Recently we spoke about how Apple overlooked NFC for the iPhone 4S, now we have some exciting information regarding RIM’s NFC plans for BlackBerry devices.
As you are probably aware RIM’s latest barrages of smartphone all feature NFC technology, however up until now the close proximity communications technology has not been utilized, things are progressing though as we can confirm that BlackBerry Tag is the name of of RIM’s NFC implementation. Developers will be happy to hear that a BlackBerry Tag API will be released, which means apps will be able to boast NFC features.
Currently it is thought that Tag will be used to share contact info, documents, photos, videos, music and URLs by just tapping two BlackBerry smartphones together, we can’t wait to see what innovative ways developers use NFC – if you have any ideas let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Here is what a Research in Motion representive had to say about BlackBerry Tag (sourced from SlashGear):
“BlackBerry Tag is an exciting and innovative feature that makes sharing contact information and multimedia content effortless and seamless,” and added “BlackBerry Tag opens a new dimension to the BlackBerry platform that is powerful, simple and intuitive and we think it will be welcomed by both users and developers.”
So far RIM devices which boast a built-in NFC chip are the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, Blackberry Curve 9350/9360/9370 and BlackBerry Torch 9810/9860, it is thought that all new devices (which run BlackBerry 7) will all boast this tech, so we think it will really start to take off very soon. Update: The Torch 9810 and 9850 do not support NFC Technology.
When the API will be released to developers is currently unknown, but at least we know that it is on the way, if it becomes popular it will be interesting to see if the next iPhone boasts NFC.