Google Adds to Android 2.3.3's NFC Capabilities
Google today announced Android version 2.3.3, still called Gingerbread, which adds near-field communication feature support for developers. Some of the new developer tools include an NFC reader/writer API, advanced intent dispatching, and support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices. Google says that most users who purchase Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices will actually be running Android 2.3.3.
Google Play Services to Drop Support for Gingerbread
Google today said the next iteration of Google Play Services will sever backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Today, Google Play Services — the core code behind app compatibility across Android platforms — is 10.0.0 and supports API level 9.
Google Now Pushing Play Services 6.1
Google said it is delivering Play Services 6.1 to most Android devices running 2.3 Gingerbread and up. This update targets three aspects of Play Services: analytics, Google Drive, and Google Fit.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread Officially No Longer Supported
Google has put Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to pasture. The update this month follows an announcement Google first made in November regarding Play Services 10.2, which severs backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 and older.
NFC Forum Makes Latest Specs Available to Developers
The NFC Forum today made three adopted specifications and one candidate specification available to developers and hardware manufacturers. The three finalized specs were ratified by the NFC Forum in October and ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices.