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Samsung has updated its TecTile app to add more features like batch actions and the ability to set tags to private.

The mobile app is meant to program Samsung TecTile NFC hardware tags that can be used to automate tasks. Users can tap their phones on tags to perform common tasks. You can launch a running app and the music app before a workout, for example, or tap one by the bedside to mute the ringer and launch the alarm clock app.

The TecTile tags were first released in June, together with the launch of the S3 to show off its NFC capabilities. The version 3 update accompanies the entrance of the Galaxy Note 2 on U.S. shores, and brings a number of new features.

With TecTile 3.0, users will be able to set their phones to launch several actions associated with one tag. This can be set to several batch actions, so an “office” profile could set the phone to silent and turn on Wi-Fi.

More actions are available to the app too, including the sharing of business cards, sending canned emails, and playing and pausing tracks. The app already allowed Facebook and Foursquare check-ins, and the new version adds Google+ and Google Places to that list. Tags can be also be set to "private" now.

A fuller list of the new features is available at Samsung’s site.

The app and tags aren’t exclusive to Samsung hardware. The HTC One X, for example, supports the app, and other makers have programmable NFC tags as well -- Sony released its Xperia SmartTags in January. You can find other apps that will pack more programmable functions, as well.

Plenty of white box NFC tags are available online too, often at a far lower price. However, official Samsung TecTiles tags go for US$14.99 for a pack of five at carrier, retail and online stores.


Reader comments

Samsung TecTile app bumped to version 3.0


yep - you can use any tags (like the cool android themed ones from andytags), but make sure you get 1k tags. there are smaller capacity tags which might not have enough memory for some complex actions.

Yep, was about to post asking if anyone's found any good uses for these things. I have a bunch sitting at home but they're kinda useless.

I use one at work that is taped under my desk(where I sit my phone in the mornings) that mutes it turns off bluetooth and enabled the wifi AP, then in my car I have one stuck in the dock that turns the phone and media volume up to max enables bluetooth and disabled the WIFI AP. Dont really use one at home because I just use what the car tag sets it to.

if you go to the andytags website there's a list of ideas and also bunch of demo videos - really it's about automation. Just like voice control. Anything you can do with nfc tags you can do without them, but they make it faster/easier...

one use I love is to turn on bluetooth and connect to bluetooth media reciever with one simple tap! Way easier than having to go into settings, open bluetooth, find the media receiver and select it to pair.

I have an NFC sticker next to my bed, I tap it and it silents the ringer AND turns off the notification light so it doesn't bother me while I'm sleeping. Tapping it in the morning turns the notification light back on as well as turns off silent mode. I've heard of people putting NFC stickers on the back of their tab to turn on and off wifi tethering on their smartphone. NFC is pretty damn cool