Google distributes NFC decals to Portland businesses

Google distributes NFC decals to Portland businesses
Google is expanding their Hotpot and Places marketing services with an exciting pilot program in Portland, Oregon. They will distribute Places kits to local businesses, that will include tips on boosting their online presence, as well as NFC (near-field communication) decals that say "Recommended on Google."

These NFC decals will be able to communicate with the new Google Nexus S device, taking customers to that business' Places page on their device. This program should offer us a taste of what it will be like to have NFC capability with businesses and advertisements (among other things).

Locals are encouraged to stop by the Voodoo Doughnut this Saturday at 10 a.m. for a special treat of some kind. We imagine it will be a demo of the Nexus S, or perhaps special discounts to the recommended Places in Portland.

In step with the launch of the Nexus S (December 16), Google is hosting a Hotpot/Places competition. The five people that rate the most Google-recommended businesses in Portland will receive a free dinner for 10 to any local restaurant. NFC is already exciting, but free food is icing on the Gingerbread cake.

source: Electronista

Related phones

Nexus S
  • Display 4.0 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 3, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2


1 Comment

1. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

That is whacked. I live in Portland. The Nexus S is only available from Best Buy. The stores here are telling me that the only Best Buy stores that will receive them are the stores that represent T-Mobile phones. The closest one is Olympia....which is several hours away. They are using a city as a test that won't be receiving the Nexus S without buying through the mail. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless