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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  1. jdog25
    February 11, 12:33 Reply

    I wonder if the Xoom will have NFC. I would like to be able to use “touch to share” like with the new Pre 3 and their tablet. With NFC it is easily possible.

  2. Injeniero Barsa
    February 11, 14:23 Reply

    I’m asking exactly the same last question about the Nexus One :@

    • linuxfreak
      February 12, 21:37 Reply

      Stop waiting for Gingerbread on the Nexus One and load up Cyanogenmod 7 nightlies. I have build #34, Android ver. 2.3.2, build ver GRH78C. I use it for business and it is solid. All I can say is it is awesome. No adb needed just root,load,backup,wipe and install. Started with the G1 rooted and loaded Haykuro, moved to Cyanogen. Picked up the N1 and loaded it up!

  3. Chad Smith
    February 11, 17:38 Reply

    Any news on when 2.3.3 will hit the Nexus S?

  4. Noah
    February 11, 20:16 Reply

    Maybe “a few weeks” for Nexus One 2.3

  5. Meatpuppet
    February 12, 13:18 Reply

    Gingerbread? What’s that? I have been hearing that it will arrive “any day now” for the Nexus One since late last year. It seems to be an all but forgotten OS ever since then. It is all about Honeycomb on every Android Blog and no mention at all about the MIA Phone OS update. Perhaps it will appear some time around Next Christmas if we are lucky. Don’t hold your breath.

    • Meatpuppet
      February 12, 13:21 Reply

      Follow up: We were told on December 6th 2010 that it would arrive in the next few weeks. It took less time for the Egyptians to overthrow their government, than it seems to be taking Google to realize that it is months past a “few weeks”
      Time for a social uprising in the Android Community?

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