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

  • 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

  • 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

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