Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) will test a mobile payments
service at retail stores in New York and San Francisco within four months,
Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the project.
The company is
partnering with VeriFone, and will pay to have the company’s devices — which
enable payments from mobile phones via near-field-communication (NFC)
technology — installed in retail stores.
NFC technology has already been
implemented by many gas station chains and some toll roads.
Some mobile phones
are now shipping equipped with NFC chips, such as the Samsung Nexus S, while
Nokia and Research in Motion plan to implement the technology in forthcoming