Google continues to move forward with the Android platform, with the recent release of a minor update, 2.3.3. With this latest release, Android continues to build on the NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities already present with 2.3. Posted via the Android Developer’s Blog, it was pointed out that this is a small feature release update and that Google and the Android team expect more Android 2.3 devices that have shipped to move up to Android 2.3.3. For more information on the release
Google sums up the update nicely:
NFC is an emerging technology that promises exciting new ways to use mobile devices, including ticketing, advertising, ratings, and even data exchange with other devices. We know there’s a strong interest to include these capabilities into many applications, so we’re happy to announce an update to Android 2.3 that adds new NFC capabilities for developers. Some of the features include:
- A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.
- Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.
- Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.
Of course, the only Android phone currently available with NFC capabilities is the Nexus S, but expect more models with NFC before the end of the year.
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