September 20, 2014

Gingerbread 2.3.3 Gives Developers NFC Read/Write Capabilities

In an post on the Android Developer Blog, the Android team announced an update to Gingerbread, Android 2.3.3, that gives the developers the option to both read and write to any standard NFC chip. Previously, only read access was possible.

NFC (Near Field Communication) was one of the big things that was introduced in Android 2.3. I am sure most of you have heard enough about the feature and how it works, so I will spare you from all the technological mumbo-jumbo about it. If you’re not familiar with it, check out this video.

Along with giving developers read/write access to the NFC chipset (on phones that have one, currently just the Nexus S), it also gives apps more control over how and when they are launched when a NFC chip is nearby. It will also support limited peer-to-peer connections with other devices with NFC chips; think more bluetooth than torrents.

Overall it is a minor update to Gingerbread, but useful to some developers. The only question I have about Gingerbread is when am I going to be getting it on my Nexus One?

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