Apart from being the power source for mobile wallet solutions and mobile payment solutions, NFCs or Near Field Communications are also a medium of communication. These can be used for sending wireless data from one device to another, which means that application arena can be more than just online payments. You can always create your own NFC tags and use them for pursuing a number of tasks with your phone which includes launching a website, opening a map, or changing your phone’s settings or configurations.
Though NFC tags can be built for any phone accessing Google portal, in this blog we will be focusing on Nexus S in particular. In order to create one NFC tag, it is first mandatory to purchase one for yourself. For now, the most convenient option is to order these online. Some of the best online sites to buy NFC tags include Tagage, Sparkfun, Touchtag, BuySmartCard, CoreRFID, and a few others.
Next step is writing tags with NFC task launcher for Android phones. Since, we are focusing on making tags for Android OS there are a number of apps that permit this in Android apps market. NFC task launcher from Joshua Krohn is one such example. The NFC tags he built are being used by him in his car, workplace, and home to put his phone in variou modes.. Some of the prime tasks supported by his app include enabling and disabling of his Toggle Wifi, configuring new Wifi connection, changing phone’s ringtone, alarm volume, media volume, ringer volume, notification volume, and several others
Personally developed NFC tags can be used for several other purposes including creation of vCard tasks, profile tasks, URI tags, text tags, and several others. The app from Joshua can be purchased from Android marketplace for just $1.99. To check out the complete process of NFC tags reading and writing, you can check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnqmyNEQPq0&feature=player_embedded
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