Sony's Xperia SmartTags app now in Android Market, useless until SmartTags are launched

Sony's Xperia SmartTags app now in Android Market, useless until SmartTags are launched
Sony's Xperia SmartTags allow you to use the NFC technology on your phone to quickly change the settings on the device to match a certain theme. The tags themselves will be sold in packages of four for $30. You can hang one on the wall of your office, for example, and once you tap the phone to the SmartTag, business settings are activated. For example, you can program the tag to have Wi-Fi on, ringtone high and the calendar app launched. Come home and tap the tag you have in the living room to have the browser launch the Google News and Weather app while keeping the ringtone on high and Wi-Fi enabled. And just before its lights out, you can tap the tag in the bedroom to launch the alarm app, put the phone into silent mode, turn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS off.

What is required is an NFC enabled phone, the SmartTag app now available, and the actual SmartTags which are not yet available. And the phone must be running Android 2.3.7 or higher. The tags should be available at the same time that the Sony Xperia S launches, which would be the beginning of next month in the U.K. according to the last word we have heard.

We have a couple of videos for you to look at, the first being the official teaser from Sony that shows you a day in the life of a SmartTag user. The second comes from U.K. retailer Clove which had an Nexus S for the NFC support, and a SmartTag to use for this demonstration.

source: XperiaBlog, AndroidMarket via MobileSyrup



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9 Comments

1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This wont be the most used thing out there, but gives a reason to look forward to Sony this year

2. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Is this the reason why i should buy sony ericson handsets?

5. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

One of many reasons you should prefer it over other manufacturers.

3. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

neat concept though.

4. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Motorola's Smart Actions just seems a whole lot simpler. No $30 for 4 tokens and no worrying about loss/damage/replacement of said tokens.

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

yup, there are at least half a dozen profile managers on the app market that can do everything in these videos for free or less than $5

6. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

If this guy moves while sleeping he will surely wake up to the "thud" of his mobile phone and watch (thanks to his way of taking blanket)

8. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

LG is launching similar tag phone in march in Korea. 3 tags are included.

9. Jerry209

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

Moto. droid 3 gave me thems on my phone didnt need to make sure i had a key chain just my phone 3 diff. them work home fun. just saying

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