More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
NFC Presentation Leads to Creative Thinking about NFC Technology
The past few articles featuring some presentations from the recent XDA:DevCon 2013 have focused on operating systems and app development. From great app development presentations to Ubuntu Touch development and even a Firefox OS presentation, these topics were thoroughly covered. However, that doesn’t mean that we forgot about the hardware.
Our next presentation was given by the NFC lady, Pearl Chen. Pearl is known for educating people about many different topics, from web development to Arduino and NFC. Pearl is a published author and contributed to the NFC and Open Accessory API chapters of Professional Android Sensor Programming published by Wrox.
In her presentation “NFC: Thinking Creatively Beyond Mobile Payments,” Pearl talks about how near field communications (NFC) is already here. This is even though the iPhone doesn’t have it, so the main stream media thinks it doesn’t exist. This technology can be used for much more than waving your phone at the cash register. In this presentation, Pearl leads you though an NFC journey to discover some unexpected ways that NFC can be used on Android phones that go beyond the checkout line. Find out interesting ways you can use NFC in your next app or in your everyday life, and check out the video.
If you want to see more or get a copy of the presentations slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.
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