Feature release Android 2.3.3 adds NFC
In a post on the Android Developers' site, Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK Tech Lead, has announced the release of Android 2.3.3 which adds to the Near Field Communications features introduced in 2.3. These 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 and when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range, and limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.
This announcement comes only shortly after an announcement from INSIDE Secure that it will soon release its Open NFC protocol stack for Android. INSIDE Secure says that the hardware abstraction layer in its API makes it much easier to adapt to different NFC hardware than the current Gingerbread NFC stack.
The Android 2.3.3 SDK platform for development and testing is available through the Android SDK Manager.