Android 2.3.3 to bring NFC, Bluetooth together in holy matrimony

We've all tried sending files over Bluetooth in the past, right? There's the hassle of finding out what each device is 'called', then there's the lengthy, and often near-impossible pairing process that never seems to end. Then, if you're lucky and the moon is on the correct phase, you're standing on one leg and have had eggs for breakfast, it might work. Google knows Bluetooth sharing is troublesome, that's why they're adding a feature to Android 2.3.3 that they believe will smooth things over nicely, write PocketNow.

Harnessing the power of NFC (or Near Field Communication for the acronimically-challenged) Google intends to make the whole process less painful. The idea is rather simple really: use NFC's ability to 'scan' an item, such as another mobile phone, and then use Bluetooth to actually do the transfer. The beauty of going this route is that all the security of device names and pairing codes is replaced by a simple 'scan' or 'bump'. The whole thing can be done with minimal user-interaction. 

The downside to all this? Well, currently the only handset that could support all the NFC/Bluetooth hotness is Google's own (Samsung) Nexus S. Fortunately more NFC-equipped handsets are due very shortly, with last week's Mobile World Congress full to the brim with handsets itching to bump into each other.

Could NFC with Bluetooth integration get us all rubbing our phones together, or is it just easier to email files as we do now? Time will tell, but bravo to Google for once again solving a problem that most of us didn't even realize we had. That's good, right?

Android 2.3.3 is currently in testing with developers, so keep your eyes peeled for an update if you're lucky enough to have a vanilla Android handset.

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HP/Palm screwed really screwed up by not bringing their palmpad and pre 3 to market right away, now they are going to lose their right to brag about "tap to share".

reidtheweed01 said,
HP/Palm screwed really screwed up by not bringing their palmpad and pre 3 to market right away, now they are going to lose their right to brag about "tap to share".

Must... have...

Right when I sign a two-year contract for my Aria, out comes the Nexus S. Figures. Oh well, 24 months isn't that long of a wait...

Educated Idiot said,
Right when I sign a two-year contract for my Aria, out comes the Nexus S. Figures. Oh well, 24 months isn't that long of a wait...
You can generally return phones within 30 days. If you really want it, then you should look into it.

never really had a problem with bluetooth. especially transferring files. but that was with a motorola and an LG. don't know on what else.

PatrynXX said,
never really had a problem with bluetooth. especially transferring files. but that was with a motorola and an LG. don't know on what else.

Yep fine here too, with a HTC and a Motorola (and that was WM 6.5 to Android)

Singh400 said,
I've used bluetooth fine plenty of times...
Uhh..Did you read the article? This is not improving Bluetooth. NFC is just the way to exchange encryption keys and other communication specific parameters. The actual transfer of data from a distance will be utilizing Bluetooth. Transferring keys physically (by tapping the two devices, in this case) is more secure than transferring keys over the air.

Yes but the NFC method gets rid of the "problem" of finding the pairing device and then connecting to it.

I assume what Singh400 was saying is that he never had any problems with that. And nor have I.

/- Razorfold said,
Yes but the NFC method gets rid of the "problem" of finding the pairing device and then connecting to it.

I assume what Singh400 was saying is that he never had any problems with that. And nor have I.

Correctamundo.

Subject Delta said,
For the very few occasions on which I use bluetooth I find it fine as it is, although I will agree that pairing can sometimes be unnecessarily complicated
Ever since Bluetooth v2.0, I've not faced any such issues. The pairing issues are usually caused by the way the devices implement Bluetooth.

Bluetooth was always the easy one, my first phone only had IR and that was so much slower. But this looks promising, even though I can't remember the last time I used Bluetooth to send a file.
T8

You don't need pairing to send files over bluetooth. From my own experience, "it just works".
Everything else might be a mess, but seriously, how often do you find yourself in the position of having to pair two bluetooth devices?

Last time I used Bluetooth I was sending the Strike It Lucky (with Michael Barrymore) theme tune to several Germans.

Didn't have a problem.

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