Mobile phones have occupied an important position in our lives and they are perceived as something more than just a communication means today. Smartphones nearly facilitate everything that we use our Computer for! No no, we are not getting into any debate of ‘Computers vs Smartphones’ here; but I was just wondering what more features could be packed into a Mobile phone to increase its productivity…
Most of you would know that I had been to Goa, a few days back. Of course I know that you check my Facebook Photo Albums, and have been commenting actively on them. I think I must make you aware, that I was attending a Nokia event in the beautiful Goan environment. Now, what was this event about?
The Event was basically for making Technology Bloggers aware about the NFC technology and give them a proper experience of using it on Nokia Smartphones. So, for your information the upcoming Nokia phones namely the 600, 700 and 701 are featuring the NFC technology. So, lets go into some technicalities..
What is NFC?
For all those who haven’t heard about NFC before; it is an acronym for Near Field Communication, which is a very short-range Wireless radio technology which allows simple and secure communication between devices.
When the devices are very close to each other (typically closer than 4cm), a handshake takes place and connection is established using Bluetooth as the communication medium in most cases. NFC works in the 13.56 MHz range and can transmit data upto 424 Kbits/sec.
Just a small tap between two devices (NFC enabled) together and the communication starts! Note that the communication is NOT interrupted if you separate the two devices once the handshake takes place and communication is established. It basically simplifies the communication into just an easy gesture.
What is NFC currently used for?
Mobile Payments is a very famous application of NFC, where Payments can be made by your NFC capable device rather than Cash or Credit cards.
Access Cards used by various Institutions and Luxury Hotels instead of Keys and Identity cards are also NFC applications.
Travel Cards used for purchasing tickets once filled with a fixed sum of money, also work on NFC.
How is Nokia pioneering the use of NFC in SmartPhones?
Firstly, let me tell you that Nexus S was the first NFC capable phone in the Indian market, but this feature of the phone went unnoticed.
Nokia is bringing in Symbian Belle Operating System, the newer version of its Symbian platform to its Smartphones and these Smartphones will all be equipped with the NFC Hardware and Software too. So, all the phones with the Symbian Belle OS will be NFC ready.
Nokia has launched three amazing Belle phones namely the Nokia 600, 700 and 701 in the Indian market. More portfolio of NFC phones are also going to be added soon..
Nokia is in talks with various companies to collaborate and integrate NFC, so that Consumers find wider application of their NFC capable Smartphones. Also, a lot of marketing activities are undertaken revolving around the ‘Just Tap’ function for its NFC ready Smartphones.
What can be done with Nokia’s NFC powered Smartphones?
Transferring files from one phone to another
Just activate the NFC functionality and TAP two Smartphones together. A handshake takes place, connection is established and the transfer begins. You can transfer any file be it audio, video, a document, etc.
Playing Multimedia on an NFC compatible Music system
The Nokia 360 Play which is an NFC compatible Speaker works well to play multimedia files. With just a gentle tap on it, the Music starts playing instantly.
Connecting Wireless Headset
Now, Just Tap and pair your Nokia NFC Smartphone with the NFC headset instantly without getting into any hassles.
Reading the NFC Tags
Promotions using NFC Tags have already started where you just have to tap a poster to receive a link. Then you can visit the link to download any software or to get more information regarding the product. Also, Nokia will be packing one additional NFC Tag with its Smartphones which you can use to Download some Cool Apps.
Unlocking Features in Softwares
A customised version of Angry Birds games is pre-installed on the Symbian Belle devices, where some levels can be unlocked by Tapping it to another NFC Smartphone.
What is the future of NFC?
The Future of NFC is unwritten, but it is surely bright! With the features mentioned above already introduced on Mobile phones, advanced applications will surely be available soon.
You can surely expect your Mobile to act as your Travelling Pass or may be as a Discount coupon when you shop at some supermarket. With NFC coming to average Smartphones, a new revolution in the world of Mobile phones just seems to be on the cards.