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Android 2.3.3 Update to add New NFC Capabilities

The Android team over at Google have been busy knocking up the latest system update for Android Gingerbread. The update, 2.3.3 will include a few updates to what is turning out to be the very popular, NFC capabilities of handsets. Not quite the drop in the ocean many predicted.

As NFC (Near Field Communication) becomes more popular both with businesses and consumers this update will add the following set of new APIs:

  • NFC-A (ISO 14443-3A)
  • NFC-B (ISO 14443-3B)
  • NFC-F (JIS 6319-4)
  • NFC-V (ISO 15693)
  • ISO-DEP (ISO 14443-4)
  • Mifare Classic
  • Mifare Ultralight
  • NFC Forum NDEF tags

It's unlikely you'll see any visible evidence in changes to NFC API's but as developers take advantage of these changes and additions they'll no doubt bear fruit in ease of use and compatibility.

Other areas receiving improvements or new API's are; Bluetooth, Graphics and Speech Recognition.

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