Google adds NFC section to Android Developers Guide

The Android Developers Guide now has a new section dedicated to near field communication technology.

The updated guide gives developers looking to create NFC applications an overview of the technology and the API plus details on:

  • Declaring Android Manifest elements.
  • The tag dispatch system.
  • NDEF messages.
  • Reading an NFC tag.
  • Writing to an NFC tag.
  • Peer-to-peer data exchange.

The addition of this new section in the guide follows the release of Android 2.3.3 last month. This introduced:

  • A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.
  • Advanced intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.
  • Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.