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Will Verduzco · Oct 11, 2013

Unlock Your Phone Using NFC

Over the last few months, we've talked about many different of simulating some of the built-in features of the Moto X on other devices. This includes apps (and open source projects) that deliver Active Display functionality and make Google Now listen to you at all times. A new modification courtesy of XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has appeared, and it allows any NFC tag to be programmed to function like the Motorola Skip. The app, aptly titled NFC Unlocking, comes in the form of an...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 27, 2013

Use NFC for App Access and Control

As we talked about a little while ago, NFC can accomplish far more than "merely" serving as a replacement for your credit card. After all, while incredibly cool, NFC mobile payments make up just one potential use for the technology---and one that not very many devices support in the first place due to the lack of an NFC secure element. One such alternative use for the technology is automation. Due to having two young children with a penchant for Netflix...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 23, 2013

NFC Presentation Leads to Creative Thinking about NFC Technology

The past few articles featuring some presentations from the recent XDA:DevCon 2013 have focused on operating systems and app development. From great app development presentations to Ubuntu Touch development and even a Firefox OS presentation, these topics were thoroughly covered. However, that doesn’t mean that we forgot about the hardware. Our next presentation was given by the NFC lady, Pearl Chen. Pearl is known for educating people about many different topics, from web development to Arduino and NFC.  Pearl is...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 19, 2013

Add Contacts More Efficiently with AddMeNow

When you're out and you meet someone new, what do you do? Chances are that if they're interesting, you add them to your contacts list. Most people do this by sending a message to their new friend so that both parties have each other's contact info. But it's now 2013, and there should be a better way than entering in contact details and manually texting afterward. Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor SystemErrorOne's new application AddMeNow, adding contacts is now significantly easier. When...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 18, 2013

NFC-Removal Actions Updated to Xposed Module

Two months ago, we took a look at an innovative alternative use for NFC tags. Rather than activating when touching a device to a tag, XDA Forum Member madfish73 came up with a method to perform actions when removing a device from an NFC tag. To accomplish this, madfish73 showed us how to modify a device’s NFC.apk to add in the android.nfc.action.TAG_LOST intent and then use that to activate tasks with a modified AnyTag application. Naturally, this was a bit of a cumbersome process, and many users who...

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Samantha · Aug 13, 2013

Unlock Your Device with NFC

We previously featured a mod for the Samsung Galaxy S3 teaching folks how to unlock the device with NFC. This is quite a useful function if you've teamed your device up with an NFC-enabled case or with a Tasker setup. However, it was unfortunate that only one device could take advantage of this. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member peurocs4, a few more devices will be able to enjoy this function. Peurocs4 has created a guide enabling users of devices with...

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Samantha · Aug 11, 2013

Activate NFC at Any Time

One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place. There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device's...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 19, 2013

Pearl Chen to Talk NFC Development at XDA:DevCon 2013

From HTML to LEDs or Android to Arduino, Hardware Hacking is a pastime of many people including XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. Another hardware enthusiast is Pearl Chen. When working on something, she takes on a cross-disciplinary approach. With over 9 years of professional experience in web technologies, Pearl has a body of work that includes Facebook campaigns for Google Chrome and microsites for Nike. Pearl also tackles more unusual jobs such as modifying the guts of Nintendo Wii controllers...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 14, 2013

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...

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Samantha · Jun 12, 2013

How to Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S3 with NFC

Having a password, PIN, or combination lock on your device can be quite an inconvenience every time you want to unlock your phone, especially when you have one for the sake of guarding against snooping eyes. If this is the actual case for any of you Samsung Galaxy S3 users out there, you may be pleased to know that you can bypass this problem while maintaining the security with the help of NFC tags. XDA Forum Member Monteillard has come up with...

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Samantha · Jun 9, 2013

What Can You Scan with Your NFC-Enabled Phone?

With a more than a decade-old history, near field communication, better known as NFC, seems to have only just recently exploded onto the market, mass distributed with almost every new device since 2012 and onward. You now see ads marketing and exhibiting the 'magic' of this relatively old technology, exemplified with people merely touching their phones together to share photos, videos, documents and so on. But did you know that you aren't limited to these specific use cases? XDA Senior...

