Google’s next big mobile thing could be a mobile payment service unveiled on 26 May, according to Bloomberg. It suggests that the service will be launched in partnership with US operator Sprint, and will use NFC technology to let people with new Android phones pay for goods and services using their handsets. The new service is expected to launch in five US cities – New York, San Francisco, LA, Chicago and Washington. It’s part of a wider burst of activity around NFC payments, with Apple thought to be working on its own system using iPhones and iPads to pay for goods in the real world.

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