It will be used for mobile payments and transport ticketing applications. It can also be used for data sharing between Android phones.
The companies first ported the NFC technology to the Android OS last year. But they recognise the importance of using 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,” said NXOP.
“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 available 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.
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.