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rstanford · Mar 23, 2013

Share Files Quickly with SuperBeam

Transferring photos, videos, and other files to another device can be a long and drawn out process, depending on how many files you try to move around. Now, thanks to the work from XDA Senior Member majedev, sharing multiple files is a lot quicker. SuperBeam allows users to share any file stored on their device with another device using the application. The only requirement to fully utilize SuperBeam is a smartphone that runs Android 4.0 or later. If you happen...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 25, 2013

Android Beam Capable File Manager – Introducing File Beam

Android 4.1 brought quite a few surprises, improvements, and extensions in functionality since it was introduced last year. Needless to say, many of the OS's features require hardware elements, such as NFC and Beam functionality. The concept is simple and it works quite well. However, the implementation of this on Google's AOSP as well as manufacturer's variants is limited to a few things such as pictures or video. Having said that, there is more to life than just sharing visual...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 4, 2012

App Review: Control Your Phone with NFC Tags Using AnyTAG NFC – XDA Developer TV

Near-Field Communications, or NFC, is a new and exciting technology. The mainstream media likes to tout its ability to allow for contact-less payments with your mobile device. However, there is so much more you can do with NFC. In the sixth in a series of XDA Pro Tips, XDA Elite Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler showed you some of the possibilities of NFC tags. Now, XDA Forum Member wedjohn57 has shared an application that allows you to do almost...

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FallenWriter · Sep 30, 2012

What Can We Learn from the Galaxy S III NFC Hack?

NFC technology is poised to become the core of the mobile payment world. Nearly every cutting edge smartphone released in the next year will feature some form of NFC and mobile payments. Every major player from Verizon to Google, from MasterCard to American Express is in some way attempting to enter the market and gain a foothold in the thriving industry. Yet this is not without cost: Near-Field Communication technology is new and relatively untested. By linking it with our...

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Former Writer · Sep 26, 2012

AnyTAG NFC Launcher Opens Apps Via NFC

NFC has slowly been gaining in popularity since it started making its way into mobile phones. While the most common usage for NFC is mobile payment through services like ISIS and Google Wallet, there are actually a number of other ways to use NFC tags. The latest application of the technology is to use it as a pseudo-task manager using an application called AnyTAG. AnyTAG basically allows you to open and close a variety of tasks and applications via NFC. This...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 30, 2012

SimplyTapp NFC Payment System Debuts with CyanogenMod 9.1

While CyanogenMod 10 becomes the norm for many cutting-edge device, it appears that CyanogenMod 9.1 still has a trick up its sleeve when it debuts. In an industry first, CyanogenMod (a community-maintained Android ROM that isn't directly affiliated with the AOSP) has partnered with NFC cloud-based payment company SimplyTapp to produce a new method of paying for real goods and services with NFC-capable devices. Much like Google Wallet, Google's NFC payment system, SimplyTapp allows users of NFC capable devices (flashed...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 30, 2012

Mobile NFC Payments Platform ISIS Launching Soon

Announced months earlier, the ISIS NFC mobile payments project seems to be getting much attention in the media lately. The collaborative effort between T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which is set to launch shortly, aims to bring NFC-based mobile payments to the subscribers of these carriers across United States as a competitor to Google Wallet. In the change log of the latest software updated released for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II, mention of an ISIS/NFC update was spotted by  XDA Senior Member manekineko. This can...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 11, 2012

Enable NFC on Samsung Galaxy S II Variants Running Jelly Bean

If you have one of the Samsung Galaxy S II variants that shipped with NFC and are currently running a custom Jelly Bean ROM, you might have noticed the lack of functional NFC capabilities on your phone. Fortunately, you needn't wait any longer. Thanks to XDA Senior Member jthatch12, you can now enable NFC on any custom Jelly Bean ROM on your Galaxy S II. The hack is quite straight-forward, and all it requires is an SGS II variant that comes with...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 23, 2012

Pro Tip Number 6: Effective Use of NFC Tags – XDA TV

In the sixth in a series of XDA Pro Tips, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler demonstrates the use of NFC (Near-Field Communication) tags. AdamOutler begins by showing how to used the Tag ID to trigger a scripted event using an Android Application. Next, AdamOutler shows data being written and retrieved to and from a tag. Finally, AdamOutler discusses the NFC technology briefly. So sit back, relax, and check out the video. (more…)

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