Android 2.3.3 Platform Relased With New NFC Capabilities

In December, last year, Google released Android 2.3, which introduced several new forms of communication for developers and users. One of those is, "Near Field Communications," that let developers get started creating a new class of contactless, proximity-based applications for users."NFC is an emerging technology that promises exciting new ways to use mobile devices, including […]

In December, last year, Google released Android 2.3, which introduced several new forms of communication for developers and users. One of those is, "Near Field Communications," that let developers get started creating a new class of contactless, proximity-based applications for users.

"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," stated Google.

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're launched when an NFC tag comes into range.
  • Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.

Android 2.3.3 is a small feature release that includes a new API level, 10. Going forward, most devices would be shipping with Android 2.3 platform to run Android 2.3.3 (or later).

For an overview of the API changes, see the Android 2.3.3 Version Notes. The Android 2.3.3 SDK platform for development and testing is available through the Android SDK Manager.

[tags]android 2.3,android 2.3.3,nfc,gingerbread[/tags]

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