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Google Says Goodbye to the QR Codes

Written on April 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Rest in peace, QR codes. Long live the NFC Technology!

We hardly ever used them, but are out of the picture in ’s books, as the company removes the Quick Read matrix bar codes from the Dashboard.

“Users will no longer find unique QR codes in their Places accounts. We’re exploring new ways to enable customers to quickly and easily find information about local businesses from their mobile phones.”

So what’s going to replace the QR codes? Apparently, Google is exploring the or . In a nutshell, the NFC can do whatever the QR can. But the difference lies on the NFC being used as a contact-less card, plus it can transfer information from peer to peer.

The NFC has already been integrated to the Google Nexus phone and is currently being tested as a form of payment. Google is also reported to have been working with MasterCard and Citygroup to put the technology on smartphones so users can just swipe the phone to pay for their groceries. And Japan says “Oh, ain’t that cute?”

The QR codes are (or were) used as an instant information getter, as consumers simply use their phones’ cameras to read these cryptic images from websites, products and posters. But Google’s looking at the QR codes as a thing of the past, as they’re keeping their eyes fixed on the NFC.

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