At WIMA 2012 in Monaco, Nokia announced a new NFC smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC.
The device is Nokia’s 1st Windows Phone NFC enabled smartphone.
Using the Lumia 610 as a reference product design, Nokia in cooperation with partners added the NFC support. The device, just like its predecessor, is powered by Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. For general detailed specifications on the Lumia 610 please visit our device specification section. Further I will concentrate on general overview of the "NFC" part of the Lumia 610 NFC.
Nokia worked together with INSIDE Secure, a company well known in the NFC industry for providing leading NFC solutions, to integrate NFC hardware and software support on top of the already established Lumia 610 product.
Supporting Operating Modes
The device is able to read and write to a number of NFC tags. Supported technologies are NFC forum Type 1,2,3,4 (Including Topaz, Ultralight C, NTag, Felica, DesFire, ISO-14443 Type A/B, ..), Mifare Std, Kovio and others
- Virtual Tag
The device is able to simulate an NDEF Type 4 Tag
- Card Emulation
The device is able to emulate a SmartCard, with data exchange with a SIM based card application over SWP (Single Wire Protocol) supporting payment and ticketing use cases (Secure NFC
MasterCard PayPass® and Visa payWave® certified
The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC passed Mastercard and Visa contactless payment certification.
The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC is initially planned to be available with Orange later this year. Other markets and operators availablity has not been announced yet.
APIs and functionalities
The above mentioned functionalities are exposed via the InsideSecure’s Open-NFC platform. It includes APIs to access the whole NFC functionality enabling creation of a variety of NFC application use cases. InsideSecure made a port of the Open NFC platform to Microsoft Platforms. Visit the Open NFC platform pages for more details.
3rd party application development
To develop NFC applications for the Lumia 610 NFC developers need the standard Windows Phone development environment plus:
- Open NFC for WP libraries
- Nokia Lumia 610 NFC device with custom firmware
At the moment the Open NFC WP7 port/addon is not publicly available.
Partners of Nokia (including Nokia Developer PRO and Launchpad program members) are invited to contact their Nokia contact person or send a query to nokia.developer.PRO@nokia.com for detailed information and requirements.
Distribution of NFC enabled apps in Microsoft Marketplace
In order to be offered for the Lumia 610 NFC, 3rd party apps must be signed by either Nokia or a mobile operator. This will enable them to be published in Windows Phone Marketplace. The application developers must also ensure that the application will install and work also on non-NFC enabled Windows Phone phones, i.e. by disabling the NFC features of the application to the user
More info to follow!