updated 04:20 pm EDT, Wed October 5, 2011
Will help developers create NFC-based apps
Nokia has made available an update to its Qt SDK toolkit that will support the creation of NFC apps. The update will let developers to create these apps for both Symbian smartphones and the lone MeeGo phone, the N9. Nokia envisions the technology as having a broader range of use now that it's in the hand of third party apps.
NFC is normally thought of for use in exchanging money, such as making a quick purchase at a store. Holding a phone near an NFC tag or another NFC capable device, however, could also be a link to to download a menu from a restaurant or the details for an electronic device. It could also provide paring information from a Bluetooth headset or another phone, something Nokia already does with its 360-degree speaker. NFC could also be used to to exchange basic objects or information such as a virtual business card with another smartphone.
Nokia timed the release of the Qt SDK update to closely follow not just the N9 but the company's first shipments of its Symbian-based 700 and 701 smartphones. [via Nokia Developer]