Google has announced that API Level 10 is now available for Android developers with the release of Android 2.3.3.

Describing the Gingerbread version as the one we should, "expect most devices shipping with an Android 2.3 platform to run", Xavier Ducrohet, Android SDK tech lead also described the advanced Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities of the platform

"NFC is an emerging technology that promises exciting new ways to use mobile devices, including ticketing, advertising, ratings, and even data exchange with other devices," he said.

"We know there’s a strong interest to include these capabilities into many applications, so we’re happy to announce an update to Android 2.3 that adds new NFC capabilities for developers."

The key new features were listed as:

- A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.    

- Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.     

- Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices.

You will, of course, need an Android device with a supported NFC chip inside, such as the Nexus S, but if you do you may as well throw your wallet and all of your credit cards in the bin now.*

*Don't actually do this.