Have an NFC-enabled Android device, but never had a reason to use it? You're not alone, but now thanks to PayPal, you might be able to.
Version 3.0 of PayPal’s Android app, released today, delivers NFC P2P transfers to all NFC-equipped Android phones, which at this point includes the Samsung Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy S II.
To use the feature, you and a buddy have to add the new PayPal Request Money widget, which comes together with the new app, to your Android home screens. From there, you simply type in a specific amount of money and tap your phones together. Simple and dead-easy.
The update also adds a new beautiful, revamped U. The new UI makes navigation much easier and even adds support for Android tablets. More specifically, the update adds a new landing screen, auto-complete from your phone’s address book, and other small UI flourishes.
As a hardcore user of the PayPal and the app, I can tell you first hand that this update is a serious jump from the version before it. I really can't wait to use the NFC in real life. Even for non-NFC users though it's pretty darn good.
The new app is available now in the Android Market and is free for PayPal users.