NFC Posts on XDA

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...