Google announces new Android phone with full NFC support

Google has revealed the latest version of the Android platform, Android 2.3, codenamed Gingerbread.

With the release of Android 2.3, Google has further announced plans to launch the Nexus S, a new smartphone, co-developed by Google and Samsung.

Alongside, NXP has announced a strategic collaboration with Google to provide a complete open source software stack for Near Field Communications (NFC).

The NFC stack will be fully integrated and validated on Gingerbread, the latest version of the Android platform.

Google also integrated NXP’s NFC controller (PN544) into its newly launched Nexus S phone offering users access to compelling NFC based services and applications.

Note:  The unlocked version will be sold at Best Buy for $529 without subsidy, and T-Mobile will be selling it on contract for $199.

Source: Google Blogs, NXP, Wired.

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