Samsung updates TecTile app NFC becomes slightly more useful

first_imgSamsung has rolled out an update to its TecTile app, allowing even more smartphone functionality through the use of near field communication (NFC) tags. The app is targeted specifically at owners of the Galaxy S3 as well as the brand new Galaxy Note 2.The whole TecTiles idea is a very interesting test for the acceptance of NFC technology in America. NFC is known usually used as a technology to enable mobile payments — for turning your smartphone into a virtual credit card of sorts. That is not its only purpose, though.NFC simply refers to the ability to trigger an action by placing an electronic chip within range of a receiver that can interact with the chip. It is a very secure form of data transmission which is why the mobile payment concept is so intriguing, but NFC is also what powers the Galaxy S3’s ability to quickly share photos with other Galaxy S III smartphones.The TecTile app is another use of that technology. They are high-tech stickers that you can place on your desk, on your nightstand, on your purse, or wherever, to easily enable certain phone functions. If you swipe your phone over one of these tags, it can, for example, put the phone into silent mode, or launch the Foursquare app, or enable Bluetooth.The updated version of the app adds even more flexibility, giving users the opportunity to create their own complex functions for each tag and to save their own TecTile programs. The update also makes the app available on the Galaxy Note II.NFC’s adoption will no doubt skyrocket as soon as it becomes an integral part of the iPhone, but unfortunately it was not included in the iPhone 5 so there’s probably at least another year of waiting.Google Play via TechCrunchMore reading: How to automate your life with NFClast_img read more