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.
Google Refreshes Nearby Connections API for P2P Interactions
Google today released the Nearby Connections 2.0 API to developers, which will eventually help Android devices find, connect to, and communicate with other nearby devices all on their own. The vision is to make it possible for Android handsets to automatically share information with internet-of-things-type devices, such as personal temperature preferences with thermostats, Netflix playlists with connected television sets, and so on.
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 Releases reCAPTCHA API to Improve Android Security
Google today announced a new tool developers can use to authenticate people securely while simultaneously improving the experience for mobile phone users. The company made available the new reCAPTCHA Android API as a part of Google Play Services.
Android Pay to Support Payments via Google Assistant
Google this week rolled out the Google Payment API, a new set of capabilities that will allow anyone to make in-app or online payments with any debit or credit card associated with their Google account. Google says this option will simplify the process for people to checkout and make purchases online, as it negates the need to fill out cumbersome purchasing forms.
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.