Google’s Nexus One and the Samsung-developed Google Nexus S are currently being treated to the Android 2.3.3 update. The over the air update brings additional NFC support, and some controversial Facebook-related changes specifically for the Google Nexus S.
NFC looks set to take off in a big way this year. It’s becoming an almost standard feature on new handsets. The technology will eventually allow users to make contactless payments. The 2.3.3 update also brings a “tap-to-connect” feature.
The Google Nexus S had reportedly suffered from reboot issues, but the update is said to address the problem.
In Facebook land, contacts will no longer be stored on the Google Nexus S handset. Indeed, after installing the Gingerbread 2.3.3 update, all contact information extracted from Facebook will be wiped.
Google explains: “We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app.
“Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app.
“Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices.
“We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation -- and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.”
Eek. Not such great news for Google Nexus S owners.