Android 2.3 Gingerbread: Download Will Feature NFC

Google’s Eric Schmidt that “There’s a set of things that the iPhone did a brilliant job of doing on a closed system… but that the next real focus is on the application layer. You have to establish volume first, which is what we’ve done…We think Android will be a leading platform, if not the leading platform.” so he really believes that Android will be ahead of Apple’s iOS. I am on the fence with this one as the Apple platform is so popular.

Schmidt said all of this at the web 2.0 Summit and the Google CEO said that the Android Gingerbread 2.3 will read RFID tags and communicate with other payment systems, mobile phones and perhaps some other applications.

Interesting times as he also mentioned NFC. This is an additional set of sensors which can interact with RFID tags that are used in shipping and retail along with many other things. To read more about this please head over to TNW and have a read of everything else Eric Schmidt had to say.

Do you think Android can realistically rival the Apple iOS?