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Development with Android Beam and NFC Peer-2-Peer

NFC offers three different operating modes:

  • Card Emulation Mode
  • Reader Writer Mode
  • Peer-2-Peer Mode

Reader Writer Mode is already available in Android since the first Gingerbread release in December 2010. Card Emulation Mode, which is actually required for Google Wallet, is not yet available for public. Peer-2-Peer Mode as defined in ISO 18092 is now finding its way into Android devices, also known as „Android Beam“.

Nexus Galaxy comes with NFC for Android Beam

Today Google and Samsung announced the new Android phone Nexus Galaxy. The phone comes with Google’s new version of Android aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The highlight of the phone is the 4,65″ display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixel. Besides a dual core CPU from Texas Instruments, 1 GB of RAM the phone contains a 5 M pixel camera. With regard to Flash, there are two versions: 16 GB and 32 GB. The phone is very thin (max. 8,4 mm) and curved as we already know it from the Nexus S. The phone will ship in November.

The phone as a special NFC feature called Android Beam. In this case NFC is used for service initiation of a Bluetooth pairing process. The Bluetooth Bridge between the two phones is then used in order to exchange data such as photos, links or business cards. Android beam is also available for NFC version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. To initiate the connection the phones have to be touched back-to-back, as the NFC antenna in located in the battery of the phones.

NFC in Android 4.0

New developer APIs in ICS

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