24
Oct
tectile

I love NFC. In fact, I use it every single day and can't imagine going back to life without it. Since I'm running CyanogenMod 10 on both my tablet and phone, I take full advantage of the profiles feature, which allows custom settings for various situations like work, home, night, and more, each of which can be activated (and de-activated) via NFC.

Beginning now, Samsung owners with NFC-capable phones can utilize a very similar feature with the newly updated TecTile app. For those who may not know, TecTile is a Samsung proprietary application that lets users write and re-write activities to NFC tags. And now, with version 3, it allows far more customization than before.

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First off, it packs the aforementioned profiles feature. For example, if you want your ringer and notification volume set to 100% with vibrations on, Bluetooth enabled, Wi-FI disabled, and automatic brightness  when you're not home, you can assign that to a "car" profile, then write a trigger to an NFC tag. As soon as you tap the tag, the profile is activated. The cool thing here, though, is if you have a friend with different settings for their "car" profile, the NFC tag will activate it as it's defined on their handset. Pretty rad.

Aside from that, the update also brings stored tag history, support for private tags, and the ability to unlock a previously locked TecTile (Samsung's branded NFC tags).

The update is available now in the Play Store, so if you have a compatible device, hit the widget to grab it.

Note: TecTile is available to users in the US and Canada only.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/JaytonGarnett Jayton Garnett

    Please give a link to the non-american app on Google Play.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.tectiles2

    • http://twitter.com/rhedgehog rhedgehog

      But the non-American app is several versions behind... I'd much rather they gave a link direct to the APK.

    • Sorian

      NFC Task Launcher is an alternative to Samsung's NFC writer. AndroidPolice used it for their post for Fun with NFC.
      http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/04/12/fun-with-nfc-automating-simple-tasks-with-an-nfc-capable-phone/

      • http://twitter.com/JaytonGarnett Jayton Garnett

        I Know, I've got NFC Task Launcher - but having the Samsung app as rhedgehog has said would be advantageous - as would having the app pre-installed for many users.

  • olbp

    How much are these things? At a quarter a piece, I might give them a try. Higher, meh!

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Think more like $2-3 each.

    • http://twitter.com/tnolte Timothy Nolte
    • http://twitter.com/tnolte Timothy Nolte

      Looks like NewEgg has the pack on sale for $9.99

    • Sorian

      Quick search found some NFC tags for around $1 a tag.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        You may need to be a little careful as I've seen some that have much smaller storage, or I think there may be some that are not re-writable. As I said above though, I'm new to NFC

    • eleazar

      On tagsfordroid.com they are about $1.50 each. I picked up the 10 pack + keychain for $15.99. Although I haven't had time to setup any awesome tags yet :(

  • Pete

    Can this turn on gps and / or launch Navigation?

    • Sorian

      Yes, you can write a tag that will turn enable GPS and Bluetooth (for headset), and launch Navigation.

  • Bart

    It is saying that I can't install that app in my country great.

  • hollywoodfrodo

    can get cooler looking cheaper android themed tags with same specs as tectiles at andytags.com

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Do the AndyTags you sell have the same capacity and functionality as the Samsung ones? I'm new to all the NFC stuff.

      • hollywoodfrodo

        yep - check out the website - there's a video demo using them w/tectile app. same 1k capacity tags.

  • bevardimusg

    NFC task launcher can launch Tasker tasks through NFC... can the Samsung app do the same? If not, NFC task launcher wins.

  • Tucker Chastain

    I bought these when they first came out thinking that they could launch shortcut. I use the app "My Profiles" and I am able to create basically what the update has with the different profiles. I don't want to move away from this app because it keeps a persistent notification of which profile I have set. Anybody have any ideas?