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Google and Foursquare offer NFC check-ins at I/O event

Delegates attending the Google I/O developer conference in California this week will be able to check in to Foursquare using NFC phones.

Foursquare's NFC at Google I/O

FOURSQUARE: Devs invited to check in at conference to earn a Google I/O badge

According to the Foursquare blog:

We think a lot about the future of location, and, every time a new technology comes along, we think about how it affects what we’re doing. Near-field communication (NFC) is one of those technologies; you tap your phone against a marker and it can check you in with foursquare. We’ve been testing it in our office for a little while and now we’re expanding the test a little bit for Google I/O.

Google I/O is the big annual developer conference in California. This year, Google worked with us to put NFC check-in points all over the convention center. Starting tomorrow, just tap your NFC-enabled phone (most newer Android devices have it) against the poster, it’ll check you in with foursquare, and you’ll get a special Google I/O badge. For those without NFC, you can also scan the QR code on the poster itself.

NFC is, obviously, a long way from being available everywhere and in all phones, but we’re excited by some of the potential. Google I/O attendees: have fun tapping in.

Foursquare revealed it was testing NFC internally in March this year.

• The first day of Google I/O, Tuesday 10 May, features a session called How to NFC at 15:45 PST. The event is sold out, but the session will be streamed live over the internet.

  • http://nfc-checkin.appspot.com Sven Haiges

    If you want to create your own NFC checkin tags and checkin with a simple tap, you should check out my nfc checkin app: https://market.android.com/details?id=de.flavor.fsnfc

    The app also links to a nfc shop where you can buy suitable tags to get you started.

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