Gingerbread 2.3.3: "tap-to-connect" for NFC devices

Gingerbread 2.3.3: "tap-to-connect" for NFC devicesThe good ladies and gents of Stanford University have identified an update to Google’s Gingerbread 2.3 that essentially makes it less of a pain in the bum to initiate local data transfers.

The Gingerbread 2.3.3 update allows NFC smartphones to pair with a new “tap-to-connect” feature, instead of the usual Bluetooth device-pairing malarkey.

A similar technique was demonstrated by HP at their recent Think Beyond event in San Francisco. Users with webOS can, for example, share a URL by simply tapping the devices together.

NFC is becoming a fairly standard feature in many new smartphones, including the imminent Samsung Galaxy S II. The iPhone 5 is also rumoured to support the technology.

Everything Everywhere has teamed up with Barclaycard to provide a “contactless payment” service. O2 has also completed its own trials. If NFC takes off, it could radically change the way we pay for junk.

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louiselouise  Feb. 21, 2011 at 20:17

http://www.lowpricememory.co.uk/ is where I got mine.

There's a HUKD thread discussing their 16GB Class 10 card (though they have 32GB Class 4s too). http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/memory-16gb-micro-sdhc-card-class-10-full-sized-sdhc-adaptor-free-uk-delivery-19/865388

louiselouise  Feb. 21, 2011 at 20:17

D'oh, got the wrong window open!

Andy247  Feb. 22, 2011 at 11:06

So.... this is like Bump, but with a higher probability of causing actual physical damage to your handset? I'm looking forward to it already!

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