Samsung TecTiles aim to increase NFC usage by offering various personalized functions

Samsung TecTiles aim to increase NFC usage by offering various personalized functions
Say hello to Samsung TecTiles people, which is looking to replace QR codes – well, not really, but it’s along the same premise. Actually, they’re programmable NFC tags that Samsung is hoping to help increase the usage of NFC technology amongst handset owners with compatible devices.

We had the opportunity of checking out these Samsung TecTiles very recently, and they definitely have some specific case uses. At its core, they’re sticker sized NFC tags that can be customized to do things such as launching apps, sending text messages, modify phone settings, share contact information, and much more. Simply, all one has to do is run the free to download Samsung TecTiles app and use your NFC-enabled smartphone to scan the TecTile, which then executes a specific function. Specifically, you can do the following:

Settings & Applications
  • Change phone settings (Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi, ringer/media volume, screen brightness, etc.)
  • Launch an application
  • Join a Wi-Fi Network
  • Show a message

Communication
  • Make a call
  • Send a text message
  • Start a Google Talk™ conversation
  • Share a contact or business card

Location & Web
  • Show an address on a map
  • Open a web page
  • Foursquare or Facebook check-in

Social
  • Automatic Facebook “Like”
  • Update Facebook status
  • Post a tweet or follow a contact on Twitter
  • Connect on LinkedIn®

Interestingly, the scope of functions are limited to those items listed – meaning, if it’s not offered by the app, you can’t do it. For example, you can use the Samsung TecTile to check into Foursquare or Facebook, but there’s no way for it to add your location with Google+. However, we’re told that additional functions will be added to Samsung TecTiles as it progresses.

Currently, you can download the Samsung TecTile app through Google Play, but for the actual TecTile NFC tags, they’ll be available online and in-store at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon for $14.99 for a pack of five TecTiles once the Galaxy S III smartphones are officially launched. Call it another accessory revenue income, they have plenty of uses for personal and business. So if you’re planning on picking up the Samsung Galaxy S III when it arrives officially, you might want to consider checking these out.

source: Samsung

Samsung TecTiles aim to increase NFC usage by offering various personalized functions
Samsung TecTiles aim to increase NFC usage by offering various personalized functions


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9 Comments

1. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Samsung is innovating again. opsss.. iFans are coming in.. 3.... 2..... 1......!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

No, because the iFans aren't so mean, well, except for taco :)

3. sandeep94

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Pah! Samsung isn't innovating Mitchell. This is totally a copy of Sony's Xperia NFC tags. They have all these capabilities, look much better and come in better colours. I wouldn't cal Samsung being innovative at all. All of its phones look like rectangular metal and plastic boxes with a fat and ugly rectangular button at the bottom. People really need to start appreciating other companies, Sony being at the top of the list.

5. DanMarino13

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Sony hasn't made a respectable phone for the US in years. When they start manufacturing phones that can compete with the SGS3 or the HTC One series, then i might appreciate them.

6. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I agree.. I can say that they are the best on camera department on any smartphone & one of the best on producing lcd displays, but they lack popularity & marketing strategy & stable smartphones so sorry.. Sad but that's the truth.

4. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

This is like the Sony Xperia SmartTags.

7. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

copy of smarttags of sony xperia..

8. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Every company will eventually produce these tags.. And lawsuit again.

9. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

Lawsuits are the most important thing in our world. Each year 45,000 people graduate from law school with an average of $100,000 in student loan debt what the hell are all these people to do with out frivolous wasteful lawsuits?

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