Android Beam: With Galaxy Nexus you can now easily share contacts, websites, apps, maps, directions and YouTube videos to other people close by. Simply hold two NFC enabled Android phones close to each other and touch to beam and share. Google’s already embraced NFC for mobile payments, and it’s now ready to do some sharing as well. That comes in the form of the new Android Beam feature for Ice Cream Sandwich, which the company just announced at its joint event with Samsung in Hong Kong. Much like HP’s ill-fated Touch-to-share functionality, it will let you simply tap two NFC-enabled devices together to share a piece of information. That will work with a range of apps and services in Android, including YouTube videos, contact information, maps, web pages, and even links to apps in the Android Market. What’s more, Google also announced that the SDK is available for download today
Here’s a look at the new multi-touch capabilities of the browser and Google Maps applications on the Google Nexus One Android-powered smartphone. This firmware update started going out yesterday. More info: www.mobileburn.com
With Google Maps with Navigation, your Nexus S becomes an internet-enabled GPS. Search for things along your route, watch your directions in StreetView, and more.