Open NFC API for Android now available
April 20, 2010
Eindhoven, The Netherlands, April 20th, 2010
NXP and Trusted Logic today announced the release of an open source NFC Android™ API. This will enable mobile phone users to access a new range of contactless applications such as mobile payments, transport and event ticketing as well as data sharing directly from their Android phones.
NXP and Trusted Logic pioneered the integration of NFC technology into Android with the first versions implemented and showcased already last year. The companies are now leading the open source community to define an industry standard for the integration of NFC technology within Android. Opening this API to the community will enable application and service providers to develop their NFC applications with a standard framework as they did with the JSR 257 specification. This will drive the creation of compelling NFC applications by handset manufacturers and independent application developers alike.
The API has been released following consultation with various eco-system partners, including mobile network operators, handset manufacturers and NFC controller providers.
A second-generation NFC Android stack based on this Open NFC API is now avialable from NXP and Trusted Logic. It provides a complete integration into the Android framework, comparable to the Bluetooth® & Wi-Fi services already integrated in Android.
"This is the most complete Android proposal on the market. Our key partners in Android confirm this is a solid proposal and that release of this open NFC API is essential for a successful deployment of NFC applications," Henri Ardevol, general manager secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors. "We are excited to contribute to this industry standard and are looking forward to propose a reference implemenetation above the Android Hardware Abstraction Layer to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA)".
"With our second generation NFC Android API, our solution is mature enough to be broadly shared with all the players," Philippe Dubois, general manager professional and consumer devices, Trusted Logic. "This allows each of them to propose further enhancements and contribute through the Apache License model. Application developers can also have access to our Android™ environment on PC and make use of the latest API version."
The API specification is accessible via a single mail request to NFCforAndroid@trusted-logic.com. An Apache License 2.0 model was selected in order to provide a legal framework to new contributions.
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has about 27,000 employees working in more than 25 countries and posted sales of USD 3.8 billion in 2009.