Samsung overhauls TecTile app with new NFC customizations
Samsung Electronics is updating its TecTile application for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, offering users new options for customizing the manufacturer's Near Field Communications-enabled TecTile tag technology.
Samsung first unveiled TecTiles this June--the stickers can be programmed to automate device settings and functions like launching an app, joining a Wi-Fi network, silencing the phone when entering a meeting, setting an alarm or dimming the display at bedtime. Users program functionality via the TecTile app, available as a free download from the Google Play storefront, then tap their smartphone against the tag to automatically trigger the desired function.
With the new TecTile 3.0, Samsung device users can now program multiple actions to a single sticker, define preloaded profiles (e.g., "normal," "office," "night" and "car") for more efficient toggling throughout the day and create private tags that limit execution of commands to a designated device. Samsung is also expanding the list of TecTile-enabled phone settings to include airplane mode, additionally integrating more comprehensive alarm settings and automatic ringtone changes.
TecTile 3.0 also brings enhanced integration with other apps. Users may now program features like electronic business card sharing and call forwarding. Consumers may also program a TecTile to update their status across social networks such as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google+, LinkedIn and foursquare, initiate a Google Talk conversation, check in via Google Places or share their location using Glympse.
Samsung sells programmable TecTile tags in packages of five priced at $14.99--the stickers are available directly from its website or in-store from AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile USA. Close to a dozen NFC-enabled Android smartphones support TecTile, including Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II.
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