Will Verduzco · Sep 27, 2013 at 05:30 am

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 viewing, XDA Forum Member odwdinc decided to streamline a method to control various apps by using NFC tags. His guide uses physical tags, as well as a few add-on programs to script many complicated input tasks that would otherwise be difficult for young one (or those otherwise unable to use smartphones).

The guide is currently a work-in-progress, as “only” Pandora, Netflix, Skype, and YouTube are supported. Furthermore, the list of URIs that are used are undocumented, and thus may stop working at any time.

The guide currently is aimed at advanced users and those who can contribute. This is because the individual steps for calling the URIs via Tasker and NFC Task Launcher are not yet described. However, if you have experience using these programs and all you need are the commands, this is a great place to start. And if you know of additional URIs to accomplish more tasks with more apps, please feel free to contribute.

Head over to the original thread to get started on the journey towards NFC-based app access and control.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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