The Nexus S launched with Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) installed. No other Android phone has launched with 2.3 since then. The first Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet, the Motorola Xoom, is expected to be available very soon. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for Gingerbread to arrive for my Nexus One as promised back in December 2010. The “coming in weeks” tweet from Google is not aging well as weeks are now stretching into months of waiting. But, wait a minute, what is this from Google’s Android Developers Blog?
2.3.3 is a feature release with a focus on NFC (Near Field Communications) enhancements for developers. These enhancements nclude:
– 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.
Google notes: We hope you’ll find these new capabilities useful and we’re looking forward to seeing the innovative apps that you will create using them.
Sure, that would be nice. Of course, we would need (1) Android hardware with NFC support and (2) Android OS 2.3.3 updates to actual be pushed out.