Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.
Mobile payments on all platforms
OK, this one is more hardware than software, but it still bears mentioning on this list, because it will change the way we use our smartphones. Using your smartphone to make a payment - where the device itself becomes sort of a credit card - became a reality with Google's new Nexus S phone, which features a built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) chip. NFC chips could revolutionise the way we use our phones, and Apple, it seems, is taking notice. Reports say that Apple is working on a new type of 'logo antenna' that could be used in conjunction with software to bring the same mobile payment feature to the iPhone.
Ford SYNC AppLink on various platforms
Cars and mobile phones are, at best, a dubious mix - especially when it comes to safety. Ford's SYNC AppLink, which was announced in the US last year, is designed to make using your smartphone in your car a safer experience, by allowing you to control your mobile apps by voice. AppLink is a free, downloadable software program that lets you control compatible apps from your Android or BlackBerry phone, and, now, from your iPhone, too. Compatible apps include Pandora and Stitcher news radio. It's currently only available in the US, however.
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