Does Motorola RAZR XT910 support NFC with Gingerbread or Android ICS 4.0? Engadget says the device has an NFC controller. What does this really mean?
The RAZR does have an NFC chip in it. Currently the device does not have the drivers so the OS can make use of the chip. Motorola has been quoted to say that the RAZR is getting NFC support when the device gets the ICS update. Basically, the device could support NFC now, but Motorola, for one reason or another, did not include the components that would be needed for the Android OS to communicate with the NFC chip.
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Yes it does have the controller. Now will it act like the nexus in NFC user friendliness? No. Required software is locked because what they are attempting to do is use a sim card as the antennae making Verizon able to control the NFC chips full capabilities. This way limits how much information can be transferred by NFC. Now it will be supported later on but if you truly want full blown NFC without restrictions then get the phones with supporting hardware.