April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Activate Actions upon Removal of NFC Tags
Using NFC to launch actions or perform certain tasks when you tap your device on a tag is a pretty cool thing. In fact, it’s hardly something new, as we’ve even covered a few tools that let you do so easily. These past uses, however, rely on tapping a tag to perform an action. Wouldn’t it be useful for other use-cases if you could activate a task when removing a tag from your device? Just think; this could allow you to do things such as setting up an NFC-based alarm or both activating and removing settings changes when a tag is touched.
Thankfully, this is where XDA Forum Member madfish73 comes in. Similarly to the previously linked article, this functionality is accomplished using AnyTAG NFC. However, it is actually a modified version of AnyTAG that is used in this guide, and a few modifications are made to your device’s NFC.apk to add in the android.nfc.action.TAG_LOST intent and enable tag removal detection functionality.
As described by the guide author:
What this mod can do?
after did this mod, with AnyTag(mod) + tasker + secure settings plugin + secure settings helper, you can:
1. put your phone on the “Bedside tag”, your phone turn to silence mod, take the phone off the tag, your phone auto turn off silence mod
2. put your phone on the “CarDock tag”, your phone auto unlock, turn to CarHome mode, run some special apps, take the phone off the tag, your phone auto kill some special apps, exit carhome mode, lock screen …
3. Other things you can image….
If you wish to learn more, you can get started by simply heading over to the original thread.
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