Today, Samsung announced a new flavor of its TecTile mobile application, set to provide users with new features based on the increasingly popular NFC (near field communication) technology.
The new version of the application, namely 3.0, arrives with a new set of means to customize the Samsung TecTile programmable NFC tags to change settings on an Android NFC-enabled device, all with a single tap.
Samsung made TecTile available along with the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, providing NFC features that went beyond making mobile payments.
The new Samsung TecTile 3.0 arrives in coordination with the US launch of Galaxy Note II
, enabling users to automate various smartphone functions on their smartphone, the largest Android handset on shelves at the moment.
“As the clear leader in NFC-enabled smartphone deployment in the United States, Samsung is committed to developing and advancing this promising mobile technology,” said Kevin Packingham, chief product officer of Samsung Telecommunications America.
“Samsung TecTile tags combined with the TecTile 3.0 application simplifies the way consumers interact with their mobile device and greatly enhances the overall user experience.”
Some of the main enhancements the new TecTile Version 3.0 arrives on devices with include programmable multiple actions with a single tap, the ability to store TecTile tag history or to create personal TecTile tags, and the option to unlock previously locked TecTile.
There is also a Customize Profiles Version 3.0 feature, meant to provide users with the possibility to turn the notion of a static TecTile on its head. Basically, the same TecTile can be programed to perform different actions for different users when scanned, Samsung
The new TecTile version 3.0 also comes with Programming Additions & Application Integration, with an expanded list of phone settings that can be changed using the feature, and with more applications integrated to offer a more comprehensive experience.
TecTile can now share or edit electronic business cards, forward calls and even send pre-written emails, can toggle Music Player settings, play specific tracks, and also offers integration with Google+, in addition to LinkedIn and Facebook.
“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,” Samsung explains.
The application is supported on the following devices
: Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon, Galaxy Note on AT&T and T-Mobile, 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, Galaxy S Blaze 4G and Galaxy S Relay 4G on T-Mobile, Galaxy Exhilarate on AT&T and Galaxy Victory 4G LTE on Sprint.