Android 2.3.3 OS Announced

Google has announced the launch of Android 2.3.3. Android 2.3.3 is a small feature release that extends Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give it some new NFC capabilities.

NFC (near field communications) was included in the Android 2.3 update. What the 2.3.3 gets is the following extras:

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

The extra NFC capabilities make each Android device that runs 2.3.3 more versatile in what it can do. By being capable of reading and writing to NFC Tags, it opens up a bunch of possibilities for NFC.

The new update is available to download in the SDK and should be rolled out to compatible devices (ie, the Nexus S) although no specifics have been given for that.

As for other devices, expect Android 2.3.3 to be appearing over the next few months or so.

Via: Geeky Gadgets

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