Gingerbread API Lets NFC Initiate Bluetooth Connections
Google added a new application programming interface (API) to the most recent software developer kit for Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. The API in question allows developers to make use of some near-field communications (NFC) controls for the first time. One of the new features introduced in this API is the "insecure" Bluetooth socket connection. This tool can be used in applications to automate the pairing and connection of two Bluetooth devices by tapping their NFC chips together, rather than setting up the traditional pairing process. Developers can put this type of functionality to use for all sorts of different features.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
Google Makes More Android APIs Available to Developers
Google recently released a new tool for developers who are writing apps for the Android platform. Google made the Google Play Developer Publishing API available to all developers, which will allow them to upload APKs to beta testing, staged rollouts, and production, as well as add publishing operations to their app processes.
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.
Google Rolls Out Play Services 7.8
Google today said it has finished updating most Android devices to Play Services 7.8. This new version of Play Services adds several functionalities that developers can take advantage of when writing apps.
I want 2.3
Froyo brought some exciting features, such as the ability to store apps to memory card. But I really don't think there is anything all that exciting about Gingerbread.