Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Samsung Expands NFC Capabilities with TecTile Version 3.0
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Samsung continues to advance the use of NFC technology in everyday life with the rollout of Samsung TecTile Version 3.0, the latest
update to its mobile application.
The Samsung TecTile 3.0 mobile app provides a variety of new ways to
customize Samsung TecTile programmable NFC tags to automatically
change features and settings of Samsung Android NFC-enabled devices
with a single tap.
Samsung TecTile originally launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S
III as an introduction to the capabilities of NFC beyond mobile
payments. With the U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II,
TecTile programmable NFC tags and the TecTile 3.0 mobile application
can now automate everyday smartphone functions on Samsung?s newest
Enhancements offered with TecTile Version 3.0
Programming Enhancements & Improved Usability
- Program multiple actions to a single TecTile - With one tap, a
TecTile can perform a series of actions including turning on
Bluetooth, launching the Navigation app and calling voicemail when
entering a car.
- Customize Profiles - Version 3.0 enables users to turn the notion
of a static TecTile on its head. Define preloaded Profiles within
the app and program a different TecTile tag to launch each Profile -
such as "normal," "office," "night" and "car" - allowing for easy
toggling between Profiles throughout the day. Groups can also take
advantage of Profiles. Rather than program a TecTile to evoke the
same actions on every smartphone with every tap, Profiles allow one
TecTile to perform customized actions for different users when
scanned. For example, within the app, each TecTile user in an office
can customize their "meeting" Profile to fit their specific
preferences, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate or
silent mode, depending on user choice. Then, program one TecTile in
a conference room to automatically launch each user?s unique, custom
"meeting" Profile upon tapping. Users can also create and add their
own custom Profiles based on daily activities, like "workout,"
"gaming" or "TV."
- Store TecTile tag history - Users can now keep a log of all
TecTile tags they program for easy reference.
- Create private TecTile tags - Create private TecTile tags that
only the owner?s phone can read. TecTile 3.0 will associate the
programmer?s email address to all private TecTile tags and will only
allow execution of a TecTile command to the programmer?s device.
- Unlock a previously locked TecTile - A TecTile programmer can
unlock a previously locked TecTile, or clear a TecTile without
having to overwrite with a new command. This is beneficial for both
consumers and commercial users who want to extend the value of their
TecTile tags while retaining the secure option to lock a TecTile.
- Programming Additions & Application Integration: Samsung has
expanded the list of phone settings that TecTile can change when
tapped, including the addition of Airplane mode, more comprehensive
alarm settings and the ability to automatically change a ringtone.
In addition, TecTile 3.0 can now integrate with more applications.
Specifically, TecTile can now:
Share or edit an electronic business card, forward a call or send a
pre-written email to a specific address
Toggle between Play/Pause settings on Music Player, or play a
In addition to integration with LinkedIn, Facebook and foursquare,
program a TecTile to update a Google+ status, start a Google Talk
conversation, check in on Google Places or on Glympse location
Samsung NFC-Enabled Android TM Smartphones
- Samsung Galaxy Note II on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and
- Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and
- Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T and T-Mobile
- Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile
- Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, Sprint and GSM Unlocked
- Nexus S 4G on Sprint
- Nexus S on AT&T and T-Mobile
- Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G on T-Mobile
- Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate on AT&T
- Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G on T-Mobile
- Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE on Sprint
Priced at $14.99 for a pack of five, TecTile programmable NFC
sticker tags are available for purchase at Samsung.com and online
and in-store at AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The Samsung TecTile 3.0
mobile app is available for free in the Google Play marketplace.