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.
iOS 11 to Let Developers Access the iPhone 7's NFC Radio
Apple is about to let iPhone owners use their handsets' NFC radios for more than just Apple Pay. Apple today introduced the CoreNFC API, which will permit the iPhone's NFC radio to detect NFC tags and read the information contained therein.
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.
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.
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.