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Google+ app reveals NFC function in Android phone

A wobbly-cam video posted to YouTube seems to show that at least one Android-powered is capable of reading NFC data.

Near Field Communications (NFC) was the buzzword of the week a few months back but seems to have failed to pique the public interest, meaning the possibility of buying a chocolate bar or a train ticket without having to put your hand in your pocket and pull out a payment card, or a few coins is still some way off.

The video, unearthed by Engadget, is hardly likey to set the world alight either. What is interesting is that the functionality is hidden within the Google+ app for Android so anyone who hasn't been invited to the exclusive club will be none the wiser.

It also appears that the hidden feature is only functional on Google's own Nexus S hardware so it will work for about three people given the entry requirements.

At the moment, the software seems to only be able to read tags, and offers to share them with the beta app, so you won't have to worry about all of the intrusive advertising baggage which is expected to come along with the so-called digital wallet when it becomes a reality later this year just yet.

In the meantime you can revel in the glory of the video below.