that it puts content front and centre, but it doesn’t solve the biggest challenge for Android tablets: the lack of apps optimized for the larger screen size. At 7 inches, this problem is less acute, but it doesn’t solve the problem and Google said nothing about how it will address this problem. In addition, the price point likely benefits from some subsidy and therefore isn’t sustainable in the long term – Google still needs to solve the fundamental problem of Android tablets, which is the lack of compelling apps and content optimized for the devices.'
• Nexus 7 features full NFC potential based on a mature and proven software stack. This software has already been deployed on many devices including two NFC-enabled Google Nexus smartphones.
• NXP’s best-in-class PN65 supports full NFC functionality, enabling use cases and applications such as Android Beam and Bluetooth pairing. Mobile users can share contact information, webpages, videos, and directions just by tapping two NFC-enabled devices together.
• With the tablet, Google says it continues to extend its market leadership by opening up NFC to developers to create innovative applications for tablets.
• The PN65 features an embedded Secure Element for mobile transactions such as payments, transportation and ticketing, physical access and other contactless applications. The same underlying security technology is used for bank cards and electronic passports around the world.
• According to Google, the NXP’s Secure Element has been field-tested and deployed in numerous commercial installations and includes contactless and secure applications such as payments, eGovernment, transportation, access, anti-counterfeit, cyber security and readers.