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Eric Schmidt: Android Gingerbread 2.3 to support NFC

“Android Gingerbread 2.3 will support near field communications to read RFID tags as well as communicate with other phones, payment systems and other possible applications,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt has told the Web 2.0 Summit conference today, The Next Web reports.

NFC support, “will be in the new operating system, called Gingerbread, which will come out in the next few weeks,” the report continues:

First saying “We don’t make devices,” Schimdt then pulled out an “unannounced device” (it was black, had rounded edges, and the screen wasn’t all that big) that he says he carries around with him and said that Gingerbread will have this support baked in for device manufacturers to use. Schimdt said in Q&A afterwards regarding what NFC standard Android will use: “Our team is using the standard that the industry is using.”

  • MikeD ~ Austin

    Please do a story on which NFC enabled phones will implement Android Gingerbread. This is critical for those of us who would like to create NFC enabled applications. Thx!

    • http://www.sjb.co.uk Mike Clark

      We'd love to, but it's not that straightforward :)

      I suspect it will be the other way around, though; more a matter of 'which handsets running Gingerbread will implement NFC?'. We're watching closely and will, as ever, continue to bring news of future NFC handsets as it breaks.

      In the meantime, did you see yesterday's Tyfone story with a video of Android handsets using their retro-fitted microSD solution?

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